Sendak exhibit reception Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7pm

In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak
Through October 14 at Rohrbach Library
Main Floor Café Area
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7:00pm
RL Room 100B (Voices + Choices Center)
Info: or 610-683-4766

Maurice Sendak has occasionally given names to the Wild Things. These two are named for Sendak himself. The first is Moishe, Maurice’s Yiddish name, while the bull-like Wild Thing is Bernard, which is his middle name.

Rohrbach Library is hosting a magnificent exhibit about the childhood of a man whose singular talent and vision have made their mark on many of our childhoods: Maurice Sendak–best known for Where the Wild Things Are, of course, but responsible for so much more besides. It’s just one of more than 90 published books that he has had a hand in creating.

In fact, the exhibit’s opening reception this Thursday comes just a few days ahead of the release of a new

Four events are happening in Kutztown during the exhibit, including the opening at RL Sep. 1 and a film screening at Louisa Gonser Community Library Sep. 9.

book by the prolific Sendak. It’s the first in 30 years to be both written and illustrated by him.

Our speaker at the Sep. 1 opening will be the man who curated the exhibit, the brilliant young Sendak scholar Patrick Rodgers who will drive out from the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philly to be with us.  Sendak long ago chose the Rosenbach as the primary repository of his papers, drafts, sketches, notes, and more; the museum now houses more than 10,000 items connected with him.

Sendak consciously distilled the visual essences of notorious historical misanthropes (Hitler among them) to create the bully Brundibar.

Patrick, who has spent a lot of time interviewing Sendak and even more time poring over his work, will speak of the cathartic nature of his craft. “For more than 60 years,” Patrick Rodgers says, “Sendak’s mission as an illustrator has been to explore the jubilant fantasies of childhood while acknowledging the harsh realities in which kids grow up.” Patrick’s talk will, in part, explore the ways the artist uses the picture book form “to confront, question, and understand those realities.” He’ll also show video of some of his Sendak interviews, and share an insider’s perspective of the new book on the eve of its publication.

For more on In a Nutshell at Rohrbach Library, visit these websites that are packed not only with details on the Kutztown events but also with background galore on Maurice Sendak.


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