MoMA for Kids

As it often does, the Museum of Modern Art is simultaneously looking forward and back in design – this time, with children. The MoMA recently announced the first large-scale survey of 20th-century design for children, “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000.” The show opens on July 29, examining the “modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking.”

MoMA also just announced the release of their art-making app, “Art Lab.” The application is designed to help kids make and understand art, to “think about artistic processes and experiment with shapes, lines, and colors-inspiring digital play.” Kids and adults can both learn about iconic designs for children at the show, or make new art of their own with the app.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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