"Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet"

(Jun. 14-Oct. 6) — A summer exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum celebrates an extraordinary bequest from acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books Maurice Sendak (1928–2012). Best known for his 1963 picture book "Where the Wild Things Are," Sendak was an avid music and opera lover. Beginning in the late 1970s, he embarked on a second career as a designer for opera and ballet. 

"Drawing the Curtain" brings together nearly 150 drawings from more than 900 by Sendak in the Morgan’s collection, including preliminary sketches, storyboards, finished watercolors and painted dioramas. Also included are earlier works by Sendak on loan from The Maurice Sendak Foundation, and a number of props and costumes.This is the first museum exhibition dedicated to Sendak’s set and costume designs, offering new insights into the artist’s inspirations and creative process.

The Morgan is open
Tuesday through Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Discounted admission of $13 for disabled visitors; admission is free for accompanying caregivers.


Saturday, October 5, 2019 (All day)


The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016


(212) 685-0008


$22 Adults; $14 Seniors (65 and over); $13 Students (with current ID); Free to members and children 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult). Admission is free on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m..

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