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The Working Mind and Drawing Hand of Oliver Jeffers


A performance of self-explanation, story-telling, and picture-drawing. There is also a pie chart. Oliver Jeffers is a visual artist and author from Belfast, Northern Ireland, now living and working in Brooklyn, New York. At the core of Oliver’s work is a fierce curiosity – a desire to ask questions and tell stories about his observations. Stories not only about the world as he sees it now, but also about remembered snippets from his worldview as a child.

For this performance, he will guide people through a brief history of how various projects have come to be, and how his fine art practice and his publishing work often cross-reference and influence one another.

As much as it’s about investigating the ways in which the human mind understands its world, Oliver Jeffers’ work is also executed as comic relief in the face of futility. His critically ­acclaimed picture books, including Once Upon an Alphabet, This Moose Belongs to Me, Imaginary Fred (written by Eoin Colfer), and The Day the Crayons Quit (written by Drew Deywalt), have been released worldwide and translated into over thirty languages, and his artwork has been exhibited at institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Ulster Museum in Belfast. Jeffers has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award, Irish Book Award, Texas Bluebonnet Award, and United Kingdom Literary Association Award. He will release his fifteenth book as author and illustrator in fall 2016.Free Admission – General seating


Date + Time
Wednesday, May 4


Main Space
51 Bergen St

Earlier Event: May 4
Tiny Homes // Frieda Premo
Later Event: May 6
Look and Listen Festival