In celebration of the 75th anniversary of “Make Way for Ducklings,” art from the beloved book is at the center of an exhibition opening at the Museum of Fine Arts on Friday, November 25.
In addition, one of the exhibition highlights is the miniature bronze model for Nancy Schon’s “Make Way for Ducklings” sculpture, which was commissioned for the Boston Public Garden in 1985.
The MFA’s retrospective will track the career of award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, Robert McCloskey (1914-2003).
“Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey” will present more than 50 works, drawn primarily from the rich, but rarely exhibited holdings of The May Massee Collection at Emporia State University in Kansas.
The exhibition also includes studies for other books written and illustrated by McCloskey.
As well as celebrating McCloskey’s achievements as author-illustrator, the retrospective reveals his talents as a painter, showcasing a selection of independent work, including prints and watercolors.
The recipient of two Caldecott Medals and three Caldecott Honors, McCloskey was a major force in 20th-century picture book art, and this exhibition will provide an opportunity for visitors of all ages to enter the author’s delightful world.
“Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey” is organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts. The Museum of Fine Arts presentation is made possible by Northern Trust, with support from the Jean S. and Frederick A. Sharf Exhibition Fund and the Patricia B. Jacoby Exhibition Fund. The media sponsor is Boston magazine.
The exhibition runs from November 25, 2016 through June 18, 2017. The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. For more information, call 617-267-9300 or visit www.mfa.org.