FROM THE HAND TO THE BRAIN:
THE LIFE AND WORK OF MARIA MONTESSORI
JANUARY 24, 1999,
FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION
Italian educator-physician Maria Montessori (1870-1952) popularized the value of stimulating the tactile senses of children by using an environment rich with manipulative materials. Scholars suggest that her methods influenced the Italian Futurists, particularly regarding their interest in tactilism. Artist Benedetta Cappa Marinetti, featured in the exhibition La Futurista, was also a teacher, and may have been familiar with Montessori's pioneering work. Teacher-poet Daniel Bachhuber discusses Montessori's methods and philosophy, illustrating the great influence her work has had on art, education, and child development from the early 20th century to the present.