Exhibitions of children’s book illustration are not irregular occurrences these days. Some of my favorite books have found life on gallery walls recently (ex. Where the Wild Things Are) and the Curious George series is no exception. Curious George Saves the Day at The Jewish Museum does more than simply celebrate a well loved character. The exhibition celebrates the lives of creators Margret and H.A. Rey. The duo fled Nazi-occupied Europe for Paris, their manuscript safely tucked in their possessions, in 1940. They eventually made it to the United States, and in the exhibition the parallels of their personal voyage and the life of the curious monkey are revealed.
Fun Stuff. On view through August 1, 2010.
A few more images follow.