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A Visual Feast
Artistry from the Original Movie Poster Collection
Hutchins Gallery, August 7 - August 31, 2012

OF BOYS AND GIRLS AND THE DOGS AND HORSES THEY LOVE, of rollicking adventures of bygone times with kings, knights and pirates, of fantastic and magic worlds of genies, witches and assorted monsters, of these and much more are the ingredients that make movies and the posters that promote them. Some of these films were inspired by beloved children's classics and their memorable characters such as Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, Robert Louis Stevenson's Long John Silver and Black Arrow, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, Anthony Hope's Prisoner of Zenda, and H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines. Herein we can travel from the icy Northern tundra of Nikki, Wild Dog of the North and Back to God's Country to the steamy African jungles of the Tarzan pictures and King Solomon's Mines, from the medieval England of The Court Jester and The Bandit of Sherwood Forest to the picturesque fantasies of the Arabian Nights in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Aladdin and His Lamp, from the breath-taking heights of the circus' high-wire to the creepy dangers that lurk in the earth's interior. And then there are the children such as those full of pluck as the Mexican boy trying to rescue his pet bull from the bull ring and the girl attempting to get back her dog from the Army in WWII; the boys coming-of-age in the Happy Years; and the charming innocence of the girls will melt the hearts of misanthropes in Pollyana and Three Wise Fools. So, welcome to these motion picture worlds that appeal to children of all ages. (List of posters on display)

Conrad H. Schoeffling
Head, Special Collections
B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, LIU Post

A Visual Feast
Illustrated works from the American Juvenile Collection
Hutchins Gallery, August 7 - August 31, 2012

A PICTURE BOOK EVOLVES THROUGH THE ORCHESTRATED EFFORT of the author, illustrator, publisher and printer. The production of a great children's picture book relies on unity, on the many different production elements between author and illustrator coming together, culminating in illustrations that are true to the spirit of the entire book and accepted by the child. When the author also acts as illustrator, the chance for unity between text and illustration is sometimes great, as seen in Antonio Frasconi's The House that Jack Built..., Paul Brown's Your Pony's Trek Around the World or John Steptoe's Stevie.

There are many different elements for the illustrator to consider. How much space is needed, what height and dimension will be used for the streets, the houses and trees and animals - or the expanse of the ocean? What colors are most suitable for the particular story? How much money does the publisher have to spend on color? What are the best colors to suggest the feelings in the story and provide contrast for what size text? What artistic medium should the illustrator use: pen and ink; water color; wash and line; crayon; splatter; woodcuts/linoleum cut; pastel; line drawing; oil or acrylic paint; photographs; special paper - the ideas are endless. Will the final art work complement the storyline? Many illustrators amend their work repeatedly throughout production, until the book comes together as a completed unit.

Illustrative condescension for a young child is a mistake. Children embrace art freely. Their own drawings reflect the abstract, realistic or conceptual. A young child will comprehend a message if it is clear, whether simple or complex.

Children are delighted by bright, bold color as much as they equally enjoy the delightful qualities in Wanda Gag's black-and-white drawings seen, for example in Millions of Cats, or the two-colors used in James Daugherty's Andy and the Lion or the Claire Huchet Bishop's The Five Chinese Brothers. Roger Duvoisin (Three Sneezes and Other Swiss Tales) and Dorothy Lathrop's Dog in the Tapestry Garden are illustrators who are well-known for the striking illustrations they produce using only two or three colors. Drawings and text are re-configured multiple times during the book production process.

Do the illustrations blend with the text so that the story unfolds dramatically and with interest? Has the illustrator brought the characters to life and is the humor genuine or careless?

It's not simple to determine what makes the perfect picture book, because each person brings his own experience to what he sees. Some illustrations leave a lasting impact on us, others we forget right away because they offer a narrower experience. It requires the genius of the illustrator and author working together to spark the reader's imagination.

There is an marked rhythm offered in the children's book that often culminates in balancing all the ingredients that go into the making of the book. The American Juvenile Collection staff are delighted to offer you this moment to delight and enrich yourself as a child, to enter into the world of these 67 award winning illustrators and authors on exhibit in "A Visual Feast". Enjoy!

Jarron L. Jewell, Curator
American Juvenile Collection, Special Collections
B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, LIU Post

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