Join us this weekend as we celebrate The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems! Visit with Elephant and Piggie, make your own wire sculpture, get a Pigeon of Liberty tattoo, and read your favorite Mo stories all weekend long. The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems is on view from March 18 – September 25, 2016.
We are very excited for this weekend’s opening of The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems! In addition to an amazing exhibition (filled with Mo’s art work, reading areas, and an incredible Knuffle Bunny laundromat “Moseum” Store) we worked with the incomparable Mo Willems to record an audio tour for families. Visitors pick up the guide in the exhibition and listen to Mo’s great stories about his characters, his artistic process, and his inspirations.
When you enter the galleries, you’ll spot the bus driver from Mo’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Pick up your audio guide player there, and then keep an eye out for Bus Stops throughout the galleries.
Here are some examples of what you’ll hear on the audio guide (in addition to some terrific music from Mo’s animated versions of his stories).
Mo talks about his favorite singer, in this stop about his characters Elephant and Piggie.
“I’m often asked why Elephant Gerald has a name and Piggie does not. Gerald needs a name because he needs all kinds of things. He’s nervous and he needs protection. Elephant Gerald is named after my favorite singer. You have to say Elephant Gerald fast. And Piggie is named Piggie because she looked just like a little piggie when she was born. Piggie is kind of pure so she doesn’t need a name. She is just totally totally Piggie.”
Mo describes his creative process, and how he tries different mediums all the time.
“You are looking at some of my wire sculptures. Now wire sculpture is just me bending a piece of wire and trying to make a little drawing with it. I like to do them because I love an artist named Alexander Calder who kind of invented this type of art. Also it’s important for me to work in different mediums. To make houses out of cardboard or to make wire sculptures or to make big sculptures. I’m not going to use them necessarily in my books but they inform the way that I make my books later on. So with a wire sculpture I have to be as simple as possible in how I bend the wire to make as simple a shape as possible.”
(Don’t forget, families can try their hand at making wire sculptures all weekend long during our Mo Willems family days on March 19 and 20.)
And, you’ll learn the proper pronunciation of Knuffle Bunny! You’ll have to stop and hear that one in person (hint, it’s on stop #3).
See you here in the galleries!