While in NYC on our Babymoon last month, we spent a morning at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). I love all art museums, but none more than this one! I visited MoMA for the first time on a trip to NYC in college, right after taking a series of art history classes. Wanting to be able to revisit the art time and again, I brought home a book of highlights of the MoMA collection.
That started an ever growing collection of books from my favorite of the art museums I visit, as well as other modern art coffee table books. Those books had, fittingly, been residing on the shelf of our living room coffee table.
As soon as Beckett became mobile, it only took about a minute for him to discover this stash of colorful books right at his eye-level. Of course, he’s too young to be trusted to look at these books alone, but I loved seeing his interest in them, and I wanted to encourage him to look at the paintings and gain an appreciation for art and color. I mean, doesn’t every parent hope that their kids will grow up to like some of the same things that bring them joy? So while I knew it was time to put my art museum coffee table books out of reach for at least a few years, I decided to replace them with baby-friendly art books.