Enter the world of the groundbreaking children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats.
Journey through the evocative world of beloved children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) in this exhibition, featuring over eighty original works by the artist. Ranging from preliminary sketches and preparatory books to final paintings and collages, the works displayed in The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats explore a life and career that became an inspiration for generations of readers and authors.
Keats was born Jacob Ezra Katz to Jewish immigrant parents in Brooklyn. His landmark book The Snowy Day (1962) was the first modern, full-color picture book to feature an African American protagonist. Published during the height of the civil rights movement in America, the book transformed Keats’ career in children’s literature. By the end of his life he had illustrated more than eighty books, most of them for children, including Hi, Cat!, Goggles!, and Whistle for Willie. The exhibition also includes examples of Keats’ lesser-known work inspired by Asian art and haiku.
Included with Museum admission: $10 General; $7 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $5 Children 2–12; FREE to Skirball Members and Children under 2; FREE to all visitors on Thursdays
Tickets available at the door