Century of the Child at MoMA

Curator Juliet Kinchin discusses the exhibition “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000,” a survey of 20th-century design for children, that brings together school architecture, playgrounds, toys and games, animation, clothing, safety equipment and therapeutic products, nurseries, furniture, and books. “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000” is on view at MoMA through November 5.

Ladislav Sutnar (American, born Bohemia [now Czech Republic]. 1897–1976). Build the Town building blocks. 1940–43.
Ladislav Sutnar (American, born Bohemia [now Czech Republic]. 1897–1976). Build the Town building blocks. 1940–43.

Painted wood, thirty pieces of various dimensions, largest smokestack: 7 3/8 x 2″ (18.7 x 5.1 cm).

( The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Ctislav Sutnar and Radoslav Sutnar. )
Antonio Rubino (Italian, 1880–1964). Il bimbo cattivo (The bad child) bedroom panel. c. 1924.
Antonio Rubino (Italian, 1880–1964). Il bimbo cattivo (The bad child) bedroom panel. c. 1924.

Tempera on canvas, 6′ 1 1/4″ x 65 3/4″ x 9/16″ (186 x 167 x 1.5 cm). Wolfsoniana – Fondazione regionale per la Cultura e lo Spettacolo, Genoa

( Wolfsoniana – Fondazione regionale per la Cultura e lo Spettacolo, Genoa )
Minka Podhájská (Czechoslovak, born Moravia [now Czech Republic], 1881–1963). Series of Personifications of Childhood Misdeeds. 1930.
Minka Podhájská (Czechoslovak, born Moravia [now Czech Republic], 1881–1963). Series of Personifications of Childhood Misdeeds. 1930.

Painted wood, dimensions vary, largest: 5 1/8″(13 cm) tall.  

( Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague )
John Rideout (American, 1898 – 1951) and Harold Van Doren (American, 1895-1957). Skippy-Racer scooter. c. 1933.
John Rideout (American, 1898 – 1951) and Harold Van Doren (American, 1895-1957). Skippy-Racer scooter. c. 1933.

Steel, paint, wood, rubber, 31 3/4 x 43 3/16 x 6 1/2 in. (80.65 x 109.7 x 16.51 cm). Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  

( Gift of funds from Don and Diana Lee Lucker )
Graf Zeppelin toy dirigible. c. 1930.
Graf Zeppelin toy dirigible. c. 1930.

Iron alloy, aluminum, enamel paint, and decals, 7 ¼ x 25” (18.4 x 63.5 cm). Manufacture attributed to J.C. Penney Co., Inc., Plano, Texas. Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

( The Modernism Collection, gift of Norwest Bank Minnesota )
Ford convertible toy car with original box. c. 1956.
Ford convertible toy car with original box. c. 1956.

 Tinplate and various materials, car: 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 13 1/4″ (9.8 x 13 x 33.7 cm). Manufactured by Marusan Shoten Ltd., Tokyo (est. 1947). Subaru 360 toy car with original box. c. 1963. Tinplate, car: 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 x 7 7/8″ (8.6 x 8.6 x 20 cm). Manufactured by Bandai, Tokyo (est. 1950).

( Bruce Sterling Collection, New York )
Holdrakèta and original box. c. 1960.
Holdrakèta and original box. c. 1960.

Tin, box: 24 x 6″ (61 x 15.2 cm). Manufactured by Lemezaru Gyar, Budapest (est. 1950).

( Collection of Joan Wadleigh Curran, Philadelphia )

Various materials, 24 x 15 x 14″ (61 x 38.1 x 35.6 cm). Manufactured by Tomy (formerly Tomiyama), Katsushika, Tokyo.

( Space Age Museum/Kleeman Family Collection, Litchfield, Connecticut )
Froebel Gift No. 2: Sphere, Cylinder, and Cube. c. 1890.
Froebel Gift No. 2: Sphere, Cylinder, and Cube. c. 1890.

Wood and string, 11 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 3″ (28.6 x 26 x 7.6 cm). Manufactured by J. L. Hammett Co., Braintree, Massachusetts (est. 1863). The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

( Gift of Lawrence Benenson, 2011 )
Teaching materials commissioned by Maria Montessori. 1920s.
Teaching materials commissioned by Maria Montessori. 1920s.

Wood, dimensions vary. Manufactured by Baroni e Marangon, Gonzaga, Italy (est. 1911).

( Collection of Maurizio Marzadori , Bologna )
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