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Come with me and you'll be i n a world of pure imagination

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Take and look and you'll see into your imagination

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We'll begin with a spin traveling in the world of my c reation

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What we'll see will de fy explanation….

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There is no l ife I know to compare with pure imagination

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Living there you'll be free if you truly wish to be

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--Willy Wonka

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Since the introduction in 1957 of a mischievous cat donning a red and white hat and a bow tie\, readers of all ages have been captivated by s tories that spark the imagination and transport them to new worlds where an ything is possible.  From the celebrated works of Dr. Seuss to new stories and updated renditions of beloved classics\, Pure Imagination feat ures artists who tell fantastical stories through a myriad of different vis ual styles.  This exhibition will feature contemporary artists working in t he field of children's book illustration\, artists who address themes of ch ildhood and storytelling\, and complementary works from the museum's perman ent collection.  A reading room and interactive installation will also be i ncluded. 

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Michele Urton is an indepen dent curator and Project Manager at Metabolic Studio\, The Annenberg Founda tion. Prior to joining Metabolic Studio\, she was with Gemini G.E.L.\, the groundbreaking Los Angeles printshop\, and spent seven years as Assistant C urator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where sh e coordinated the inaugural exhibition of contemporary art in the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) building.  During her tenure\, she curated Allan Kaprow: Fluids and EATLACMA and assisted in the organization of B eyond Geometry: Experiments in Form\, 1940s – 70s and Tim Hawkinso n.  She has also worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New Y ork.  She received her B.A. from the University of California\, Santa Cruz\ , and her M.A. from Brown University.

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