Syd Hoff: Finding Home

Dina Weinstein is curating an exhibit of Syd Hoff‘s work. I’ve pasted the info below from the Miami-Dade Public Library System in case you need a reminder of who he was.
Here is why I’m telling you this. I don’t usually announce in advance who’s coming on the podcast, but I’ve started a new thing: asking guests if they’d like to provide a prize for a giveaway. You won’t even believe what Dina offered: a vintage Syd Hoff book!
I’m interviewing her in June and will be publishing the episode soon after that. If you subscribe to the podcast through iTunes you won’t miss it, and you can enter to win a vintage Syd Hoff book!

June 14 – October 1, 2012
Miami Beach Regional Library
227 22nd St. • 305-535-4219
Beloved children’s book author and illustrator Syd Hoff made Miami Beach his home and there created his best-loved characters like Danny and the Dinosaur (1958) and Sammy the Seal (1959). The Syd Hoff: Finding Home exhibition is organized for the humorist’s 2012 centennial and curated by Miami-based journalist Dina Weinstein. The exhibition traces the life, achievement and influences of the prolific cartoonist and author through the curator’s visual aids and research. It consists of a series of creative “storyboards” composed of research notes, fact-finding footnotes, and humorous commentaries collected and written by Weinstein. Along with photographic reproductions, text panels, books, and video, the materials will trace Hoff’s early career and development. Sections will include Hoff’s work with the Lyrical Left in the 1930s, his New Yorker cartoons focusing on outer-borough tenement dwellers, his syndicated comics and cartoons, and the made-in-Miami/Cold War/Baby Boom children’s literature for which he is best known. Exhibition-goers will see the connection between Hoff’s storybook characters’ search for belonging to his earlier political and gag cartoons.
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
About Dina Weinstein: Exhibition curator Dina Weinstein is a Miami, Florida-based journalist. Her Syd Hoff research has taken her to The New Yorker archives in the New York Public Library’s special collections, New York University’s Tamiment Library, Brandeis University, The Library of Congress, The Federal Bureau of Investigations, the National Archives, New York City’s Municipal Archives, The Bronx Historical Society, The Library of Congress, Boston Public Library and the Miami-Dade Public Library System. Grants from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation have funded Weinstein’s research trips to see Hoff’s archived work at the University of Minnesota Kerlan Children’s Literature Collection and the University of Southern Mississippi de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection. Weinstein earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and a Master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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