Formative Matters: Simple Childhood Pleasures

  • Jul 21, 2012 – Oct 21, 2012
  • Gallery 6
Tom Otterness, "Baby", 1982, cast Polyadam with black paint, 17 x 16 x 16
in. Museum purchase with funds from the Benefactors Fund, 1983.

Did you know?

Remember when recess was the highlight of the day? Just hearing the names of certain playground games brings back vivid childhood memories.  Do you remember hopscotch, red rover red rover, hide and seek, red light/green light, Mother may I, and Duck Duck Goose, to name just a few?   

This exhibition revisits some of the activities that bring the most pleasure to children. The works feature children enjoying the world of make-believe, games and toys, outdoor play, and crafts. While some images depict such blithe activities as singing, playing with dolls, and attending special events with family and friends, a few “quirky” objects prevent the exhibit from being too saccharine.  So, come take a look, and remember what it’s like to be a carefree kid again.

The exhibition is organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator of Collections.

This exhibition is a partner program included in the 2012 17Days Festival from the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro.  For a list of other cultural programs during the festival, visit the official 17Days website.

We have six galleries located on the first and second levels of the museum, view our gallery map.