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.
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.