CMA’s Permanent Collection of children’s artwork is on view at The Queens Museum as part of Ulrike Müller and Amy Zion: The Conference of the Animals through January 17, 2021.
Consisting of a mural by artist Ulrike Müller and an exhibition of children’s drawings by independent curator Amy Zion, the exhibition takes its title from German writer Erich Kästner’s children’s book The Animal’s Conference (1949), written in the aftermath of World War II, which tells the story of a group of animals who, frustrated by the inefficacy of human international conferences, convene to save the planet.
The Conference of the Animals (An Exhibition of Children’s Drawings) includes works by children from 1900 to today selected for their period-specific details and treatment of scale and perspective. Art by children has played a role in modernist art history, used by artists as inspiration to help make sense of a world gone awry after the world wars. It has also played a role in international diplomacy, in which drawings and letters by children have been used to lobby for aid. The works here range from the childhood output of established artists to named and anonymous works of non-professional artists of various training and ability. On view are selections from CMA’s Permanent Collection, which is comprised of over 2,000 works of children’s art from over 40 countries, dating back to the 1950s.
These projects are organized by Larissa Harris, Curator, and Sophia Marisa Lucas, Assistant Curator. Installation photos by Hai Zhang.