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The title of this solo exhibition by Philadelphia artist Becky Suss refers to the philosophy of Lucy Sprague Mitchell (1878–1967), a pioneer of early childhood education who championed literature that told stories of children’s everyday experiences (as opposed to fantastical, foreign ones). One of her students, Margaret Wise Brown, applied this method in her classic 1947 book Goodnight Moon. In a similar vein, Suss, who’s known for painting meticulously detailed architectural interiors at a life-size scale, reimagines interiors from children’s books in this show. Her renderings of scenes from books that she read as a child and plans to read to her son—including Cheaper by the Dozen, Number the Stars, and James Baldwin’s little-known children’s book, Little Man, Little Man—suggest that certain narratives stay with readers long after growing up. —Tiffany Jow
Houseboat on Dull 2019 Lake in the Valley of K (2019), inspired by a scene from Haroun and the Sea of Stories.