Tenacity & Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney Honoring the work of Jerry Pinkney (1939-2021), Tenacity & Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney features more than seventy illustrations, dummy books, and working drawings from seven children’s books from 1993 to 2020. The works encompass issues of social justice, resilience, and tenacity in the face of adversity. They convey powerful messages related to the history of the Civil Rights Movement in America as well as personal tales of courage and aspiration. The range of works reveals Pinkney’s multifaceted talents as an inspired master watercolorist, draftsman, and storyteller.
The books represented in this show include Minty (1996), a story of Harriet Tubman in her youth, and A Place to Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation (2019). Works from the following children’s books are also featured: I Want to Be (1993); Goin’ Someplace Special (2001); God Bless the Child (2004); Sweethearts of Rhythm (2009); and The Little Mermaid (2020).
Tenacity & Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney was organized by Gail Stavitsky, Chief Curator, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey. All MAM programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Vance Wall Foundation, Partners for Health Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum members.
Tenacity & Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney has been generously underwritten in part by the Pollack Family Foundation, Gail Bryan, La Ruth Hackney Gray, and additional supporters who cherish and respect Jerry Pinkney and his important legacy.
A Sense of Community: Celebrating Jerry Pinkney's Legacy In the KMA’s Spot Gallery and Learning Center, A Sense of Community: Celebrating Jerry Pinkney’s Legacy explores Pinkney’s role as a mentor to, and model for, artists and illustrators of color. It includes the work of nine contemporary illustrators—Charnelle Pinkney Barlow, Elbrite Brown, Bryan Collier, Gordon C. James, Oge Mora, Brian Pinkney, James E. Ransome, Shadra Strickland, and Eric Velasquez—who are, like Pinkney, dedicated to making children’s literature more inclusive and diverse. The exhibition will be co-curated by James E. Ransome, who was Pinkney’s close friend and mentee, and is himself a well-regarded artist and illustrator.
A Sense of Community: Celebrating Jerry Pinkney's Legacy is made possible with funds from ReStart the Arts, a regrant program of ArtsWestchester with support from the Office of the Governor, the New York State Legislature and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Jerry 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, and the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, among many other honors. In addition to being a friend to the Katonah Museum of Art, he was a long-time member of the Board of Trustees and IDEA committee and featured in exhibitions The Pinkneys: An Award-Winning Family of Artists and Writers (1999), Masters of Paper and Paint: The Art of Eric Carle and Jerry Pinkney (2002), Children Should be Seen: The Image of the Child in American Picture-Book Art (2007), Storied City: New York City in Picture Book Art (2011), Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators talk to Children about their Art (2013), and Illustrated Animals in Conversation (2019).
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The Katonah Museum of Art is a non-collecting institution geared towards visual arts, located in Katonah, New York. The Museum presents changing exhibitions that cross a spectrum of artistic disciplines, cultures, and historical periods. Housed in an elegant building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates three to four major exhibitions annually.
With each exhibition, artists, curators, and other specialists present art through programs, lectures, and workshops designed for visitors of all ages. The Pollack Family Learning Center uses a visual and interactive environment that encourages children and their parents to participate in hands-on projects. The Katonah Museum also offers outdoor concerts, evening cocktail parties, international travels, and trips to other museums and private collections. An outdoor Sculpture Garden, shaded by towering pines, displays contemporary works.
From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the Museum. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience; and presents innovative and substantive programs for nearly 100 member schools and community organizations. The Museum's outreach programs for the local Latino immigrant population are at the forefront of community-based education programs.
Its exhibitions, events, and educational programs invite everyone to experience and reflect on the impact and transformative power of the visual arts.
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