Designing Motherhood Exhibition at the Gates Foundation Discovery Center

6 Feb - 30 Dec 2023
Gates Foundation Discovery Center 440 5th Ave N Seattle, WA 98109


Maternity Care Coalition, Designing Motherhood: Things That Make and Break Our Births, 2021, installation view, Center for Architecture and Design, Philadelphia, PA. Photo by Constance Mensh.

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, tours to the Gates Foundation Discovery Center.

This exhibition originated in a presentation by Maternity Care Coalition at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum and the Center for Architecture and Design and was most recently on view at MassArt Art Museum in Boston.

Organized by design historians Michelle Millar Fisher, Amber Winick, and Juliana Rowen, Designing Motherhood features three 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.

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.