Norman Rockwell Museum Exhibition to Showcase Donated Illustration Art Collection
William Steig: Love and Laughter
Once named the “King of Cartoons” by Newsweek magazine, William Steig (1907-2003) is renowned for his uproarious comic art, and such best-selling illustrated books as the
Caldecott-winning Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, and Shrek! (the inspiration for the blockbuster DreamWorks animated films). A new exhibition explores the breadth of this true American master’s inspired career, from his earliest New Yorker cartoons to his buoyant magazine covers and brilliantly funny reflections on love and life. Accompanying the artist’s work will be a collection of three-dimensional sculptures and assemblages created by Jeanne Steig, a gifted artist and author, and William Steig’s wife of 35 years. The installation reveals the joys of their creative co-habitation and the emergence of themes in both artists’ work which speak to their shared vision. William Steig: Love and Laughter is on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from June 12 through October 31, 2010.
Norman Rockwell Museum is also honored to announce the donation of an impressive collection of more than 800 original artworks by William Steig to the Museum’s permanent collection of illustration art. This generous gift of works spanning the artist’s seven-decade career is made possible by Jeanne Steig, who wishes to share her husband’s art though ongoing public access and preservation. “We are honored to become the custodians of this important collection of works by a true visionary in the field of illustration,” notes Museum Director and CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt. “For over seventy years, William Steig made America laugh while offering thoughtful commentary on life’s joys and challenges. Our sincere thanks to Jeanne Steig for sharing her husband’s great gift with us, which will become a cherished part of our permanent illustration collection.” “The Board of Trustees is honored that Jeanne Steig has chosen Norman Rockwell Museum as a home for an important selection of William Steig’s art,” announced Thomas L. Pulling, Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. “Steig was a master observer of daily life and human interrelations, and his art complements those same qualities in our Rockwell collections.” “William Steig made me laugh, too,” notes Jeanne Steig from her home in Boston, Massachusetts. “His drawings- which he sometimes referred to as doodles- offered an endless, tender commentary on life in the city. They will make a perfect pairing with the work of Norman Rockwell- equally tender and observant- of life in a small town. I’m
delighted to be able to combine these two wonderful bodies of work under one museum roof.”
In 1968, Steig was approached by fellow New Yorker artist Bob Kraus to
contribute a illustrated book to his new publishing line. The wordplay-based CDB! heralded the start of a successful career as a children’s book author and illustrator, and included such thoughtful, adventurous tales as Roland the Minstrel Pig (1968); the Caldecott Award-winning Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1969); Dominic (1972); Abel’s Island (1976); The Amazing Bone (1976); the Newbery Award-winning Doctor De Soto (1982); and Shrek! (1990), which has been adapted into a highly successful animated movie series, and a Broadway play. Steig passed away on October 3, 2003, leaving behind his wife and fellow artist Jeanne; son Jeremy (a jazz flutist) and daughters Lucinda and Margit, from previous marriages, and stepchildren William James and Teryl Euvremer. His original artworks are featured in the permanent collections of many noted museums including Norman Rockwell Museum, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Chicago Art Institute, among others.
SuperSteig Day! Festivities for Families
Saturday, July 24, 1 to 4 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of family fun with Jeanne Steig, whose inspired creations assembled from found objects are sure to delight. Mrs. Steig, whose dimensional creations are on view, will help you turn trash into treasures during a lively art workshop for all ages. Storytelling with Ann Underland, music, interactive gallery adventures and more will celebrate William Steig: Love and Laughter and the art of the beloved illustrator. Kids free to age 18, adults free with Museum admission.
Join New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff for an uproarious look at
the art of humor. One of the nation’s leading comic commentators, Mr. Mankoff originated The Cartoon Bank and the Cartoon Caption Contest, and is the creator of the magazine’s best-loved comic images. A regular guest on The Daily Show, he is also the author of The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way
to Enhance Your Creativity, The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker, and many other cartoon collections. A book-signing and reception with the artist will follow the program. Free with Museum admission.
Laugh Out Loud! Festivities for Families
Rotten Island! A Halloween BashPIXEL
My hero / William Steig by Jon Klassen
RIMBAUDA la Une du New Yorker / William Steig
DE OTROS MUNDOSWilliam Steig / The New Yorker
William Steig / El rey de las caricaturas
William Steig, creador de 'Shrek', dibujante de borrachos y sátiros
Cantos al Riesgo y al Misterio / La obra para niños de William Steig