The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor.
In 1900, Swedish design reformer and social theorist Ellen Key’s book Century of the Child presaged the 20th century as a period of intensified focus and progressive thinking regarding the rights, development, and well-being of children as interests of utmost importance to all society. Taking inspiration from Key—and looking back through the 20th century 100 years after her forecast—this exhibition will examine individual and collective visions for the material world of children, from utopian dreams for the “citizens of the future” to the dark realities of political conflict and exploitation. In this period children have been central to the concerns, ambitions, and activities of modern architects and designers both famous and unsung, and working specifically for children has often provided unique freedom and creativity to the avant-garde.
Organized by Juliet Kinchin, Curator, and Aidan O’Connor, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.
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Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000
Pop-Up Play @ MoMA
Come to MoMA and play! Explore, build, and create with everyday and recycled materials to create a pop-up play space. Drop-in before or after visiting MoMA’s Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000 exhibition, where you can learn about innovative play methods and spaces of the past. Educators will be on hand to facilitate child-directed play, but parents must accompany their children. Organized in collaboration with Pop-Up Adventure Play.
Growing by Design: Designing for Kids
Visit Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000 to discover toys, games, playgrounds, and other things that were designed just for kids. Then get creative as you mock up your own kid-friendly design.
The Child in the City of Play
In conjunction with the exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000, this half-day symposium explores the impact of play in urban environments on childhood development. Three sessions feature play theorists, architects and designers, developmental psychologists, educators, and others as they discuss topics including the importance of childhood play, the design of playful cities, and the intersection between design, play, and urban surroundings. Participants include Jane Chermayeff, educator and exhibition developer; Juliet Kinchin, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and organizer of the exhibition; and others.
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