The Real Poop on Pigeons: Works by Kevin McCloskey
June 4 - July 3, 2016
Born in Rahway, artist Kevin McCloskey lived in Hoboken for most of the 1980s. Today he is a professor of illustration at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Some Hobokenites may remember him behind the bar at Hoboken’s Eighth Street Tavern.
In 1986, he was a Founding Trustee of the Hoboken Historical Museum. “The other founders donated considerable time and money,” he says. “I donated art and design.”
His donations included original art from his 1986 guidebook, Walking Around Hoboken, and humorous T-shirt and postcard designs. His “Hobokener” T-shirt, a parody of Saul Steinberg’s famed New Yorker magazine cover, is a perennial bestseller.
He is also a children’s book author. His We Dig Worms! (Toon Books, 2015) was selected by School Library Journal for their Top Ten Graphic Books of 2015. The New York Times called it “a winning combination of facts and gross-out fun.”
When Françoise Mouly, Toon's editor and publisher, asked McCloskey to do another animal book, he immediately thought of pigeons. Thanks to the Hoboken Historical Museum, he had learned a thing or two about these remarkable birds. Illustrating the museum’s chapbook, The Pigeon Guys, he met Vinnie Torre, one of Hoboken’s last pigeon racers. Vinnie gave him a tour of his rooftop loft and told him amazing stories about pigeons.
The exhibition will include images from the Pigeon Guys, sketched in Hoboken, as well as artwork from his latest book, The Real Poop on Pigeons. Booklist calls this new book a "playful and informative take on the ubiquitous, under-appreciated pigeon." Kirkus Reviews calls it “another feather in McCloskey’s cap!”
View original artwork from The Pigeon Guys and The Real Poop on Pigeons and meet the artist at a free opening reception Saturday, Apr. 4, from 2 - 4 pm. The art will remain on view through Sunday, July 3.
The exhibit is supported by a block grant from the State/County Partnership program for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.