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Tue. 5pm: Butler celebrates 95th year with Mellencamp, Sendak art

April 9, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

The Butler Institute of American Art will celebrate its 95th anniversary by displaying the original artwork from Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" and the paintings of rocker John Mellencamp.

Those and other exhibitions were announced today in the museum's spring newsletter.

Butler Director Louis Zona said the shows came together through a combination of luck and planning.

"We were talking about what might be a nice program for the community and then this thing fell into our lap," he said. "A former colleague of mine who has organized the Maurice Sendak exhibition asked would we like to be a part of this. Of course."

The exhibition includes the original art work from Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," one of the most-beloved and best-selling children's books since its release in 1963. The touring exhibit will open May 18, 2014, and run through July 6.

Zona has been aware of Mellencamp's artwork for some time, but it was a representative for the musician who contacted the museum about an possible exhibition.

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