Weekend 232.1

I took Burgoyne to see “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000” at the MoMA this weekend. This was an incredible exhibition and included works by Peter Ellenshaw and Mary Blair.

This is more than a toy exhibit and explores, in the words of Juliet Kinchin:

…the fascinating confluence, unique to the twentieth century, between the cultures of modern design and childhood, using a kaleidoscopic narrative of innovative ideas, artifacts, and people.

The exhibition also included works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Lyonel Feininger, Winsor McCay (Little Nemo in Slumberland), Gustav Klimt, Hans Beck (Playmobil), Antonio Rubino, Gerrit Rietveld, Roald Dahl, Ray Eames, and Keita Takahashi (Katamari Damacy).

I will have more to poet but wanted to include one more quote from Kinchin:

For designers seeking to reconcile in their work the tensions and ambiguities of modern life, children seemed an inexhaustible source of renewal, evoking both paradise lost in the remote past and the future possibility of an ideal city or state.

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