Loading Events
February 4, 2012
5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Watermill Center
The Watermill Center hosts, in conjunction with the Peconic Teacher Center, a lecture by Norman Brosterman, noted author of the award-winning book, Inventing Kindergarten on Saturday, February 4 at 5:00 pm. With images drawn from his extensive collection of antique kindergarten material, including a great deal of design work made by 19th century women teachers, Norman Brosterman will speak on kindergarten’s remarkable history and how it gave women a far greater role in the educational establishment. He will also discuss how the use of Froebel blocks – geometric toys designed in Germany in the 1830’s by Friedrich Froebel, the inventor of Kindergarten – influenced the development of abstract art and modern architecture by introducing the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and Georges Braque to the viability of geometric abstraction.

About Norman Brosterman

Architect, sculptor, and collector Norman Brosterman first became interested in the history of kindergarten while assembling the world’s finest collection of antique building block and construction toys. In 1989, Brosterman’s collection was acquired by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Discovering that the famed “Froebel Blocks”, which are well-known to all students of Frank Lloyd Wright, were merely part of a much larger system of elegant, nature-based, design toys, Brosterman embarked on years of research into the history of this lost world, culminating in the publication in 1997 of his award-winning book, Inventing Kindergarten. He is also the author of Out of Time: Designs for the Twentieth-Century Future (2000) and was a contributor to the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition catalog Drawing the Future: Design Drawings for the 1939 New York World’s Fair (1996).
A portion of Norman Brosterman’s collection of historical kindergarten material will be included in the exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000, which is organized by New York’s Museum of Modern Art Architecture & Design Department and will run July 26 – November 6, 2012.

Please note that reservations are only through The Watermill Center; Peconic Teacher Center is not taking reservations for this event.

We would love to hear from you! Please complete the form and let us know how we can assist you. The information you provide is confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.


Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)


Street Address



Zip Code


Your Message

The Watermill Center is committed to providing accessible programs and services for all patrons and artists with disabilities. Our main building/facility is wheelchair accessible by a ramp from the parking lot on the north side of the building, and we provide dispersed wheelchair seating for open rehearsals and other public events. We provide ASL interpretation, large-print materials, and scalable PDFs of written materials upon request. For further information about any accessibility issues or needs, please contact us at +1 212 253 7484 or email us at info@watermillcenter.org

By visiting The Watermill Center or any of it’s associated events, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on web sites, or any other purpose by The Watermill Center, its affiliates and representatives. You release The Watermill Center its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or or sound recordings. By entering the premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such exhibiting, broadcasting, webcasting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by The Watermill Center or the person or entity designated to do so by The Watermill Center. You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the premise.

download our pdf guide

download our pdf guide

The Watermill Center
39 Watermill Towd Road
Water Mill, NY 11976 United States