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The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats - Skirball

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats - Skirball

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Start Date: 05/21/2014 - End Date: 05/21/2014
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. - Los Angeles

Children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats in this exhibition, featuring more than eighty original works by the artist

Web Address: http://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/the-snowy-day  | 

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats - Skirball

"Crunch, crunch, crunch, his feet sank into the snow.”

Enter the evocative world of the groundbreaking children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats in this exhibition, featuring more than eighty original works by the artist. Ranging from preliminary sketches and “dummies,” or preparatory books, to final paintings and collages, the works displayed in The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats explore a life and career that became an inspiration for generations of readers.

Keats’s landmark book The Snowy Day (1962) was the first modern, full-color book to feature an African American protagonist. Published during the height of the civil rights movement in America, the book transformed his career in children’s literature.

He went on to write and illustrate six more stories that featured an African American central character—leading many to assume that Keats himself was African American. In truth, he was born Jacob (Jack) Ezra Katz to Jewish immigrant parents in Brooklyn. Keats lived in tenement housing as his impoverished family struggled to eke out a living during the Great Depression. From his beginnings as an artist, Keats identified with the downtrodden.

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats exhibition features works on loan from the de Grummond Children’s Literary Collection of the University of Southern Mississippi, including examples of Keats’s most introspective but less-known output inspired by Asian art and poetry. The exhibition is an expression of the Skirball’s commitment to presenting the work of socially engaged artists and to exploring the cultural contributions of notable American Jews.

Hours

  • Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Closed Mondays
  • Closed Friday, July 4 (Independence Day)

Admission

  • Admission to Museum Galleries:
    • $10 General; $7 Seniors 65+ and Full-Time Students; $5 Children 2-12
    • FREE to Children under 2 and Skirball Members
    • All exhibitions are FREE to the public on Thursdays.

 

  • Note: Discounts/free passes may not be applied toward festival or Museum admission on Sunday, November 24.
  • Admission to visit the Skirball Cultural Center campus, to view Ruby Gallery exhibitions, and to shop and dine is FREE.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Age Ranges: Baby (0-12 Months), Toddler (1-3), Preschooler (3-4), Pre-K to K (4-6)

Ammenities for parent: Seating Area, Snacks & Drinks, Bathroom or Changing Area, Open on Weekends, Offers Discounts & Specials

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