U.S.A.- NEW YORK CITY-NEW YORK. - Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000


Ladislav Sutnar. Prototype for Build the Town Building Blocks. 1940–43. Painted wood, large block: 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4″ (4.4 x 7 x 7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Ctislav Sutnar and Radoslav Sutnar

MoMA’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, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.

In 1900, Swedish design reformer and social theorist Ellen Key’s book Century of the Child 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 Key—and looking back through the 20th century 100 years after her forecast—this exhibition will examine individual and collective visions for the material world of children, from utopian dreams for the “citizens of the future” 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.

MoMA    29.07.2012 - 05.11.2012

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U.S.A. - MONTCLAIR-NEW JERSEY Patterns, Systems, Structures: Abstraction in American Art


Russell - Study for Synchromy 1988

This exhibition, curated by MAM’s Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky, is drawn entirely from the permanent collection of the Montclair Art Museum and explores the rich variety of approaches to abstraction in American art. Since the late 19th century, painters and sculptors have not always aimed to depict persons and objects representationally. Artists moved toward abstract visual expression as they experimented with unconventional materials and techniques and developed visual languages of form, color, and line that exist independently from their subjects’ natural appearance. Some artists deliberately altered appearances by stretching or bending forms, breaking up shapes, and giving objects unlikely textures or colors. Others looked to aspects of our person-made world, such as architecture, to invest their compositions with a sense of solidity, monumentality, and structure. Artists have made these transformations in an effort to communicate universal or unseen spiritual aspects of existence and of modern life that they cannot convey through representational treatments.

Montclair Art Museum  04.12.2011 - 19.05.2013

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U.S.A. - HOUSTON-TEXAS - Unrivalled Splendor: The Kimiko and John Powers Collection of Japanese Art


Collectors Kimiko and John Powers began buying Japanese artwork in the 1960s. Over the next four decades they amassed 300 objects, building one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Japanese art outside of Japan. The MFAH presents 85 selections from their holdings in Unrivalled Splendor: The Kimiko and John Powers Collection of Japanese Art. The last exceptional collection of Japanese art in private hands, the Powers Collection is renowned for its extraordinary scale and quality, and the exhibition provides a rare chance to see these remarkable examples in the Houston region.

Unrivalled Splendor showcases some of the earliest known examples of Buddhist art in Japan; narrative scroll paintings; beautiful examples of calligraphy; screens embellished with gold and silver; sketches; sculptures; and objects of lacquer, pearl, and silver. The wide array, from courtly to popular works of art, reveals overlapping themes in Japanese art.

These diverse and important objects tell the fascinating story of Japan's artistic development and its enduring cultural heritage. Accompanying the exhibition is an illustrated catalogue, published by the MFAH and distributed by Yale University Press.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston       10.06.2012 - 23.09.2012

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U.S.A. - HELENA-MONTANA - The Poindexter Legacy: MH AB-ex

Harold Schlotzhauer, "Wits End", 2010, digital print on bamboo mat

The Poindexter Collection has influenced a generation of Montana artists who have added their own “sense of place” and mentored new generations with distinctive Montana and Poindexter roots. This legacy is exhibited in conjunction with paintings from the Montana Historical Society’s Poindexter Collection.

Featured artists: Rudy Autio
Lela Autio
Freeman Butts
Sandra dal Poggetto
Bob DeWeese
Gennie DeWeese
Josh DeWeese
George Gogas
Paul Harris
Jerry Iverson
Terry Karson
Mary Ann Kelly
Sara Mast
Ellen Ornitz
Nan Parsons
Jim Poor
Jerry Rankin Robert Royhl
Harold Schlotzhauer
Jay Schmidt
Kathy Schmidt
Bill Stockton
Phoebe Toland
Ted Waddell
Peter Voulkos

Holter Museum of Art      22.06.2012 - 28.10.2012

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