Maurice Sendak Exhibit

About the Exhibit

The Maurice Sendak Exhibit is a retrospective of original works by the beloved children’s book illustrator and author of Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak.

The exhibit includes 50 of Sendak’s works celebrating his heartfelt art. We encourage library customers of all ages and backgrounds to dive into the WILD world of Maurice Sendak this summer and enjoy his art exhibition as well as his books at the Library.

The art will be displayed in the atrium at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library from June 15 – July 9, 2019.

Sneak a Peak of the Exhibit Art

 

Special thanks to the lenders to the exhibition and to AFANYC for their support.

 

 

About Maurice Sendak

Sendak is the author of more than 20 books and the illustrator of over 80 books. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and spent much of his time gazing out his bedroom window while drawing. Sendak’s work is significant because of his use of surrealism in children’s literature. When Where the Wild Things Are was released in the early ‘60s it was controversial for its dark thematic material for a children’s story. Sendak chose to depict an imaginary world that was rooted in reality, because he believed in being honest with his young audience. He said he did not want to depict his characters as he thought they looked, but as he thought they felt. Sendak passed away in 2012, at the age of 83, from complications of a stroke. His art lives on in the heart of both children and adults around the world who have cherished his books.

 

WILD About Reading Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading program (June 1 – July 31) gives children, teens and adults the opportunity to earn prizes while they read for fun and promote the importance of reading in our communities. We are excited for this year’s theme to include Maurice Sendak, honoring his contribution to children’s literature. It is our goal to get our customers truly WILD about their reading experience and we encourage you to join us for a variety of programs throughout the summer.

Learn More about Summer Reading

 

Making the Connection

Parents are encouraged to read some of Sendak’s works to their child and talk about the familiar-looking art in the exhibition that they may recognize from his books. They may also want to engage with their child by asking questions about the characters and themes depicted in Sendak’s books. Asking simple questions and listening is a great way to get your child thinking more deeply about a book or experience and a great way for parents to make memories with their children.

 

Planning Your Visit

You do not have to be a customer of the Metropolitan Library System to visit the exhibit; however, we would encourage you to sign up for a library card during your visit. Tickets are not required to get into the exhibit. Paid parking is available on the street around the library as well as in the Arts District Parking Garage across the street from the library. The exhibit is self-guided.

The Downtown Library is a stop for the Oklahoma City Streetcar. Fares start at $1 and allow you to visit Midtown and Bricktown.

Exhibit Dates

Saturday, June 15th -  Tuesday, July 9th, 2019. 
The Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibit will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, 2019. 

 

Exhibit Hours

Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm

Friday 9am - 6pm

Saturday 9am - 5pm

Sunday 1pm - 6pm

The Ronald J Norick Downtown Library is located at 300 Park Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

 

Events @ the Downtown Library

The Maurice Sendak Exhibition

All Day6/15 - 7/9
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Atrium (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Cultural Experiences
Event Description:
The Maurice Sendak Exhibition is a retrospective of original works by the beloved children’s book illustrator and author of Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak. The exhibit includes 50 of Sendak’s works celebrating his heartfelt art. We encoura...

Sundays Together

June 16, 2019
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Books & Reading, Child Development & Parenting
Event Description:
StoryArt Storytime - A special type of story time for the entire family at your Downtown Library! Join us as we read a story and make art inspired by the illustrator. We will share a book, sometimes sing songs, and take home a souvenir of our time to...

Aliens Among Us

June 17, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Friends Room (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages, Kids
Program Type: Cultural Experiences, Family Programs, Science & STEAM
Event Description:
Jelly-like skin, glowing bodies, too many legs to count! We're not talking about extraterrestrials but the aliens among us! Join us as we explain the bizarre bodies of animals right here on our own planet. Space is limited. First come, first served. ...

Neighborhood Arts: Mister Puppet Show

June 18, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: 46th Star Auditorium (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages, Kids
Program Type: Cultural Experiences
Event Description:
Presenting an original, good-old-fashioned, gut-busting puppet show from professional puppeteer Chandler Jackson. Filled with terrible puns, corny jokes, and ridiculous slapstick comedy, "The Mister Puppet Show" is sure to appeal toward audiences of ...

Neighborhood Arts: Mister Puppet Show

June 18, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: 46th Star Auditorium (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages, Kids
Program Type: Cultural Experiences
Event Description:
Presenting an original, good-old-fashioned, gut-busting puppet show from professional puppeteer Chandler Jackson. Filled with terrible puns, corny jokes, and ridiculous slapstick comedy, "The Mister Puppet Show" is sure to appeal toward audiences of ...

Lunch Bunch Book Club

June 18, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Jim Thorpe Conference Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 13
Event Description:
Do you like meeting new people, trying new book suggestions, or just reading and sharing ideas? If so, bring your lunch and join us to discuss this month's book club selection. The book selection for June is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. C...

Pageturners! Tween Book Club

June 19, 2019
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Cultural Experiences
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 22
Event Description:
Join us every 3rd Monday for The Pageturners Tween Book Club. In addition to the book discussion, there will be an activity related to a theme(s) from the book. Please call for monthly book selections....

Art Time

June 20, 2019
10:00am - 10:45am
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading, Child Development & Parenting, Family Programs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 23
Event Description:
Let's get crafty! Join us as we use a variety of art supplies to create unique masterpieces. This program is held on the third Thursday of each month. ...

 

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