Source: Finnish National Board of Education. Courtesy of Finnish National Board of Education

Back to School: A Taste of Finland

Friday, October 12, 2012, 12:00 p.m.

Cafe 2, second floor

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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 the exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000 represent the complexity of this relationship throughout the 20th century, from Paul Schuitema’s 1927–28 advertisement for Nutricia to Jukka Veistola’s 1969 competition-winning poster for UNICEF.

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 koululounas (school lunches) of Finland, a country consistently recognized for excelling in all aspects of public education. According to its National Board of Education, Finland was the first country in the world to serve free, regulated school meals to children on a large scale, starting in 1948. 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, with a menu organized by Petteri Luoto, one of Finland’s most celebrated chefs. Luoto has been associated with gourmet restaurants in Helsinki, Turku, and Göteborg, and represented Finland at the Shanghai EXPO 2010. He is currently creating a food concept for the upcoming Finnish Radical Design Week in Shanghai. Luoto will collaborate with chef Lynn Bound of Cafe 2 and Terrace 5 at MoMA.

In conjunction with the exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000

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