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‘Serious Play’

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I can’t be the only one who got in trouble for touching art in museums as a kid. However, Denver Art Museum’s new exhibit encourages this. “Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America” explores the concept of playfulness in postwar America, where disposable income and leisure time were more frequent, as a catalyst for creativity.

Over 200 works ranging from furniture to toys to product design are displayed along with an actual playland meant to be climbed on. The exhibit is organized into three themes: American home, child’s play and corporate design.

“Serious Play” is on view through August 25.

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