On April 13, the Rosenbach Museum & Library threw a very special party to celebrate the completion of conservation work on The Chertoff Mural painted by Maurice Sendak. I’ll simply say the author and illustrator’s only surviving mural is charming and whimsical; it’s journey to Philadelphia from a New York apartment, almost unbelievable; the conservation work, remarkable.
The party was attended by Nina and Larry Chertoff, who were just kids when Sendak painted the parade of animals and children marching along their bedroom wall circa 1961. Friends and family of the Chertoffs, the mural conservation team, friends of Maurice Sendak, many generous supporters to the project, and Rosenbach staff (who have worked tirelessly to share the mural with the public), all joined in the festivities. Sendak, now 82, was unable to attend, but was there in spirit, and the party went on in his honor!
Larry and Nina Chertoff (and in the tube, one of the life-size mural reproductions signed by Maurice Sendak). Photo by Susan Beard.
Last week, Amy Rosenberg interviewed Sendak from his home in Connecticut for a story in the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer. The subject of their discussion went far beyond the conservation project.Sendak spoke about why he chose the Rosenbach to be the home for his life’s work (where it can be seen, not simply archived), his memories of painting the mural, life and aging, his new book Bumble-Ardy, opera, being gay, his late partner Eugene Glynn, and much more. I could tell you more, but you should just take a quick break and read the article: Sendak, picturing mortality.
Last week, the Rosenbach Museum & Library made a big announcement - the museum is now home to a rare mural painted circa 1961 by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. In the months leading up to The Chertoff Mural’s arrival to the museum, Canary Promotion worked closely with RML staff members to tell this remarkable story. The wide-reaching media campaign has yielded several extensive features including an Associated Press article which moved on the wire yesterday, a segment on NPR’s leading news show All Things Considered, a front page story in The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sunday edition and a New York Times feature. Read more »