Juliet Kepes. c. 1949, Preparatory drawing for playroom mural in Kepes House, Cambridge,  MA


The Children’s Room, Art and Design of Wellfleet’s Mid-Century Children’s Books

A collaboration of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, the Wellfleet Historical Society and Museum, and the Wellfleet Public Library.

During the 1930s Wellfleet’s population was just barely 800 people, and yet over 1,000 books have been published by, or about, the town’s mid-century denizens, around 200 being inventive books for children. Many of these books were designed and illustrated by some of the most acclaimed graphic artists of the era. This exhibit includes a selection of books, artifacts and original artwork. We hope this celebration will let people experience this cultural heritage in a new and palpable way.

Concurrently with the exhibition, as part of the Museum's Speaker Series, Stephen Eskilson, author of Graphic Design: A New History, will give a talk on the adoption and transformation of European modernist design by practitioners in the US.