Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

Tree Logic by Natalie Jeremijenko, Installed in the Clocktower Courtyard, © Nicholas Whitman

North Adams, MA



From Paper to Print - Art of Eric Carle


"From Paper to Print," an exhibition on view October, 2000 in Kidspace at MASS MoCA, features 43 original illustrations, hand-painted papers, and storyboards by renowned children's book author and illustrator Eric Carle. Carle has created beautiful picture books enjoyed by readers of all ages for over 30 years. This exhibition provides a glimpse into Carle's artistic process and invites visitors to paint, make collages, and create original illustrations and stories.

Kidspace at MASS MoCA is both a child-centered art gallery where contemporary artists' work is shown and a studio where children can create innovative artwork of their own. This year Kidspace is working with every student and teacher from Brayton, Greylock, and Sullivan Schools in North Adams. Kidspace Coordinator Molly Polk describes the new exhibition as a show of beautiful pictures in Eric Carte's signature collage style. "in looking at these images, students will learn about Carle's process of making collages and picture books and they will also have the opportunity to experiment with this process themselves both in Kidspace and in their classrooms," said Polk.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle and his parents moved to Germany when he was just six years old. After graduating from Germany's prestigious Akademie der bildenden Künste art school he followed his dream of returning to the land of his happiest childhood memories. He arrived in New York in 1952 and soon found a job as a graphic designer for The New York Times. When the striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement caught the eye of respected educator and author Bill Martin Jr., Martin asked Carle to illustrate a book he had written. The result - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - is still a favorite with children and adults everywhere. Today, Carle's best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has sold over sixteen million copies and has been translated into over 30 languages.

Kidspace at MASS MoCA is made possible by the generous support of the Clark (Sterling and Francine) Art Institute, the Williams College Museum of Art, and MASS MoCA. Additional funding has been provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the Massachusetts Cultural Council (a state agency), Wal-Mart, the Cherkis family, and the Brownrigg Charitable Trust in memory of Lynn Laitman.

MASS MoCA, the country's largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts, is housed on a vast 13-acre campus of restored factory buildings at 87 Marshall St. in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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