Maurice Sendak's Second Career
Exhibition Program

Maurice Sendak's Second Career



October 2022

2:00 pm

3:00 pm

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
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Exhibition curator Dr. Rachel Federman explores children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak’s successful second career beginning in the late 1970s as a designer of sets and costumes for the stage. An avid music lover, Sendak designed for productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and his own classic Where the Wild Things Are.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet, organized by the Morgan Library & Museum.


About the lecturer:

Dr. Rachel Federman is Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum. In addition to Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet, she has curated exhibitions of experimental drawings from the Morgan collection, drawings by Black artists from the American South, the beat artist Rick Barton, and the drawings of Bridget Riley, which can currently be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Rachel has published essays on Bruce Conner, Richard Diebenkorn, and Betye Saar, among others. She holds a PhD in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.  


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