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LyleLyle, Lyle, Crocodile and Friends:
The Art of Bernard Waber
August 27 - November 1

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile and Friends: The Art of Bernard Waber is the first major exhibition to explore the life and career of children’s book writer and illustrator, Bernard Waber (1921-2013). Through over 90 original illustrations and other artifacts, including newly discovered sketches and manuscripts, the exhibit explores the whimsical and emotionally resonant world Waber created in a long career that spanned more than 30 picture books, including the much loved Lyle, Lyle Crocodile stories. Curated by children's book historian Leonard S. Marcus, this celebration of Waber's work and spirit in his hometown of Philadelphia is a fitting tribute.

This exhibition was organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts. Support for the organization of this exhibition has been generously provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
Major support for this exhibition at NMAJH has been provided by Hallee and David Adelman, Jen Mendel and Fred Fox, the Louis and Bessie Stein Foundation Fund #2 Audrey Merves, Trustee, and the Solomon and Sylvia Bronstein Foundation. Additional support by Lee Meyerhoff Hendler, Elaine L. Lindy, and The Rittenhouse Foundation. List in Formation.

Illustration © 1987 by Bernard Waber

The Pursuit of Happiness: Jewish Voices for LGBT Rights 50thfteature200sq
Now through October 11, 2015

The Museum is joining institutions across the Philadelphia region to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Annual Reminder demonstration on July 4, 1965 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

The Pursuit of Happiness celebrates and explores broader stories of activism of Jewish marchers who participated in the Annual Reminders from 1965-1969. During that time gay activists and allies participated in Annual Reminder demonstrations each July 4th, “reminding” their fellow citizens that gay and lesbian Americans did not enjoy all of the rights enshrined in the nation’s founding documents. Few could have known then that their appeal for basic personal freedoms would pave the way for advances in marriage equality and a more egalitarian future.

Installation highlights include a campaign poster for Frank Kameny, who organized Philadelphia’s Annual Reminder demonstrations and became the first openly gay candidate for Congress when he ran in 1971. An astronomer and WWII veteran, Kameny lost his civil service job in 1957 because of his sexual orientation, and appealed his firing to the Supreme Court in the first case ever to argue for sexual orientation as a civil rights issue. The poster is on loan to the Museum from veteran gay rights activist Kay Lahusen. Also on display, courtesy of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, is a “Lavender Menace” t-shirt worn by Martha Shelley to protest the National Organization for Women’s exclusion of lesbian voices and call attention to the need to include diverse voices within the women’s movement.

Project Partners NMAJH’s Annual Reminder project has been generously supported by the Allen A. Stein Family Foundation, Inc. Public programs presented in conjunction with the installation were generously supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.The Museum is grateful for the creativity and enthusiasm of many community partners, led by the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee under the leadership of Equality Forum and the William Way LGBT Community Center and its John J. Wilcox Archives and Library, as well as our planning committee chaired by Tom Wilson Weinbergand including Bob Skiba, Jocelyn Block, John Cunningham, JerrySilverman, Judith Tannenbaum, and Rich Wilson.