An illustration can take us to places where no camera can go: Inside the human imagination. That destination includes the infinite human spirit, most especially the contents of the heart.
We can explore the imagination of a master of hand and heart through “Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney” at The Wright Museum. The exhibition features 140 original works by celebrated artist and children’s book illustrator.
This exhibition, celebrating an artistic journey that has continued for 50 years,offers memorable perspectives on life’s small but extraordinary moments and onsignificant historical events that are brought into focus through his art. The power of classic literature and themeaning of visual storytelling in our lives are made clear in the work of Jerry Pinkney, who became “the voice that others may not have had.”
This retrospective exhibition, which was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, also has an accompanying 96-page catalog tracing illustrator Jerry Pinkney’s 50-year career producing some of the most highly acclaimed children’s books of our time. The catalog is filled with wonderful color illustrations and essays written by Jerry Pinkney, Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Dr. Gerald L. Early, Steven Heller, Leonard S. Marcus, and Dr. Joyce K. Schiller.
“Witness” is on exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History through September 9, 2012. For hours and more information, please visit www.TheWright.org.