The Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University is not a typical venue for one of the greats of modern children’s book illustrators, but for now until December 10th, you can gaze upon the remarkable work of Benny Andrews. Andrews illustrated some of Langston Hughes’ books of poetry for children, some of which are featured in this small show.
The drawing from the cover of the book above takes up an entire wall and it is breathtaking. But the works that moved me the most were the initial sketches. How was it possible to capture so much movement and emotion in such a sparse way?
So much joy and movement in this piece. And in this one:
You can almost hear the jazz of the Harlem Renaissance floating through the air.
Best of all, once you finish checking out these rich paintings and renderings, you can explore the wonder of our Egyptian and Nubian galleries, as well as our Greek/Roman, Ancient Near East, Africa, Asia, and pre-Columbian collections.
Oh, and if you want me to give you a tour, call the Museum’s Education department (404-727-3187) and set one up. I love nothing more than sharing the beauty and wonder of ancient art. Just remember to ask for me!