"Where the Wild Things Are: Original Drawings by Maurice Sendak" Exhibition

The Morgan Library & Museum

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This special exhibition features original drawings and manuscript pages from the classic children's book "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak (b. 1928). The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to witness Sendak's creative process—from his early drafts about an unnamed boy in search of wild horses to the well-known narrative about a child named Max taming the beastly "things" of his own imagination. Twelve drawings and two manuscript pages will be on view in the Morgan's historic McKim building. The exhibition includes such iconic images as Max in his wolf suit, grinning in his tree-filled bedroom; his arrival in the land of "wild things"; and his triumphant departure by sailboat. Also on view are a pencil drawing for the cover illustration of a sleeping "wild thing" as well as a preliminary sketch—not incorporated into the final published version—of a mischievous Max on all fours atop the dinner table slurping a strand of spaghetti.

[Image: Maurice Sendak Top: "Preliminary drawing of dust jacket for Where the Wild Things Are" pen and ink, watercolor. © Maurice Sendak, 1963. Bottom "That very night in Max's room a forest grew / and grew." Final drawing for 'Where the Wild Things Are' Pen and ink, watercolor. © Maurice Sendak, 1963]



from October 06, 2009 to November 01, 2009


Maurice Sendak

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