Over the holiday break, we took a trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum to check out the Curious George exhibit. We wanted a pretty laid back holiday and tried to not travel around too much, but this exhibit was too much to resist. It was close and I wasn't sure the kids would ever get to see original art and manuscripts by the Reys. I love looking at original artwork and seeing the original work, and sketches from the Curious George books was intriguing.
We learned so very much. The kids were enthralled and really hung in there, actually studying the exhibit and looking closely at the details. I tend to linger over museum pieces studying details too so I was happy to see this. It's a bit easier to explore museums and their treasures when people aren't clamoring to go and are happy to observe the rich details.
I didn't know the Reys had to flee the Nazis, and I was unaware that they traveled so much. It was intriguing but so interesting to see their passports, telegrams, art journal/diaries and New Year's cards. There was also a pop-up book exhibit. My favorite was The Pop-Up Book of Phobias. Really people. It is a bit subversive. I mean all anyone needs is a clown or spiders popping up and out at them. There was also a cool version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The museum also hosted a few pieces by David Macaulay. Book and art awesomeness . . . .
I can't show you any photos from inside the exhibit due to copyright laws, but I got a couple of shots outside the exhibit. If you live nearby and get a chance, you should go. The exhibit ends February 5th.
Doran was the only one to brave meeting George. I was happy to see this was the old-fashioned George from the 70's. You know the one. I still have my stuffed George-tucked safely away from my children. Sorry guys. He was one of my absolute most favorite toys.
Blurry photo of the fam going in. I am pretty sure this is legal. To the Powers That Be: Please don't arrest me. This was a fabulous exhibit and I wish I could show you more. Seriously if you can, check it out! There is a lot of inspiration and dreaminess to be found.
Happy Thursday friends!