It is not easy getting up to the fifth floor gallery at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The distractions on floors one through four are many and wonderful. The sculpture filled and fountain-serenaded garden will also beckon. Be strong. Take the elevator if you have to. Start at the top.
The reward? A dizzyingly fabulous and ambitious new exhibit, The Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900 - 2000. This is pure MoMA joy: meticulous curation, a design delight and yes, lots and lots of toys.
I spent a couple of hours wandering, utterly mesmerized, looking at hundreds of artifacts, photographs and videos, ranging from the…
• lyrical (an early animation of Aladdin’s Lamp)
• to the practical (school desks)
• the disturbing (a Nazi board game)
• to the amusing (Pee-wee’s Playhouse)
• the personal past (a Barbie Dreamhouse, oh boy!)
• to a glimpse of the future (Sugata Mitra’s Hole in the Wall kiosks)…
The show is a literal feast of information—so much so that I hope to have a chance to return before it closes on November 5. (click through to the vizlearning
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