A Winnie the Pooh Exhibition is Coming To Atlanta

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic/Egmont UK Ltd
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic/Egmont UK Ltd

A unique exhibition celebrating the 92-year history and enduring appeal of Winnie the Pooh, “the world’s most famous bear,” is making its way to Georgia. On June 3, 2018, Atlanta's High Museum of Art will open “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic,” a new exhibit that has been curated by London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

As Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) reports, the 200-plus items on display will include original Winnie the Pooh illustrations from the 1920s, as well as photographs, memorabilia, first-edition books, handwritten correspondence between author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard, and a 1929 recording of Milne reading aloud.

The first Winnie the Pooh character portraits drawn by Shepard will be on view, as will replicas of the stuffed animals—belonging to Milne’s son, Christopher—that inspired the story’s characters. There will even be Winnie the Pooh sake cups made for the Walt Disney Corporation and a Pooh LEGO set.

Winnie the Pooh sake cups

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A. A. Milne with his son, Christopher Robin
A. A. Milne with his son, Christopher Robin

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic/Howard Coster, National Portrait Gallery, London.

“This exhibition brings together the most important objects in Pooh history to reveal why the lovable bear and his friends remain so compelling today," Virginia Sweeney, co-presenting curator for the exhibition, told GPB.

“Winnie-the-Pooh” isn't the first time the High Museum has paid tribute to a popular children’s book author or artist. The works of Ashley Bryan (Freedom Over Me), Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Mo Willems (The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?), and Jerry Pinkney (The Lion & the Mouse) have previously been put on display.

Free admission will be granted to visitors on three dates—June 10, July 8, and August 12—and special programming will be arranged on those days. Running in conjunction with the exhibit, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre will host showings of Winnie-the-Pooh, a musical based on Milne's stories, from June 7 to July 8.

[h/t Georgia Public Broadcasting]

National Portrait Gallery Celebrates Aretha Franklin With Week-Long Exhibition

Courtesy of Angela Pham BFA
Courtesy of Angela Pham BFA

With the passing of Aretha Franklin on August 16, 2018, the world has lost one of its most distinctive voices—and personalities. As celebrities and fans share their memories of the Queen of Soul and what her music meant to them, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery will pay tribute to the legendary songstress's life with a week-long exhibition of her portrait.

Throughout her career, Franklin earned some of the music industry's highest accolades, including 18 Grammy Awards. In 1987, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nearly 30 years later, in 2015, the National Portrait Gallery fêted Franklin with the Portrait of a Nation Prize, which recognizes "the accomplishments of notable contemporary Americans whose portraits reside in the National Portrait Gallery collection." (Madeline Albright, Spike Lee, and Rita Moreno are among some of its recent recipients.)

Milton Glaser's lithograph of Aretha Franklin, which is displayed at The National Portrait Gallery
© Milton Glaser

Franklin's portrait was the creation of noted graphic designer Milton Glaser, who employed "his characteristic kaleidoscope palette and innovative geometric forms to convey the creative energy of Franklin's performances," according to the Gallery. The colorful lithographic was created in 1968, the very same year that the National Portrait Gallery opened.

Glaser's image will be installed in the "In Memoriam" section of the museum, which is located on the first floor, on Friday, August 17 and will remain on display to the public through August 22, 2018. The Gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. and admission is free.

This Wall Chart Shows Almost 130 Species of Shark—All Drawn to Scale

Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

Shark Week may be over, but who says you can’t celebrate sharp-toothed predators year-round? Pop Chart Lab has released a new wall print featuring nearly 130 species of selachimorpha, a taxonomic superorder of fish that includes all sharks.

The shark chart
Pop Chart Lab

Called “The Spectacular Survey of Sharks,” the chart lists each shark by its family classification, order, and superorder. An evolutionary timeline is also included in the top corner to provide some context for how many millions of years old some of these creatures are. The sharks are drawn to scale, from the large but friendly whale shark down to the little ninja lanternsharka species that lives in the deep ocean, glows in the dark, and wasn’t discovered until 2015.

You’ll find the popular great white, of course, as well as rare and elusive species like the megamouth, which has been spotted fewer than 100 times. This is just a sampling, though. According to World Atlas, there are more than 440 known species of shark—plus some that probably haven't been discovered yet.

The wall chart, priced at $29 for an 18” x 24” print, can be pre-ordered on Pop Chart Lab’s website. Shipping begins on August 27.

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