WLA/WHS Scholarly Series: Connecticut Creativity: Vision + Imagination + Inspiration - Lynn Caponera and Dr. Jonathan Weinberg

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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The World of Maurice Sendak: a Virtual Tour of the Maurice Sendak House and Studio – Lynn Caponera and Dr. Jonathan Weinberg

In the 14th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme of “Creativity in Connecticut”. In this presentation, Lynn Caponera and Dr. Jonathan Weinberg will discuss the world of the famous illustrator, author, and Ridgefield resident, Maurice Sendak.

The program is sponsored by Allison and Rob Sanders. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. Online registration is required in order to receive the Zoom invitation link.

This program is being hosted by the Wilton Historical Society. No charge but a $10 donation to the hosting institution is suggested. Click here to donate.

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”- Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are.  Many individuals have fond memories of the numerous works and illustrations of Maurice Sendak, but few know of his enduring artistic legacy and creative process. Lynn Caponera and Dr. Jonathan Weinberg will invite and guide us into the Sendak world, discuss the Sendak creative process, and his Ridgefield, CT home and studio where he lived and worked for forty years.  Sendak’s love of books, his art collection, his passion for 19th century romanticism, and the popular culture of the 1930s, inspired his massive collection of work – children’s illustrations, books, costume and stage design -- that has produced countless hours of joy to his audience. The recipient of the Caldecott Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the National Medal of Arts, Maurice Sendak remains the most honored and beloved children’s book author in history.

Lynn Caponera, Executive Director and President of the Board of The Maurice Sendak Foundation had a 40-year history with the celebrated artist Maurice Sendak. She began, in her teens, working for Sendak taking care of his household and over the years became his primary assistant and administrator until his death in 2012. Since then, Caponera has overseen all aspects of the Foundation including its philanthropic mission and its supervision of the work and legacy of Maurice Sendak.

Jonathan Weinberg, Ph.D., Curator of The Maurice Sendak Foundation, is an artist and art historian. He was a close friend of Maurice Sendak. His most recent book is Pier Groups, Art and Sex along the New York Waterfront, and he was the lead curator for the 2019-20 touring exhibition, Art After Stonewall, 1969-89 organized by the Columbus Museum of Art.

The remaining lectures are as follows:

March 25 – The Greatest Showman – Fiction vs Fact! The REAL Story Behind the REEL Story! – Kathleen Maher

April 8 – Gillette and Holmes: Theatrical Innovation from Connecticut to London and Back Again – Emily Gifford


Event Type(s): Online Event
Age Group(s): Adults

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