Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books

Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books

October 19, 2014–January 4, 2015 (members’ opening party October 18)

NCCIL-Golden Books show, 2007-09-07.This exhibition presents the most extensive public showing ever of original illustration art from American publishing’s best loved and most important picture-book series, Little Golden Books.

Launched in 1942—the first full year of America’s involvement in the Second World War—Little Golden Books made high-quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. Among the artists who have contributed to the ambitious series are greats of the European émigré community (including Feodor Rojankovsky and Tibor Gergely); alumni of the Walt Disney Studios (including Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J.P. Miller and Mary Blair), who came East for the artistic freedom and control associated with picture-book making; and such American originals as Garth Williams, Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry and Bob Staake.

Fifty-seven masterpieces of original illustration art by these and other artists—chosen from the vast Random House archive—will be featured in the exhibition, including examples from such picture-book classics as Tootle, Home for a Bunny, Five Little Firemen, The Color Kittens and I Can Fly.

Golden Legacy is organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

In Rochester, it is sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery and Nocon & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Additional support is provided by the Child Care Council, Inc., FULL MEA5URE, Michael & Joanna Grosodonia, and COMIDA.


• Sunday, October 19 @ 2 pm: lecture by Diane Muldrow, author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book
• Thursday, October 23 @ 11 am: Art & Story Stroll for ages 2 to 5 with adult
• Sunday, November 2 @ 2 pm: conversation with Sidney Wilkin & Timothy J. Cosgriff on Golden Legacy artist Eloise Wilkin
• Wednesday, November 5, 4:30 to 7 pm: Especially for Educators
• Thursday, November 6 @ 11 am: Art & Story Stroll for ages 2 to 5 with adult
• Sunday, November 9, noon to 5 pm: Golden Books Family Day
• Sunday, December 7 @ 2 pm: lecture by Karal Ann Marling on “How Golden Books Changed the Course of American Modernism”
• Thursday, December 11 @ 11 am: Art & Story Stroll for ages 2 to 5 with adult
• Sundays afternoons throughout the show: community members read from their favorite Golden Books see the schedule

Pictured: Aurelius Battaglia, Little Boy with a Big Horn (1950). Gouache. © Random House, Inc.