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THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

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Hardcover, 9.5 x 12 in. / 264 pgs / illustrated throughout.

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PUB DATE 8/31/2012
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New York
The Museum of Modern Art, 07/24/12-11/05/12

"Play is the highest stage of the child's development… the purest, the most spiritual product of man at this stage, and it is at once the prefiguration and imitation of the total hman life—of the inner, secret, natural life in man and in all things. It produces, therefore, joy, freedom, satisfaction, repose within and without, peace within the world."

- Friedrich Froebel, 1826, quoted in Juliet Kinchin's chapter, "The Kindergarten Movement: Building Blocks of Modern Design."

  

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Century of the Child

Growing by Design 1900-2000

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Edited by Juliet Kinchin. Text by Tanya Harrod, Medea Hoch, Juliet Kinchin, Francis Luca, Maria Paola Maino, Amy Ogata, Aidan O'Connor, David Senior, Sarah Suzuki.

Featured image, a 1946 enameled steel and oak school desk by Jean Prouvé, is reproduced from <I>Century of the Child</I>.Featured image, a 1946 enameled steel and oak school desk by Jean Prouvé, is reproduced from <I>Century of the Child</I>.Featured image, a 1946 enameled steel and oak school desk by Jean Prouvé, is reproduced from <I>Century of the Child</I>.Featured image, a 1946 enameled steel and oak school desk by Jean Prouvé, is reproduced from <I>Century of the Child</I>.Featured image, a 1946 enameled steel and oak school desk by Jean Prouvé, is reproduced from <I>Century of the Child</I>.Featured image, a 1946 enameled steel and oak school desk by Jean Prouvé, is reproduced from <I>Century of the Child</I>.

In 1900, Swedish design reformer and social theorist Ellen Key published The Century of the Child, presaging the coming century as a period of intensified focus and progressive thinking around the rights, development and well-being of children. Taking inspiration from Key-and looking back through the twentieth century-this volume, published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, examines 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. Surveying more than 100 years of toys, clothing, playgrounds, schools, children's hospitals, nurseries, furniture, posters, animation and books, this richly illustrated catalogue illuminates how progressive design has enhanced the physical, intellectual, and emotional development of children and, conversely, how models of children's play have informed experimental aesthetics and imaginative design thinking-engendering, in the process, reappraisals of some of the iconic names in twentieth-century design and enriching the unfolding narrative of modern design with other, less familiar figures. Divided into seven sections-"New Century, New Child, New Art"; "Avant-Garde Playtime"; "Light, Air, Health"; "Children and the Body Politic"; "Regeneration"; "Power Play"; and "Designing Better Worlds"-The Century of the Child focuses on individuals and projects that represent innovative and comprehensive contributions to design for children.

Featured images - Jean Prouvé's school desk, 1946; Ladislav Sutnar's "Build the Town" building blocks, 1897-1976; Ray and Charles Eames' child's chair, 1944; Hajime Sorayama's Aibo Entertainment Robot, 1999; the XO Laptop from the One Laptop per Child project, 2005-ongoing; and Gerrit Rietveld's child's wheelbarrow, 1923 - are reproduced from Century of the Child.

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R 20th Century Gallery Launches Holiday Objects Show with MoMA Book Signings and ARTBOOK Pop-Up Bookstore

R 20th Century Gallery Launches Holiday Objects Show with MoMA Book Signings and ARTBOOK Pop-Up Bookstore
This weekend, the sophisticated and playful Tribeca design gallery R 20th Century launches its Holiday Objects Show, featuring a pop-up bookstore by ARTBOOK | D.A.P. The opening reception kicks off with a 2-3PM book event for MoMA curators Juliet Kinchin and Aidan O'Connor, who will sign copies of Century of the Child and Counter Space.
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Holiday Treat, Sophisticated & Sweet: Century of the Child

Holiday Treat, Sophisticated & Sweet: Century of the ChildFeatured image, a late-60s / early-70s Inflatable Giraffe by the Czech designer Libuse Niklova, is reproduced from The Museum of Modern Art's ambitious survey of 20th century design for children, Century of the Child, which closed on November 5 after drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors and garnering glowing reviews. On Saturday, November 17, from 2-3PM, the exhibition's organizers, MoMA curators Juliet Kinchin and Aidan O'Connor, will sign copies of this superb holiday gift book at R 20th Century Gallery, in celebration of the Objects Show. Please join us for the opening reception! continue to blog


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