As Kids Stream In, Galleries Look To Child-Proofing

“Up until a few years ago, the presence of children in art galleries and performance spaces wouldn’t have been an issue — because there weren’t any. They weren’t prohibited per se, but they were simply seldom seen. The message was that art was for adults. But today’s parents bring their children everywhere, and as more art lovers, collectors and artists themselves have kids, it has become perfectly normal to see little ones at openings.” The influx of kids has gallery officials in a quandary – they’re torn between delight that small fry are being exposed to culture, and abject terror that they’ll break, smear, or deface something.