Over the summer we received donations from several world renowned NYC institutions. These included The Frick Collection, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim Museum and the MoMA. These renowned institutions also happen to be MFTA recipients!
In sync with the donor-recipient cycle, last month MoMA hosted a pop-up play space in their Education and Research Building, using materials, the bulk of which were donated by MFTA. In conjunction with their current exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000, on view from July 29–November 5, 2012, they told us the event took inspiration from the junk and adventure playgrounds of the postwar years featured in the exhibit. The exhibition, as stated in MoMA’s on-line catalogue, explores the “concerns, ambitions, and activities of children”, as reflected in “individual and collective visions for (their) material world…”
Cari Frisch, Associate Educator for Family Programs, told us about how receiving fabric, dowels, and miscellaneous objects- from record covers to plastic grass- helped fuel creativity and inspire families during their event.
The event included kids and adults working together to create, build, and explore with everyday materials. Sometimes kids and families collaborated or re-purposed the projects that others left behind.
We love to see ordinary materials turned into extraordinary creations!