Friday, December 9, 2011

A Museum Exhibition: The Art of American Illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916 - 1983)

Manhattan's Jewish Museum is currently running an exhibition featuring the ground-breaking work of Ezra Jack Keats, children's book illustrator and painter. The exhibition is open until January 29th, 2012.

Keats, who'd changed his name from Katz, in the not too Jewish friendly atmosphere of mid-century America, was a brilliant exponent of collage and paint. He was the author/illustrator of the revolutionary Caldecott Medal winner: A SNOWY DAY and many other wonderful child and adult friendly books.

My 10 year old daughter (at the time) and I were very fortunate enough to meet Mr. Keats (such a nice man) at a Book Expo event many years ago. He signed a poster for us and I still have it. Framed, of course.

To learn about Ezra Jack Keats' life and work, please use this link.

To find out about The Jewish Museum Exhibition of Keats' work, please link here.


  1. Oh, that would be such a fun exhibit to attend! Talk about revisiting childhood!

  2. Lauren: If I could get into the city without muss or fuss, I would definitely go to this exhibit. :)

  3. I used to work in an elementary school library and Keats's work is still very popular with the younger set.

  4. Very popular with this oldster too, Deb. :)


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