In addition to Esphyr Slobodkina’s permanent fine art installments, the Slobodkina Foundation offers traveling exhibitions, which include Esphyr’s fine art and children’s books, to museums, libraries, and other venues across the United States.
Programs associated with our current exhibitions are available for school, library, or civic groups.
Exciting News for 2018: Exhibition fee assistance now available!
As of 2018, the Slobodkina Foundation can provide assistance for full or partial grants available for our exhibitions and programs based on need and availability for all but transportation of art and travel expenses where applicable. All grants are time-sensitive and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Simple application forms are obtainable via email.
Caps for Sale & the Mindful Monkeys Book Signing and Story Presentation
On Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 2-4:30 p.m., Rizzoli Bookstore in Manhattan will present artist and author Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer performing Caps for Sale, the Musical Narrative featuring the stories of Caps for Sale, More Caps for Sale, and the newest series installment, Caps for Sale & the Mindful Monkeys.
This entertaining and educational program is designed to engage children in an interactive musical/narrative performance of Caps for Sale and its sequels, More Caps for Sale and Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkeys.
The Caps for Sale Musical Narrative Program goes beyond everyday storytelling. Children become immersed in this presentation as Ann Marie portrays the characters of the monkeys and Pezzo the Peddler through reading, acting, and singing. Children are encouraged to participate as monkeys in the stories through song, dance, and mimicry, or to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. The production is simple but high-energy. After the show, everyone has an opportunity to ask questions and talk about what makes the Peddler so special and different and how each of us is special and different in our way.
Caps for Sale & Other Great Tales: The History of a Storybook and its Maker
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary celebration of artist, author, and illustrator Esphyr Slobodkina’s classic children’s book, Caps for Sale, the Slobodkina Foundation, in association with author Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer, is presenting a travelling exhibition entitled: Caps for Sale & Other Great Tales: The Art & History of a Storybook and its Maker.
We invite you to join the roster of prestigious institutions hosting this family-friendly interactive experience. This exhibition coincides with the release of More Caps for Sale, the first monkey sequel to the classic tale (Slobodkina/Sayer [HC 2016, soft cover 2017]), the release of a third story, Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkeys (2017, soft cover 2018), and the debut of Caps for Sale: The Musical, which originated from The Adventure Theatre in Washington D.C. and The New Victory Theater in New York City.
Curated by the Slobodkina Foundation, Caps for Sale & Other Great Tales: The Art & History of a Storybook and its Maker explores the life and art of Esphyr Slobodkina (1908-2002), a founding member of the influential American Abstract Artists.
It is the first exhibition to focus on Slobodkina’s work as an author and illustrator and her abstract influences on the American children’s book. It presents the fascinating story behind the making of Caps for Sale and other Slobodkina books, which were illustrated using collage technique. This exhibition includes 74 paintings, collage, illustrations, assemblages, and textiles, as well as twenty-six children’s books.
The confluence of events that challenged Esphyr Slobodkina’s life is explored through a chronological installation of art that integrates some of Slobodkina’s rarely seen works. The exhibition is augmented with live presentations and performances, audio-visual displays, and hands-on workshops.
A passion for the arts and self-reliant determination directed Slobodkina’s life. From childhood through adulthood, Slobodkina endured illness, isolation, war, poverty and prejudice. This exhibition explores Slobodkina’s resilience throughout these trials and tragedies. Through positivity, perseverance, and persistence in self-education Slobodkina ultimately achieved personal gratification as an accomplished artist and author.
Caps for Sale & Other Great Tales: The Art & History of a Storybook and its Maker is designed to instill in children of all ages with an understanding of what a self-actualized person can attain.