This exhibition from the Schlesinger Library’s Julia Child Papers traces her path through various sites: post–World War II Paris, where she learned to cook and teach cooking and began the decade-long writing collaboration that produced Mastering the Art of French Cooking; Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she became an icon of its cultural scene and launched her career in television; and national television, where she entered into millions of households. We travel with her and her husband Paul Child to Ceylon, southern France, Germany, Norway, and the Maine coast; follow the tortuous but ultimately triumphant progress of the Mastering manuscript; tread in her diligent steps through experiments in food science; and glimpse her library of culinary book treasures.
The exhibition also includes Child’s awards and medals, letters and photos of Paul Child, and materials from the complementary papers of Simone Beck, Avis De Voto, and Ruth Lockwood. Together these items display the breadth of the Schlesinger’s documentation of Child’s life and achievements. The multimedia kiosk brings Julia to life with clips and slide shows from the audiovisual holdings. Television and radio interviews, a tribute in song, and Child’s 1981 talk about her relationship with the culinary collection at the Schlesinger Library are featured.
Runs Friday, September 21, 2012 through Thursday, March 28, 2013, and will be on view in the Schlesinger Library’s first floor exhibit area and on the second floor during regular library hours: Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.