On April 13, the Rosenbach Museum & Library threw a very special party to celebrate the completion of conservation work on The Chertoff Mural painted by Maurice Sendak. I’ll simply say the author and illustrator’s only surviving mural is charming and whimsical; it’s journey to Philadelphia from a New York apartment, almost unbelievable; the conservation work, remarkable.
The party was attended by Nina and Larry Chertoff, who were just kids when Sendak painted the parade of animals and children marching along their bedroom wall circa 1961. Friends and family of the Chertoffs, the mural conservation team, friends of Maurice Sendak, many generous supporters to the project, and Rosenbach staff (who have worked tirelessly to share the mural with the public), all joined in the festivities. Sendak, now 82, was unable to attend, but was there in spirit, and the party went on in his honor!
Larry and Nina Chertoff (and in the tube, one of the life-size mural reproductions signed by Maurice Sendak). Photo by Susan Beard.
Last week, Amy Rosenberg interviewed Sendak from his home in Connecticut for a story in the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer. The subject of their discussion went far beyond the conservation project.Sendak spoke about why he chose the Rosenbach to be the home for his life’s work (where it can be seen, not simply archived), his memories of painting the mural, life and aging, his new book Bumble-Ardy, opera, being gay, his late partner Eugene Glynn, and much more. I could tell you more, but you should just take a quick break and read the article: Sendak, picturing mortality.
The Rosenbach Museum & Library announced today news of an important acquisition of two rarely seen portraits depicting Rebecca Gratz and her brother, Joseph Gratz, belonging to the beloved Gratz family. Canary is very excited to be working with the museum – a long-time media relations client – to share the news of these culturally significant portraits. The Gratzes were a prominent early American Jewish family who lived in and made many lasting contributions to both the Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania regions throughout the 19th century.
We encourage you to visit the Rosenbach Museum & Library in the coming weeks to experience these visually stunning portaits, an important addition to Philadelphia’s art world, and explore the history and legacy of Rebecca Gratz and her family to our city. To learn more, check out today’s Philadelphia Inquirer which includes a great spread detailing this remarkable story by culture writer Stephan Salisbury, Rosenbach acquires portraits of Gratzes, or view our press release online.
Philanthropist, social activist, and Jewish leader Rebecca Gratz (1781– 1869) painted in 1831 by Thomas Sully. As the founder and secretary of Philadelphia’s earliest women’s philanthropic organizations, Rebecca helped define a new identity for American women.Read more »
June 10: The sun was shining today as notable Philadelphians, program “voices” and participants, and excited onlookers were on-hand to celebrate the launch of Farimount Park Art Association’s new multi-platform, interactive audio experience Museum Without Walls™: AUDIOin LOVE Park. We were there, and we took some photos of the event. Click “Read More” below to check them out!
This Thursday beginning at 11 a.m., we’ll be on the scene at LOVE Park as Fairmount Park Art Association celebrates the launch of the new multi-platform, interactive audio experience Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO. The official launch event, which is free and open to the public, will include a sign dedication at Philadelphia’s iconic LOVE sculpture, iPod giveaways, and an opportunity to meet the voices behind many of the program’s three-minute audio segments—which explore the untold histories behind 51 outdoor sculptures at 35 stops along Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive.
A number of the voices included in the program’s audio segments, as well as other Philadelphia notables, will be attending the event including Penny Balkin Bach, Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Art Association; Gary Steuer, Chief Cultural Officer for the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts; Mark Focht, Executive Director of Fairmount Park for the City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation; James “Jimmy” Binns, a Philadelphia lawyer and a former Pennsylvania Boxing Commissioner who is a member of the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame and can be heard on the audio program for A. Thomas Schomberg’s Rocky sculpture; Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Charles Fuller, whocan be heard on the audio program for the sculpture, All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors byJ. Otto Schweizer; and more.