'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Illustrations from 21st Century Editions of the Poem


North Wing Corridor
Opening December 8, 2018 through February 3, 2019

No other text has been illustrated by picture-book artists as much as A Visit from Saint Nicholas or The Night Before Christmas, attributed to the theologian Clement Clarke Moore. The poem was one of the first American children's books to be illustrated in color and the verses are some of the most recognized in the English language. It has inspired - and is still inspiring - generations of artists. So, just in time for the holiday season, MOAS will present fifteen of the most non-traditional and exciting 21st century published versions of the illustrated poem by award-winning artists from abroad and the United States. These artists work in a variety of media including cut-paper and mechanicals and their illustrations bring fresh ideas for setting, characters, plot details, and composition to this timeless classic. 


Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist, Richard Jesse Watson