It's a rite of passage for children to tuck into bed while listening to Corduroy's story—the tale of a little teddy bear who goes on a quest for his missing button in an empty department store. The cute little fella clad in green overalls has stolen hearts big and small for the past 50 years, and it's only right to celebrate this milestone accordingly.
Beginning Nov 21, the Museum of the City of New York will pay homage to Corduroy's creator, illustrator Don Freeman, with the new exhibit, “A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York.” Expect a glimpse into the creative process of the 1968 story, as well as other popular work from the creator, including drawings, paintings and original sketches.
“Don Freeman was the quintessential New Yorker. After arriving in New York as a young man, he became enchanted with the city and captured the spirit and human drama of it in his illustrations, posters and children’s books,” Whitney W. Donhauser, Ronay Menschel Director and President of the Museum of the City of New York said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have many of Freeman’s works in our permanent collection and are delighted to present this exhibition on the 50th anniversary of the publication of his classic children’s book Corduroy.”
Little visitors will love seeing the behind-the-scenes making of their favorite teddy, as well as glimpses into Pet of the Met and Hattie the Backstage Bat, two equally wonderful reading selections for little Gothamites. Older patrons are going to love the nostalgia factor of Corduroy, but they should also be prepared to swoon over the artist's portrayal of New Yorkers, Broadway and all-things urban.