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An Artistic Experience in Philadelphia

Written by Matthew Connolly

Things look pretty tame outside the Rosenbach Museum and Libray, but step inside to see where the wild things are!

On a recent two-day trip to Philadelphia, students of art history professor and department chair Stephen Clancy’s got a taste of Maurice Sendak’s illustrations at the Rosenbach Museum.

Too Many Thoughts to Chew: A Sendak Stew was curated by Ithaca alum Patrick Rodgers ’81, who serves as the traveling exhibitions coordinator at the Rosenbach.

All about food, eating, and being eaten in such classics as In the Night Kitchen and Where the Wild Things Are, the exhibition represents just a small fraction of the museum’s collection of more than 10,000 Sendak illustrations and manuscripts.

Crediting travel for developing his interest in art and architecture, Professor Clancy feels strongly about getting students out of the classroom to see great works in person.

“It engages our senses and emotions far more powerfully than disembodied two-dimensional images,” he says.

The weekend also included time at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as a walking tour of the city and visits to the Gothic revival Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Beth Sholom Synagogue.



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