07/24/2012 04:55 pm ET

'Unaccompanied Minors' Exhibit At MOMA Showcases Images Of Youth In Cinema (PHOTOS)

Long before Peter Pan and the lost boys of Neverland became a cultural touchstone, young people venturing out into the world on their own, for the first time, has been a subject of cinematic fascination.

A new exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art, "Unaccompanied Minors: Views of Youth in Cinema from the Collections," features prematurely emancipated youth as a subject in classic motion pictures from the U.S., Great Britain, France and beyond. The works in the exhibition track the trope of the unaccompanied minor in film from Shirley Temple in 1935's "Curly Top" to Kirsten Dunst in Sophia Coppola's indie drama "The Virgin Suicides."

Check out eight images from the exhibition in the slideshow below, and head to MOMA from now until August 14 to see the full collection.