The world is a dumpster fire, but sometimes, there are bright spots that can offer much-needed relief.
For instance: everyone’s favorite bedtime story, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, is now the inspiration behind an immersive group exhibition in New York City. Goodnight House, presented by Fort Makers, showcases furniture and other household objects found in the bunny’s bedroom.
According to the New York-based collective, Goodnight House “explores how the book has been woven into a collective, American cultural understanding of comfort, sleep, compassion, and imagination.”
Nana Spears, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Fort Makers, said, “We asked each artist to further rekindle their childlike understanding of the world around them, and create objects uninhibited by the horrors of adulthood… What better remedy than comfort and play?”
The artists that participated in the exhibition include textile artist Liz Collins, ceramic artist Samuel Harvey, designers Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, Nick DeMarco, Janie Korn, and Keith Simpson.
Goodnight House will be available for public viewing from March 18th through May 27, 2021.
Originally published in 1947, Goodnight Moon drew the ire of New York Public librarian Anne Carroll Moore, whose vocal criticisms stopped the library from buying the book. In 1972, the book was finally added to the NYPL’s circulation. According to Slate, Goodnight Moon has been checked out “100,000 times from New York City libraries.”