September Listings from The Eric Carle Museum


Regular Museum Hours: Mon-Friday 10–4; Sat 10–5; Sun 12–5

Regular Museum Admission: $9 Adults, $6 Seniors 65+/Youth 1-18/Student/Teacher, $22.50 Family,

Free Members/Children under 1



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In The East Gallery

tomi ungerer book coverTomi Ungerer, Chronicler of the Absurd

June 18 – October 9, 2011

This exhibition celebrates Ungerer’s 80th birth year. A trilingual author, Ungerer has published over 140 books ranging from his much loved children’s books to his controversial adult work.

Ungerer’s career, like contemporaries Leo Lionni and Eric Carle, was multi-faceted, encompassing advertising and political commentary. Prior to leaving America, Ungerer arranged for the Free Library of Philadelphia to acquire a substantial portion of his work up until that point.

Selected from archives and private collections, the exhibition documents the bulk of Ungerer’s career as a writer and illustrator of children’s books. Included in the exhibition, among others, will be examples from Ungerer’s first book, The Mellops Go Flying (1957), as well as The Three Robbers (1962), Flat Stanley (1964), and Moon Man (1967).

Please note this gallery will be closed June 7 – 17, 2011.

Barbara McClintock, The Heartaches of a French Cat

Through November 27, 2011

In the spring of 2010, Barbara McClintock made a promised gift of the vast majority of materials relating to her award-winning book Heartaches of a French Cat (1989). To celebrate this generous gesture, the Carle is mounting a small exhibition in its central gallery which will be on view from May 17 to November 27, 2011. Inspired by stories of the 19th-century French authors, Honoré de Balzac and P. J. Stahl, McClintock tells the story entirely in pantomime of an upwardly mobile cat who is wooed and betrayed by a Count of no account. Her anthropomorphic drawings were informed by the highly popular 19th-century French caricaturist J. J. Granville. The book is a wonderful blend of black and white and color illustrations. In addition to the finished works, the exhibition will display a selection of dummies [lay-outs for the final book], character studies, preliminary sketches, and color trials. The exhibition reflects a true labor of love that was acknowledged as one of the top ten children’s books of the year in 1989 by The New York Times.

do you want to be my friend?In The West Gallery

The Art of Eric Carle: Family and Friends

Through September 4, 2011

To mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of Do You Want to Be My Friend? The Carle has mounted an exhibition featuring the theme of friendship. This book is dedicated to Eric’s boyhood friend from Syracuse, Carlton Mayer. Despite an almost 20-year hiatus, this friendship remained true, and they re-united when Eric returned to America in 1952. Because of the important theme of friendship, Eric has long acknowledged this book as his favorite. To celebrate this anniversary a group of works from this book and several others where friendship is an underlying theme are on view. In some cases these bonds are between people, as in The Tiny Seed(1987); in others, such as The Lamb and Butterfly(1988), animals befriend each other. In a recent book, Where Are You Going? To See My Friend(2002), friendship connects two cultures—Japan and America. And finally, it seemed appropriate to point out the folly of not wanting friendship, so wonderfully captured in The Grouchy Ladybug(1977).




In The Auditorium

From Towers and Tragedy to the Birth of a Book with Mordicai Gerstein

September 11, 2011

1:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission

(1 PDP) What is it about stories? Why are they so important to us? Why spend so much time and effort in the hearing and reading and telling and writing of them? Join Mordicai Gerstein as he tells the story behind The Man Who Walked between the Towers on this day of remembrance. Book signing to follow

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Presents

The Royal Order of Chords and Keys (R.O.C.K.)

September 17, 2011

1:00 pm

$6 at the door (cash only); Museum Admission extra

R.O.C.K. is a family music “kindie” band featuring Aric Bieganek on vocals and guitar, Hans Dalhaus on drums and David Picchi on bass. Together they form the hardest rocking band for families in the world. Period.

Sponsored by the Northampton Community Music Center, 93.9 The River, and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Music Center Scholarship Fund.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays

September 18

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Join us one Sunday of each month for an additional art activity in the back of the Art Studio. Always a surprise and sometimes messy, so bring a smock! Free with Museum Admission.

At The Museum

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day

September 24, 2011

Free Admission with special downloaded coupon

Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Media in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day coupon. The Museum Day coupon provides free admission for two. Visit for downloadable coupon and additional information.

In The Auditorium

From Person to Pencil to Published: A Conversation with Author/Illustrator Barbara McClintock and her editor, Frances Foster

September 24, 2011

1:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission or Smithsonian Coupon (

(1 PDP) There is no more important partnership in the creation of a book that that of the author/illustrator and editor. Hear Barbara McClintock and Frances Foster share thoughts on the journey from idea to published book and how a vision gets translated to the page. Book signing to follow

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