'The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats' - The Jewish Museum
Hours: 11am-5:45pm Friday-Tuesday; 11am-8pm Thursdays. Open September 9, 2011 through January 29, 2012
Price: Museum admission: $12; $10 seniors; $7.50 students; free children under 12
1109 Fifth Ave. - 212-423-3222
Upper East Side, NY 10128
Description: The first major U.S. exhibition to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), this exhibition features more than 80 original works - from preliminary sketches and dummy books to final paintings and collages - for the artist's most popular books, including "The Snowy Day," which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. Published at the height of the American civil-rights movement and winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, "The Snowy Day" became a milestone, featuring the first African-American protagonist in a full-color picture book. Also on view are examples of Keats' most introspective but lesser-known output inspired by Asian art and haiku poetry, as well as documentary material and photographs.