Maurice Sendak: 50 Years ● 50 Works ● 50 Reasons - is a comprehensive memorial exhibition of 50 select works by the late artist supplemented with accompanying comments by celebrities, authors and noted personalities – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publishing of the universally revered "Where the Wild Things Are".
The exhibition includes works in a variety of media and offers a survey of the highlights of Sendak's career and the diverse art forms in which he was renowned. From children's literature to Broadway and the opera, from animated film to young adult textbooks – Sendak remained an iconic American illustrator and author, acclaimed around the world for his genius and insights.
Among the contributing commentators to the exhibition are playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner, comedian Stephan Colbert, artist Robert Crumb, Director Spike Jonze, President Barack Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor Tom Hanks. Special note is given to Sendak's teachers and commentary is also provided by his students from his teaching years in New York.