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Monsters and Miracles Catalog
Skirball Cultural Center
The companion catalogue to the original exhibition Monsters and Miracles: A Journey through Jewish Picture Books. A collaboration with the Skirball Cultural Center and the Yiddish Book Center, this ambitious exhibition explores the evolution of Jewish picture books from illuminated manuscripts, alef-bets (books of Hebrew letters), and Passover Haggadot to stories that consider monsters (golems, dybbuks, and wild things), life in the shtetl, and the role of migration in Jewish life.
The exhibition comprises a "who's who" of picture-book artists, including original works of art sure to inspire wonder—paintings, drawings, computer-generated images, papercuts, and collage—and an eclectic collection of texts, from illuminated Haggadot to Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are to Lemony Snicket's The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story. Other featured authors and artists include Arnold Lobel, Daniel Pinkwater, Mark Podwal, Francine Prose, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Art Spiegelman, and William Steig, as well as luminaries Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky, and Ze’ev Raban.
Paperback, 80 pages.
Published by the Skirball Cultural Center, 2010.