Friday, July 9, 2010


Since March, The Jewish Museum has featured an exhibit to delight children and their parents alike. Unfortunately, if you haven't seen it already, the exhibit hasentered its final weeks and closes on August 1.

Featuring nearly 80 original drawings and preparatory dummies for Margret and H. A. Rey children’s books and documentation related to their escape from Nazi-occupied Europe, the exhibition examines the parallels between the obstacles the Reys faced and the drawings that may have saved their lives. The story of their life in Paris and narrow escape is also told through an interactive timeline.

Curious George, the beloved, irrepressible monkey of children’s book lore, is famous for his ability to “save the day.” Interpreting the role he played in safeguarding his own creators in times of danger as symbolic, this exhibition delves into the remarkable lives and works of Margret and H. A. Rey. The couple fled Paris in 1940 with a Curious George manuscript in their suitcase. During a tense inspection of their belongings by a border official, children’s illustrations were found, and they were allowed to continue on their way, eventually reaching the United States.

Appropriate for adults and children, the exhibition includes a reading room inspired by the beloved monkey’s escapades in Curious George Flies a Kite.

On Sunday, July 18, kids can meet Curious George:

Curious George Family Fun
1:00-4:00 PM            Ages 3 and up

A hands-on drop-in art workshop inspired by Curious George Saves the Day, as well as a special guest appearance and opportunity to meet Curious George himself!

Free with Museum admission

The Jewish Museum is located on 5th Avenue at 92nd Street in New York City. For more information, call 212.423.3200