The SVA Gallery is the site of a new exhibition from 3D Design Chair Kevin O’Callaghan, “Serious Fun: Real Issues at Play.” The show features work by first-year MFA Design Department students, whose toy designs explore the fine line between play and social and political commentary. The students were tasked with making a statement about social issues in the language of children’s toys, producing a hypothetical toy store.
Each of the 19 students has created a personal exhibition space displaying a line of toys. Focusing on hot-button issues such as global warming, terrorism, separation of church and state, gender roles, public schools and body image, their results take the form of stuffed animals, bikes, board games, dolls, rocking horses, temporary tattoos and other unorthodox creations. “Serious Fun” is on view at the SVA Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, through Friday, May 25; there will be an opening reception on Tuesday, May 15, 6 – 8pm.
Image: Factory Farm Animals; photo by Dan Halm.