Sunday, April 21, 2013

Maurice Sendak at Bowers Museum

I'm road tripping today to the OC to see Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons at the Bowers Museum before it closes next Sunday. Most of the pieces are connected to Sendak's iconic "Where the Wild Things Are," with lots of illustrations of Max and the Wild Things. It was great fun to see his various styles, from simple line drawings to more complex watercolors and pen and inks, many of them noted as gifts "to a fan." Pep in the step to see it before it's gone.

While there, I also checked out Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasure of Ethiopia, which closes next Sunday as well. If you've taken an anthropology class since about 1975, you've learned about Lucy. She is a 3.2 MILLION year old humanoid, and is the oldest and most complete adult fossil of human ancestry yet to be found in Africa. The Lucy galleries were packed to the gills. Visitors lined up to read each segment of the human evolution timeline, patiently stood by to view her skeleton, and watch the movie about her discovery. I'm always pleased to see coming out to see some science, and the Lucy gallery was a wonderful bonus.

Click here to go to the Bowers' Web site.

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