Currently showing at the Contemporary Jewish Museum till March 13th, Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey, features nearly 80 original drawings, book mock-ups, and vintage photographs. Tracing the creation and growth of the now widely celebrated monkey, the exhibition examines the challenges once faced by the Reys.
“Born in Hamburg to Jewish families, they lived together in Paris from 1936 to 1940. Hours before the Nazis marched into Paris in June 1940, the Reys fled on bicycles, carrying drawings for their children’s stories including one about a mischievous monkey, then named Fifi. Not only were they able to save the characters, but the Reys themselves were saved by their illustrations when authorities found them in their belongings, which may explain why saving the day after a narrow escape became the premise of most Curious George stories.”
Learn more from the Press Release.