This family exhibition celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott award by showcasing the magical world of children’s books with an illustration from each of the 16 books that have won the distinguished medal or honor award over the past four years.
The Caldecott Medal, America’s oldest award for picture book illustrations, was first given in 1938, when members of the American Library Association (ALA), who were already honoring children’s book authors with the Newbery Medal, realized that the illustrators of these books were deserving of recognition as well. The ALA members named the new award after Randolph Caldecott, a 19th-century illustrator whose work was unique in his time—not just in its humor but also in its sense of movement, vitality, and action that so perfectly complemented the stories it accompanied. Today’s winners are selected by a team of respected librarians and children’s literature experts who review books throughout a year and award the medal and several honors to the most distinguished American picture book illustrators.
Among the featured works in this special anniversary display are Jon Klassen’s striking illustrations for the darkly humorous This Is Not My Hat, a tale of a tiny fish on the run after stealing a much bigger fish’s hat, as well as his innovative digital designs that weave an infectious vibrancy through Extra Yarn, the story of a little girl knitting colorful knitwear for everyone and everything in her black-and-white town. Peter Brown’s gripping cinematic style in Creepy Carrots! has the suspicious vegetables flipping in delight after stopping their antagonist, while Chris Raschka’s masterful paintings of watercolor, gouache, and ink are all that is needed to tell the tale of a little dog who has lost her most cherished toy in the delightfully wordless A Ball for Daisy.
In these and all of the award-winning paintings, drawings, and prints on display, artists have conjured wondrous worlds on the page, offering a place not only where their characters play, pretend, and dream but where children’s imaginations can soar.
3 days 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago “It's instinctive in a certain kind of painting... It's like a nervous system… The feeling is going on with the task. The line is the feeling, from a soft thing, a dreamy thing, to something hard, something arid, something lonely, something ending, something beginning.”
Happy birthday, Cy Twombly!
Image: Cy Twombly. The First Part of the Return from Parnassus, 1961. Through prior gift of Mary and Leigh Block; Marian and Samuel Klasstorner and Major Acquistions Endowment Income funds; Wirt D. Walker Trust; Estate of Walter Aitken; Director's Fund; Helen A. Regenstein Endowment; Laura T. Magnuson Acquisition Fund.
3 days 18 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago MAY 15—Join us for After Dark with special tours of Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840, live performances, DJ sets, pints of Guinness at the cash bar, and more!