The Museum of Modern Art in New York, or MoMA, has maintained a world-class museum publishing program since it was founded in 1929. Charles Kim, MoMA’s Associate Publisher, established MoMA’s award-winning line of children’s books in 2013. It is the only line of children’s books published by an art museum in the United States. Charles previously served as Editor in Chief and Director of Publications at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.
MoMA’s children’s books serve to extend MoMA’s intellectual and educational missions to families and children. Several of them, such as Matisse’s Garden, What Degas Saw, and Sonia Delaunay: A World of Color, are written by MoMA curators, and every single book is a true collaboration among the Museum’s Curatorial, Education, and Publications departments. The books also reflect MoMA’s commitment to diversity and to being a welcoming and engaging museum for everyone.
Charles is a pioneer – MoMA was the first museum to create a children’s division for books. It was set up once he had his daughter and saw there were no art or museum books for her. In fact, one of the books is directly inspired by her and have her and children in general to aspire to creative pursuits. You can find MoMA’s latest release here:
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