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Friday, November 5, 2010

Coming Up: Curious George at the Contemporary Jewish Museum - SF

I am so excited about this Curious George exhibit, opening at Contemporary Jewish Museum on November 14. While we all know Curious George, how many realized that the story lines (the monkey escapes from the zoo) is very similar to that of the creators, Margret and H. A. Rey. No, they didn't escape from the zoo, but they did escape from the Nazis. 

Hans Augusto Reyersbach, grew up in Germany and later moved to Paris and Brazil. His wife, Margarete Waldstein, was also German. Like H. A., she was an artist, and she studied at the famous Bauhaus. 

This exhibit was just shown in New York City, and when I heard about it, I read the children's biography of Margret and H. A. Rey, The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey.

This picture book, which isn't too intense for kids, is a fascinating true tale of their early childhood, how they met, and how they escaped from Paris on bike (with the manuscripts and drawings in their satchels). Plus it's illustrated with beautiful drawings, similar in style to Curious George. They eventually made it to the United States, with stops in between in Portugal, Spain and Brazil. (The museum does have a parent/educator program on how to talk about the Holocaust to your kids).

In the exhibit you'll see 80 original drawings and watercolors of Raffy and the Nine Monkeys (Curious George got his start as Fifi the monkey - Raffy is a giraffe), their penguin series, and Curious George books. You'll see their personal photos and the journal written about their escape.

The exhibit has plenty of kid-friendly offerings. They'll have drop-in art making classes with Curious George themes, preschool gallery hours, free days with a costumed Curious George, family tours. They also have free Curious George Family ARTpacks to use with kids when visiting the exhibit. They are filled with activities designed for families to explore the exhibition together. Housed in a mini-suitcase, families will find a journey map to view the exhibition and a "Create Your Own Adventure" storytelling game. Kids can take home their own adventure journals and have their exhibition passports stamped before leaving the Museum

WhatCurious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey
When: November 14, 2010-March 13, 2011
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Special Family Programming


Every Sunday and Special Holiday Weekends, 1-3 PM
Free with admission. Youth 18 and under always FREE.

Experiment with new materials and techniques as you create art together as a
family. Themes change regularly and are related to Museum exhibitions,
architecture, or holidays and traditions.

Sunday, November 14 & Sunday, November 21
--Worldly Travel Tags
Sunday, December 19 and Sunday, December 26
--Artful Greetings

*Special Schools-Out Drop-In
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: December 27, 28, 30, 31 - Wire Sculptures
Monday, December 27: Air Mobiles
Tuesday, December 28: Earth Mobiles
Thursday, December 30: Sea Mobiles
Friday, December 31: Outer Space Mobiles

Second Sundays - 10-11:30 AM
Free with admission. Youth 18 and under always FREE.

Sunday, November 14
--By George, You¹ve Arrived! (stories, tour, music)
Sunday, December 12
--De-Light-Ful George! (shadow puppets, stories, music)


First Sundays - January 2, February 6, and March 6, 2011 - 3-3:45 PM
Free with admission. Youth 18 and under are FREE.


Sunday, November 21 - 2:30-5 p.m.
When, How, and What to Say? Teaching Young Children about the Holocaust:
Lessons from Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey
(A Workshop for Parents and Teachers). Cost: $10

CJM Annual Family Gala - Get Curious!

Saturday, December 4 from 5:30-8:30 PM
Adults: $100 for Members/$150 for the general public. Children ages 2-18:
$50 for Members/$75 for the general public.
-Programming & activities including music and dance, art-making, storytelling and family tours
of the exhibition. Proceeds support CJM education and family programs.
-for tickets please visit For more information contact Stacey
Silver at or 415.655.7836.


Sunday, December 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free admission for all SFPL card holders and one guest (bring your library card)
-Stories, storytelling, Curious George appearance. Preschool Gallery Hour at 10 a.m.


Saturday, December 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free admission for everyone!

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