“What are those?” a recent museumgoer wailed, pounding small fists against a display case.
“Stop that!” the boy’s mother answered. “They’re blocks, O.K.?”
“But what’s inside the blocks?” the boy yelled. “What’s inside the blocks?”
Emma Allen on the exhibition baffling younger visitors at the MoMA: “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000”: http://nyr.kr/TjCYNG
Photograph: Detail from Stahlromöbel, a loose-leaf sales catalogue for furniture offered by the Thonet Company, showing Marcel Breuer’s B341/2 chair and B53 table, 1930-31. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art/Department of Architecture and Design Study Center.