Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay

Exhibit opens March 7 The whimsical and enchanting original drawings, paintings, and sketches of best-selling author and illustrator David Macaulay are the subject of the Currier Museum's major spring exhibition, which opens March 7. Macaulay's gift for conveying complex concepts in a fun and understandable way has delighted children and adults for decades. He has a special genius for explaining the wonder of the way things work-from gadgets to gargantuan buildings-and for bringing readers on extraordinary journeys of the imagination. "Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay" is the first in-depth museum exhibition to explore the work and process of this popular artist. About the artist: As a young boy in Lancashire, England, David Macaulay was fascinated by the way objects are made and how they operate. Out of cigar boxes, he constructed elevators. Using yarn, he made intricate systems of moving cable cars. In 1988, using his remarkable talents for translating concepts and information to the printed page, he was asked to illustrate The Way Things Work: From Levers to Lasers. Macaulay has since expanded the book to include digital technology. The artist's books have sold two million copies in America and have been published in a dozen languages, and Cathedral, Castle, and Pyramid have been made into popular PBS television programs. Macaulay is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards and a MacArthur Fellowship. The Currier is located at 150 Ash Street, Manchester, and is wheelchair accessible. Museum hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 11-5; Saturday, 10-5. Closed Tuesday. Open 11-8 the first Thursday of each month. Museum admission: adults $10; seniors $9; students $8; children under 18 free. Free to all on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To get more information, visit or call 603.669.6144, x 108.
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