MoMA | Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900â€“2000
Rohit Khare stashed this in potpourri
MoMAâ€™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 will bring together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, childrenâ€™s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.
In 1900, Swedish design reformer and social theorist Ellen Keyâ€™s bookÂ Century of the ChildÂ 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 Keyâ€”and looking back through the 20th century 100 years after her forecastâ€”this exhibition will examine individual and collective visions for the material world of children, from utopian dreams for the â€ścitizens of the futureâ€ť 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.
It feels like the 20th Century was the first era in which children were considered first-class citizens.
But also you have things like Disney "Tomorrowland" which feel a lot like an alternate timeline.