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In addition to inspiring modern design - from toys and books to playgrounds and schools - children are themselves subject to design, in large part through food and nutrition. A number of works on view in MoMA's exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000 represent the complexity of this relationship through the 20th century.
The most regulated aspect of many children’s everyday relationship with food is school lunch, and this is exactly the subject of Back to School: A Taste of Finland. In this series, a collaboration between the exhibition curators, MoMA’s Cafe 2, and the Consulate General of Finland, adults are invited to participate in a meal inspired by the school lunches (koululounas) of Finland, a country consistently recognized for excelling in all aspects of public education. Finland was the first country in the world to serve free, regulated school meals to children on a large scale starting in 1948, and today, balanced meals of local and inexpensive ingredients provide both energy and educational value.
Back to School: A Taste of Finland lunches will be attended by Curator Juliet Kinchin and Curatorial Assistant Aidan O’Connor of MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, and they will feature a menu organized by Chef Petteri Luoto, one of Finland’s most celebrated chefs. Luoto has been associated with gourmet restaurants in Helsinki, Turku, and Göteborg. The menu represents a collaboration betwenn Luoto and Executive Chef Lynn Bound of Cafe 2 and Terrace 5 at MoMA. Space is limited and preregistration is required.