Technologies may change, but that feeling you get when you open your favorite children’s book never will. For all the joy Pixar and, hell, maybe even Angry Birds has brought us over the years, very few cartoonists can even touch the legacy that is Maurice Sendak.
A new exhibit and corresponding coffee-table book--celebrating both the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are and what would have been Sendak’s 85th birthday--make the case that there’s a bunny-suit-clad Max inside each of us.
But this collection of 200 rare (some never before seen) pieces from the Brooklyn native’s estate isn’t on display in any grand Fifth Avenue institution or even a hip Chelsea gallery but rather in a quaint townhouse on the Upper East Side: The Museum of the Society of Illustrators. (Who knew?) On display are sketches of popular characters, equally as moving (yet not as well known) artwork, personal ephemera and even a failed New Yorker cover attempt.
Let the wild rumpus start.
Through August 17; The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd St. (between Park and Lexington aves.); 212-838-2560 or societyillustrators.org