Designing Motherhood Exhibition at the Center for Architecture and Design

10 Sep - 13 Nov 2021
Center for Architecture and Design 1218 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19107


Tot-Guard, 1973, Ford Motor Company. Photo courtesy of the Collections of The Henry Ford Museum.

Maternity Care Coalition presents the second of two Philadelphia exhibitions for Designing Motherhood: Things That Make and Break Our Births, an expansive consideration of the arc of human reproduction through the lens of design over the last century.

The exhibition features three new artist commissions, including paintings by Pew Fellow Michelle Angela Ortiz, and dozens of quotidian, elegant objects—from the yoni egg to an original Maclaren umbrella stroller—that illuminate contemporary experiences around birth and motherhood.

Organized by design historians Michelle Millar Fisher, Amber Winick, and Juliana Rowen, this exhibition runs concurrently with a related installation at the Mütter Museum.

A companion book edited by Millar Fisher and Winick, which includes written and visual essays by more than fifty contributors, is available from MIT Press on September 7, 2021.