Guest Curator John Darcy Noble was former Curator of Dolls and Toys at the Museum of the City of New York.
FIRST COLLECTIONS was a major exhibition of broad and universal appeal. Dolls and folk toys in many media — wood, metal, fiber, paper — dramatically illustrate the rich variety, quality and beauty of these cherished objects. The exhibition was drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection and supplemented by loans from other museums and private collections.
The exhibition was sponsored by The Gerald and Inez Grant Parker Foundation.
The Mingei International documentary publication, FIRST COLLECTIONS: Dolls and Toys of the World, includes an introduction by John Darcy Noble and commentaries by Bradley Smith, Ajit Mookerjee, and Tsune Sesoko.