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October 8, 2009

The Washington Post Agrees: New Sendak/Wild Things Exhibitions “Exceptional,” Rosenbach “Gemlike”

Clockwise from top: Preliminary design for cover of Where the Wild Things Are. Watercolor on paper. © Maurice Sendak, 1963. All rights reserved. Maurice Sendak and Spike Jonze collaborating. A production still from the new Where the Wild Things Are Movie (Bottom images both courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Clockwise from top: Preliminary design for cover of Where the Wild Things Are. Watercolor on paper. (©Maurice Sendak, 1963. All rights reserved.) Bottom: Maurice Sendak and Director Spike Jonze. A production still from the new Where the Wild Things Are Movie. (Bottom images both courtesy of Warner Bros.)

The Washington Post just published a piece yesterday about The Rosenbach Museum and the special exhibitions it is hosting to coincide with the release of the new Where the Wild Things Are movie.

An excerpt from the article:

For an even more exceptional experience, several days a week the Rosenbach offers “hands-on tours,” terrific chances to examine one author’s books and manuscripts up close. On my first hands-on tour, about Shakespeare, I got to hold some of the earliest editions of his plays and learned facts and anecdotes from a museum curator.

During October there are three — only three! — hands-on tours featuring all sorts of “Wild Things” artifacts. Best is an early draft of the text that Sendak wrote in pen on notebook paper, at the bottom of which he scrawled, “Abandon!!!! Dreadful story.”

Here’s more information about the referenced hands-on tours, coming up on October 14, 18 and 23.

Also, The Rosenbach is hosting a benefit screening of the film on Wednesday, October 14 at the Ritz East. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm followed by the film screening at 7:30 pm. All proceeds from this exclusive fundraising event will support programs and exhibitions at the Rosenbach.

Tickets are a bit steep ($100 for adults, $20 for kids) but it’s a chance to support the Rosenbach while being one of the first to see the film before it opens to the public. Tickets to the benefit screening may be purchased by calling (215) 732-1600 ext. 123.

Philadelphia Brings Out the Beasts: A ‘Wild’ Experience for Little Ones [The Washington Post]
The Rosenbach Museum & Library [Gophila.com]

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