From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick

October 18, 2014 - January 11, 2015

From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick presents over 100 paintings and drawings by this award-winning children’s author and illustrator. Selznick’s world includes images of characters as diverse as magician Harry Houdini, poet Walt Whitman, singer Marian Anderson, and the fictional Hugo Cabret—an orphan who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, portrayed inThe Invention of Hugo Cabret, written and illustrated by Selznick.  The exhibition encompasses works from Hugo and 18 of  Selznick’s other books, among them The Houdini Box, Walt Whitman: Words for America, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and Frindle. The illustrations are accompanied by the books, allowing visitors to put each image into the context of the story. Selznick received a 2002 Caldecott Honor for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and was awarded the 2008 Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was made into the Oscar award-winning film Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese.

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This exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick is made possible by DuPont and the Emily du Pont Memorial Exhibition Fund.

Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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