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Description: MoMA's ambitious survey of 20th century design for children is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. The exhibition brings together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children's hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.
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.
Venue Description: The Museum of Modern Art, also known as MoMA, offers a rich and panoramic view into modern art in the world. Founded in 1929, it has grown to include more than 135,000 paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, sculptures, films, and design objects. MoMA seeks to create an environment that is responsive to the issues of modern and contemporary art, while being accessible to a public that ranges from scholars to young children.
MoMA has three restaurants on the premises: Café 2 is the museum?s sophisticated cafeteria; Terrace 5 is a full-service café; and The Modern offers the original, Alsatian-inspired cuisine of Chef Gabriel Kreuther, recently awarded three stars by The New York Times.
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