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Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works at NMOA March 1-April 27

Posted on March 2, 2014
Filed Under North Tahoe Art Scene

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Maurice Sendak, Moishe Head from Where the Wild Things Are, 1979.

The Nevada Museum of Art is excited to welcome a fun, celebratory exhibit sure to bring out the kid in everyone. Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Maurice Sendak’s highly acclaimed children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. The Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery hosts the comprehensive memorial exhibition March 1 through April 27, 2014.

The first exhibition presented by the Museum’s Education Department, Maurice Sendak is designed to delight families and children of all ages. In addition to 50 works from Sendak, the exhibition features several programming events, including storytelling, themed art classes, bookmaking workshops, lectures, a pajama party film screening, and a “wild rumpus.”

This engaging show features works in a variety of media and offers a survey of the highlights of Sendak’s career. The late author, artist and illustrator was universally revered for diverse art forms. Spanning children’s literature to Broadway, opera to animated films, even dabbling in young adult textbooks, Sendak’s legacy remains. He will forever be celebrated around the world for his genius and influence on generations of readers.

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Maurice Sendak, Rumpus Trees from Where the Wild Things Are, 1971.

Join the Museum for a series of programs and events celebrating life and work of Maurice Sendak:

FOR KIDS

 Spanish Immersion Preschool Class

Sunday, March 9 / 10 – 11 am

Parents and children will have fun exploring the Spanish translation of Where the Wild Things Are. Spanish immersion class for native and non-native speakers alike, ages 3 – 6 with parent. $12 / $9 Museum members

 Mini Masters: Maurice Sendak

Wednesdays, March 12 – 26 / 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Young artists will enjoy learning basic painting and drawing techniques in a four-week series focused on the art of Maurice Sendak. Includes gallery visits to view the exhibition. Instructed by Merry Mathers for ages 7 – 12, all levels. $82 / $74 Museum members

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MAURICE SENDAK: 50 YEARS, 50 WORKS OPENS SATURDAY AT NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

pg. 2; Contact: Amanda Horn, Director of Communications, 775.398.7228 / amandahorn@nevadaart.org

 Preschool Play: Wild Things!

Sundays, March 16 – 30 / 10 – 10:45 am

Parents and tots will have fun exploring Max’s wild imagination in a variety of media, creating treasured art projects. Price includes one parent and one child ages 2 – 5. Dress for a mess! Instructed by Nicolle Pumori Hall. $27 / $24 Museum members

 Kids’ Corner: Wild Things!

Sundays, March 16 – 30 / 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Parents and “big kids” will create projects inspired by the book Where the Wild Things Are. Participants will create imaginative art projects using a variety of media. Price includes one parent and one child ages 5 – 7. Dress for a mess! Instructed by Nicolle Pumori Hall. $32 / $28 Museum members

 Teen Art Night: Wild Things

Friday, March 21 / 7 – 10 pm

An all-ages “wild rumpus” of a night featuring live music from local bands, hands-on printing workshop, interactive photo booth, button making, and more. Presented in partnership with The Holland Project, a local youth based arts organization. Designed for ages 13 to 22. $5 admission.

 Spring Break Art Camp

Monday – Friday, April 7 – 11 / 8:30 am – noon

Inspired by Where the Wild Things Are, campers will learn the art of storytelling through character development and plot creation, bringing stories to life with their own mixed media illustrations. Participants will create a handmade book to preserve their original creation for years to come. Ages 7 – 12, all levels. $165 / $145 Museum members

FOR FAMILIES

 Hands ON! Second Saturday: Read, Write, Create!

Saturday, March 8 / FREE activities 10 am – 4 pm / FREE admission all day, 10 am – 6 pm

Inspired by the exhibition and celebrating National Reading Month, participants will enjoy book arts themed hands-on activities conceptualized by artist Megan Berner. Interactive storytelling and puppetry by resident artist and member of The Wild Woman Artists, Kathleen Durham.

 Hands ON! Second Saturday: A Wild Rumpus

Saturday, April 12 / FREE Activities 10 am – 4 pm / FREE admission all day, 10 am – 6 pm

Tied to the exhibition Maurice Sendak: Fifty Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, participants will enjoy hands-on art projects, experience an interactive performance by local musical group Music Monsters, and enjoy free access to the Museum’s collections.

 Pajama Party and Film Screening

Friday, April 18 / 6:30 – 9:30 pm

The Museum invites families for a festive pajama party screening of the PG-rated Spike Jonze film Where the Wild Things Are. Registration include movie, snacks, after-hours access to the exhibition, and hands-on art project. Designed for families with children ages 7 – 12. $20 / $16 Museum members

 Complementary Family-Oriented Gallery Guide

In-gallery activity guide complements the exhibition, expanding on themes of language arts, literacy, and story development.

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MAURICE SENDAK: 50 YEARS, 50 WORKS OPENS SATURDAY AT NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

pg. 3; Contact: Amanda Horn, Director of Communications, 775.398.7228 / amandahorn@nevadaart.org

FOR EVERYONE ELSE

 Art Bite: Illustrator Lisa Kurt on Maurice Sendak and Illustration

Friday, March 7 / noon

Reno-based artist and illustrator Lisa Kurt discusses the graphic tradition of illustration and its effects on iconic works. $10 / FREE Museum members

 Premiere Talk: Illustrator Lisa Brown on Sendak for a New Generation

Thursday, March 13 / 6 pm

Brown is author and illustrator of several notable children’s books, many with husband Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket. She will explore Sendak’s significance to new generations of children’s literature. $12 / $8 Museum members

 Senior Art Afternoon

Friday, March 14 / 1 – 3 pm

Seniors (60 +) are invited to develop new relationships with peers and explore topics, culture and art. Includes a focused tour and hands-on art activity inspired by the exhibition and work of Maurice Sendak. Sponsored in part by the Leonette Foundation. $7 / $6 Museum members

 Narrative Illustration: Drawing a Story

Saturdays, March 15 – 22 / 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Create a series of small illustrations in a collaborative process. The project culminates in bound picture books using basic bookmaking skills. Instructed by Lisa Kurt. $64 / $72 Museum members

 Educator Evening

Wednesday, April 2 / 4 – 5:30 pm

Teachers are invited to explore concepts related to language arts, literacy, sequencing and narrative. Educators will be given teaching resources for classroom use and will participate in hands-on activities and discussions related to topics from the exhibition. FREE for educators.

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works will be on view March 1 through April 27, 2014 in the Hawkins Gallery at the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery, located at 160 West Liberty Street in downtown Reno. This exhibition was organized by Opar, Inc. and AFA, New York. Special thanks to AFA, New York for their support.

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