It may seem odd to have such a big show about illustrations in Children’s books but the whole landscape has changed and today’s illustrators have the characters less traditional and changing form. If you look at the modern books, the illustrations have a great deal of humor with Teddy Bears sitting on top of chimneys, characters being eaten by alligators and animals sitting in furniture designed by Americas leading designers as well as well as wearing clothing in the latest fashion. You also will see scenes with famous monuments or building designed by famous people like Frank Lloyd Wright.
The current show concentrates on 3 fairy tales that are told around the world with local touchstones, the three are “Cinderella,” “The Three Little Pigs,” and “Goldilocks” presented with modifications to suite local customs.
When you first start looking at the illustrations, many of them look very drab as the result of the stage in the color printing of the particular subject as it is readied for reproduction. As you look closer you can see the magnificent details that are in the work which will show in the final product.
The museum is offering several exhibition-themed events such as Children’s read aloud tours (Thursdays October 3-November 14 10:30 a.m.) conversation with Nichols B. Clark (guest curator) and Steven Guarnaccia (illustrator) about the exhibition “Cinderella & Co. - Three Fairy Tales Reimagined” (October 24 at 6 p.m.) “Stroller Tours” designed especially for adults accompanied by babies (Tuesday November 12 at 10:30 p.m.) will add special activities for the show.