The exhibition “The Art of Jerry Pinkney”

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originally published: 07/01/2022

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) – The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) will present the exhibition Tenacity & Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney from February 5, 2022 to June 26, 2022. Tenacity and Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney will feature over 80 illustrations and working drawings from nine children’s books spanning the period 1979-2020 by Pinkney, one of America’s most renowned children’s book illustrators.

Members of the museum will be invited to a preview of the exhibition from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. followed by a public opening at 2:00 p.m.

It seems fitting that this exhibit opens at the start of Black History Month. Pinkney’s illustrations express powerful messages from the history of the civil rights movement in America, honor black heritage, and inspire with stories of courage and aspiration. They also reflect Pinkney’s compassionate nature and her desire to be a strong role model for her family and other African Americans.

“It was a real pleasure working directly with Jerry Pinkney to select the illustrations on display and develop the themes for the exhibition,” said Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky. “Jerry came up with the title of the exhibit himself, focusing on what he called a ‘line of resilience across the world’. Jerry had the remarkable ability to bounce back from adversity and focused on joy and space that celebrates perseverance despite prejudice and injustice. How incredibly relevant his thoughts are to us today.

“I am a storyteller at heart. There is something special about knowing that your stories can change the way people see the world and their place in it, ”~ Jerry Pinkney.

Celebrating Pinkney’s love for books and their power to share history and teach important lessons, this exhibit will also feature a reading space where visitors young and old can sit and read copies. of all the books presented. There will also be beautiful bookmarks with Pinkney’s artwork and inspirational quotes to take home.

Ira Wagner, executive director of MAM, says it’s an exhibit that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. “Pinkney’s uplifting messages are a balm for the challenges we face and her images are celebrated as wonderful works of art in their own right.”

The Montclair Art Museum presents

Cover, 2001 Watercolor and graphite on watercolor paper, 15 1/8 x 21 5/8 in. Collection of the artist. Photograph by Paul Jacobs. (Extract from the book ‘Goin’ Someplace Special ‘)

Pinkney was one of America’s most admired children’s book illustrators. He won the Caldecott Medal and five Caldecott Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the Society of Illustrators’ Original Art Show Lifetime Achievement Award and many more awards and honors. Pinkney’s work has already been featured in a 1998 group exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum titled Shared Stories: Exploring Cultural Diversity. Pinkney also delivered the 29th Annual Julia Norton Babson Memorial in 2015 on the theme “The Eye of the Illustrator, Real and Imagined”.

Jerry Pinkney died on October 20, 2021, three months before the opening of this exhibition. The Museum hopes you will join us in celebrating his legacy and benefiting from his many talents as a master watercolourist, designer and storyteller.

A solid program of programming and related events will run throughout the exhibition.

The Montclair Art Museum presents

Cover, 2020 Watercolor, graphite, chalk and gouache on watercolor paper, 17 5/8 x 23 3/4 in. Collection of the artist (Extract from the book ‘The Little Mermaid’))

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The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is located at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair, New Jersey. The museum has a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely showcases artistic creation in the United States over the past 300 years. The works in the MAM Native American Art Collection span the period of approx. 1200 CE to the present day. The Vance Wall Art Education Center encompasses the museum’s educational efforts, including the Yard School of Art’s award-winning studio classes, lectures and discussions, family events, tours, and the MAM mobile art truck. MAM’s exhibitions and programs cater to a wide audience of all ages, from families and the elderly to artists, educators and academics.

All of the museum’s programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, Carol and Terry Wall / The Vance Wall Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and members of the Museum.

TOP IMAGE: Across the Crowd and from the Sea to the Sparkling Sea …, 2019. pp. 32-33. Watercolor, collage, graphite on watercolor paper. 14 1/4 x 21 13/16 in. Collection of the artist. Photograph by Paul Jacobs. (From the book “A Place to Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation”)

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