Curious George Takes Manhattan
And Sets His Sights on the Rest of the Nation
Curious George, the worlds favorite mischief-maker, has
never been one to shy away from adventure. Now, in celebration
of his 60th anniversary, hes set to travel the country as
part of a new exhibit, Celebrating 60 Years of Curious George:
The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey. This exciting exhibit of
original artwork and memorabilia sponsored by Houghton Mifflin
Publishers and drawn from the de Grummond Childrens Literature
Collection in Mississippiwill debut at the Childrens
Museum of Manhattan on October 3, 2001. In 2002, the exhibit will
travel to Los Angeles and then make its way to several other cities.
Celebrating 60 Years of Curious George: The Art of Margret
and H. A. Rey contains many fascinating and unique items from
the creators of Curious George. The timeless appeal of H.A.s
familiar images takes center stage in the many sketches, preliminary
drawings and full-color illustrations that are included. Visitors
can view dummy pages and original artwork from all their favorite
Curious George books, as well as from other beloved Rey titles.
Margrets many talents are evident in the variety of items
she producedCurious George knitted socks, a needlepoint
portrait of her husband, a beautiful woodcut. The works included
in the exhibit span the Reys entire lifetime, from a painting
done by H.A. at age eight to samples of the New Years cards
they designed every year.
Houghton Mifflin Publishers is pleased to offer childrens
literature fans this rare glimpse into the lives of Curious Georges
creators. When the de Grummond collection was founded at the University
of Southern Mississippi in 1966, the Reys were among its earliest
contributors. More materials were added over the years and in
1996, with the death of Margret, the remaining literary estate
was given to the de Grummond Collection. It was in this collection
that the manuscript for Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World
(2000) was found in October of 1999.
Celebrating 60 Years of Curious George: The Art of Margret and
H. A. Rey will be at the Childrens Museum of Manhattan
from October 3, 2001, through February 28, 2002. The Childrens
Museum of Manhattan is located at 212 W. 83rd Street.