|Lion Picks Up Mouse, Jerry Pinkney 2009|
FAMILY-FRIENDLY EXHIBITIONS ‘Design for the Modern Child’ caught my attention, particularly Pinocchio Rug, by Hey, Horsens 2008. It may look like it is made of Gum balls, but each eye-popping colored ball is assembled row after row to form a circular rug and perhaps teach children a thing or two about color. ‘Candy-Coated Wonderland’ leads the viewer into a fantasy world where multi-media artist Candy-Coated blends nineteenth- and twentieth-century children’s fancy dress costumes into a rich wonderland of colorful vinyl decals, ceramic wall gems and wallpapers to amaze children and adults alike by the costumes and painted imaginary. ‘All Dressed Up: Fashions for Children and their Families’ puts an historical spin on clothing of bygone eras.
WITNESS: THE ART OF JERRY PINKNEY Philadelphia’s native son, the celebrity illustrator and writer of children’s books, Jerry Pinkney, has his day in a gallery devoted to his prolific genre. Mr. Pinkney had always had an interest in diversity and many of his children’s books celebrate the multicultural and African-American themes. This exhibition of drawings and watercolors presents an overview of the long career of the Mr. Pinkney touching on personal and cultural themes such as the African-American experience reflecting the transformative power of visual storytelling. Among his honors, he was awarded the 2010 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing the Lion and the Mousse, a version of Aesop’s families among a treasure trove of illustrations.
The Perelman Building, corner of Pennsylvania and Fairmount Avenues, offers new themes each week. A complimentary visitor shuttle bus equipped with a lift for easy stroller transport departs every fifteen minutes from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Stroller parking inside the Perelman building and Gallery Café offers kid-friendly selections. 215.763.8100.