Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, Saturday 10:30am-5:30pm; Friday 10:30am-8pm; closed on Tuesday after Sept. 25
Price: $25 adults; $18 seniors; $14 students; free children younger than 16
11 W. 53rd St. - 212-708-9400
Midtown, NY 10103
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.