Friday, December 7, 2012

Ezra Jack Keats

One of the favorite books of all memebers of the Watson Payne household is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. So it was with much delight that Bill, Mabel and I went to the Contemporary Jewish Museum the other day to see the first ever major show of Keat's work. The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats runs through the end of February and would absolutely recommend it to any San Franciscans with small children. The experience of seeing scenes from a favorite book (plus stunning images from many other books we weren't familiar with--needless to say we patronized the museum bookstore rather heavily on the way out) as they were originally rendered by the hand of the artist and hanging on a museum wall as real live official legitimized art turns out to be a magical one for both children and adults. So, heck, even if you don't have little kids, if you're in town I'd say it's well worth checking out just for sheer sixties mod illustrative awesomeness (not to mention some interesting and subtle discussion of race in there too).

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