YOUNG @ ♥ NY: THE WOLFSONIAN TO LOAN ITEMS TO AN EXHIBITION ON CHILDREN AT MoMA
Yesterday afternoon, the Wolfsonian-FIU library hosted a visit by curator Juliet Kinchin and curatorial assistant Aidan O’Connor in the department of architecture and design at MoMA. The Museum of Modern Art curators are working on a large upcoming exhibition entitled Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000, with an anticipated opening date set for July 29, 2012. Because of The Wolfsonian’s reputation as an important repository of children’s propaganda books, they had come to our Miami Beach facility to investigate the possibility of borrowing a number of items for their exhibit.
GIFT OF FRANCIS XAVIER LUCA & CLARA HELENA PALACIO-DE LUCA
Many of the rare library books the curators expressed interest in were donated to the institution by Pamela K. Harer in 2007. A selection of her gift was exhibited in Indoctrinating Youth (a modest display here in our library foyer), and was followed up with a larger show of work, Child’s Play at Florida International University’s Green Library on the Modesto Maidique campus.
The MoMA curators were especially interested in library materials from the First and Second World Wars, as well as items documenting Italy’s interwar children’s colonies and the various youth movements (Balillas, Young Pioneers, Hitler Jugend) organized in Fascist Italy, Soviet Russia, and Nazi Germany.
U.S.S.R. POSTCARDS DONATED BY STEVEN HELLER
Some of the mid-1920s French pochoir plates of designs for modern (Art Deco) children’s rooms which were featured in an earlier Wolfsonian exhibit, Moderne: Fashioning the French Interior, also caught their attention.
PORTFOLIO PLATES LOANED BY MITCHELL WOLFSON, JR.
After pulling dozens of rare library books, postcards, and other materials for their consideration in the course of the afternoon, I realized today that I had neglected to bring a few other items out for them to look over.
And so, as a courtesy to the curators (and as a preview and teaser for my readers), I thought I’d put a few images up of some other library materials that might end up on loan to the MoMA exhibition.