This coming April, The Carle is proud to be the first American museum to feature the beloved bear in Paddington™ Comes to America. From 32 Windsor Gardens in London, Paddington brings with him stories of humor, compassion, and marmalade. The exhibition commemorates the 60th anniversary of the first book by Michael Bond, A Bear Called Paddington. Fifteen novels, numerous publishing formats, two television series and two successful movies have ensured the loveable bear from Darkest Peru remains as popular as ever. Original art by Paddington’s various illustrators—Peggy Fortnum, Fred Banbery, Ivor Wood, David McKee, Barry Macey, and R.W. Alley—provides comparisons of the iconic bear over time. Guests can “travel” to Paddington’s favorite sites in London posted around the gallery, stamping special London bus passes at each location.
This exhibition is generously supported by HarperCollins Children’s Books, global publisher of the Paddington Bear books since 1958 and YOTTOY Productions, long term toy partner of Paddington in the US since 2005.
University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst
July 1 – November 1, 2018
Free and open to the public.
XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art is an outdoor public art exhibition that seeks to reveal our interconnectedness as citizens and to highlight the gateway district between downtown Amherst and the University of Massachusetts. The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) has partnered with the UMass Architecture Department and the Town of Amherst to build an art and culture bridge — a series of public sculptures — to activate the North Pleasant Street corridor and connect downtown to campus. The exhibition features work by 13 nationally recognized artists, local artists and members of the academic community. The goal of this project is to generate a robust public dialogue about the value of art and culture in building community.
Artists include: Sarah Braman; Roberley Bell; CLOK (Collective–LOK: Jon Lott, William O’Brien Jr., and Michael Kubo); Naomi Darling; Tom Friedman; Josephine Halvorson; Harold Grinspoon; Benjamin Jones; Joseph Krupczynski; Pamela Matsuda-Dunn; Gary Orlinsky; Rob Swainston; and Erika Zekos
July 1: Exhibition Opens
Sept 21: Exhibition Reception at UMCA
Sept 22: XTCA Symposium 10 a.m. ⎼ 5 p.m.
Nov 1: Exhibition Closes