E.J. Gold at MoMA

E.J. Gold



Bound with hand painted cover.

E.J. Gold at MoMA

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In this scrapbook-style book, E.J. Gold recounts and shows incredible art from his very first art classes and exhibits at the Children's Art Carnival, which was a part of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in the 1940s.

E.J. GOLD AT MOMA. Art Book. Details Gold's experience as a young child participating in the Children's Art Carnival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, under the direction of Chaim Gross, where Gold had his first art exhibit at age four.

The scrapbook-style book has photos, drawings and stories from the classes. Thanks to Horace L. Gold, father of the artist and original editor of Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine in the 1950s, who lovingly preserved these amazing early works of his artist son, E.J. Gold.

To recognize the significance of this scrapbook one needs the back story.

Many renowned American artists in the first half of the 20th century found themselves in New York City where their families had landed fleeing persecution all over Europe. Just prior to WWII the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC), a group of New York--based activists, worked in league with MOMA staff, including Museum director Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and his wife, art historian Margaret Scholari Barr, helping their peers in Europe secure the papers and funds necessary to immigrate to the U.S.

Artists including André Breton, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, and Piet Mondrian were able to relocate to New York City with the aid of the Barrs and the ERC, and thus continue their work, including giving classes and demonstrations for children in the "Children's Art Carnival" Project, 1945 - 1949.

In 1942 when Victor d'Amico developed the "Children's Art Carnival," a Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) program to encourage children to explore, experience and create art, he had participation from many of the great European artists of the time now grateful to be living in New York. This scrapbook commemorates E.J. Gold's early years as an artist. He was privileged to attend dynamic creative classes at the Children's Art Carnival at MOMA where he also had four shows exhibiting his work.

The MOMA scrapbook proffers pictures of sophisticated museum installations within the children's galleries where the children could examine the work of numerous modern artists. And these influences were reflected in Gold's early drawings and collages included in this scrapbook.