The works of Maurice Sendak remain eternally popular with children (and grown-ups, too) because of Sendak's honesty. His children are inquisitive, bright, impulsive and capable of making mistakes and doing bad things; they're also contrite when caught doing those things, and innocent of any true malice, just like real-world children. And just like in the real world, his created worlds often have a lurking menace, a sense that something bad might be out there, somewhere in the dark. In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak, an extensive exhibit of Sendak's art and text, explores the cynosure between his fictional worlds and his own childhood, and how each shaped the other. In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak opens with a free reception at 7 p.m. Friday, October 28, at St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-994-3300 or www.slcl.org). The exhibition remains on display through Wednesday, December 14, and admission is free.
Oct. 28-Dec. 14, 2011