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The Eric Carle Museum, Exhibits
November 25 - December 17
November 18, 2023 – April 14, 2024
Seymour Chwast’s revolutionary contributions to the world of graphic design have overshadowed his equally impactful picture book career—until now. This is the first museum exhibition to focus on Chwast’s books for children. The creator of 40 titles (with more on the way), Chwast approaches his books with the same inventive design, signature humor, and love of typography found in his commercial art. His illustrations are characterized by bold colors and a flat graphic style. He creates unexpected scenes and populates his stories with witty human, animal, and imaginary characters. Many of Chwast’s books play with format, encouraging readers to reimagine the traditional reading experience.
September 2, 2023 – March 3, 2024
Connect with nature inside and outside the gallery.
Throughout his 50-year career, Eric Carle found deep inspiration in the natural world. His art recognizes our connection to the environment, honoring everything from the tiniest seed to unique animal species and diversity in the world’s oceans. This exhibition also explores Carle’s conservation efforts, highlighting his friendship with Dr. Jane Goodall and showing, for the first time, the complete array of wildlife posters Carle created in the 1970’s.
August 9 – December 17, 2023
What does home look like to you?
Picture books open our eyes to all types of homes. The stories in this exhibition show us that home truly is where the heart is. The books featured in the show connect us to the homes we came from, the homes we have today, and the homes we hope to create in the future.
June 17 – December 31, 2023
Saddle up for a picture-perfect horse show.
It is no surprise that horses have starred in children’s books for generations. Horses make ideal leading characters—they carry us on adventures, race to our rescue, bear our burdens, and bring us joy. Whether in fairytales or historical narratives, stories of horses touch our emotions time and again.
This exhibition showcases both classic and contemporary picture books exploring the ways horses have captivated human hearts and artistic imaginations. It features tales of triumph and heartbreak, fantasy and friendship. Most significantly, it examines how horses—in life and in the pages of a book—expand our humanity.