Juliet Kepes. Preparatory drawing for playroom mural in Kepes House, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1949
Artist-designers Juliet and György Kepes created a stimulating and whimsical playroom in their house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The room was meant to develop both the muscles and the senses of their five-year-old daughter Julie. The Kepeses claimed, “The first years are a time of concentrated learning and development. They should also be a time of wonder and delight.” The Kepes playroom was celebrated in Life magazine with a photo-essay in 1949. Original and recreated elements of this environment are displayed in the exhibition for the first time, with the help of the Kepeses’ own grandsons, Janos and Nico Stone.
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