This video begins with the logo for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst Massachusetts, then transitions to a title page that says: The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sís. June 8-October 27, 2019 at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.” Text at the bottom of the image says the exhibition is made possible with generous support from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
This video is an interview with writer and illustrator Peter Sís, paired with words about Sís’s personal history spoken by Executive Director of The Carle Museum, Alix Kennedy. Images of Sís’s artwork and of his current exhibition at the Carle Museum are shown on screen while his and Kennedy’s voices are heard in the background. Occasionally the video cuts to the interview to see Sís sitting in a chair in front of a yellow portion of a mural by Eric Carle, wearing a white button down shirt and a blue and white pinstriped jacket.
Peter Sís invites readers on incredible journeys. His picture book biographies recount the real-life travels of British biologist Charles Darwin and French pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. He depicts the life and persecution of 17th-century Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei. Born in Czechoslovakia, Sís transports readers to the ancient city of Prague in The Three Golden Keys and explores its political past in The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. He chronicles his father’s two-year odyssey in the Himalaya Mountains in Tibet Through the Red Box, and creates a modern-day fairytale in Madlenka. This exhibition showcases more than 90 original illustrations from 26 picture books, ranging from Sís’s exquisitely detailed paintings of historical narratives to the bold graphics of his early readers. A selection of painted objects and public art projects showcase other facets of his award-winning career.