The Art of Maurice Sendak”

The Art of Maurice Sendak”


In preparation for our upcoming exhibition, Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak, we asked Columbus Museum of Art staff members to share what they are most excited about.


“I’m most excited to see visitors reconnect with beloved childhood art and characters.”
— Olivia T., Visitor Experience Supervisor


“I distinctly remember picking out ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ one day at my school library in the 3rd grade and curling up to read it. It’s exciting to have an exhibition that so many people can relate to.”
— Kacey Murphy, Visitor Experience Lead Associate


“My favorite book growing up was ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ My Mom would read it to me every night. I haven’t seen much of Maurice Sendak’s work besides ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ so I’m excited to discover more of his work.”
— Kai Bell, Server/Barista


“I recently found my original copy of ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ It definitely brought back the excitement. I’m excited for visitors to see the custom products we’ve created at the Museum Store for the exhibition.”
— Emma Hagler, Assistant Manager of Museum Store


“I’m mostly excited to see kids brighten up in the Museum seeing his work. It’s going to be a unique show as it will excite little brains and adults as well.”
— Rachael Farber, Membership and Office Coordinator


“I’m looking forward to seeing the range of Maurice Sendak’s work bring back childhood wonder and nostalgia. I feel like I’ll remember some of the books and stories I’ve forgotten.”
— Amber Wacker, Design and Digital Communications Manager


Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak opens to the public on Friday, October 21 and is on view until March 5, 2023.

Want a sneak peek? Columbus Museum of Art members are invited to attend a member-exclusive preview on Thursday, October 20 that includes exhibition talks at 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM in the Auditorium.

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Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak will be the first major retrospective of Sendak since his death in 2012, and the largest and most complete exhibition of one of the most celebrated and original artists of our time. The exhibition is organized by the Columbus Museum of Art in conjunction with The Maurice Sendak Foundation.

The exhibition is comprised of more than 150 sketches, storyboards, and paintings by Sendak drawn from the collection of The Maurice Sendak Foundation. Highlights include original work for Sendak’s most famous books: Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Outside Over There. Sendak was influenced by writers ranging from William Shakespeare to Herman Melville.

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