Exhibitions Archive

This archive includes past Cooper-Hewitt exhibitions dating back to 1975. Earlier exhibitions, including those set as early as the 1930s when the Museum was the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, are being compiled and will be added at a future date. The Museum is currently closed for renovation, scheduled to re-open in 2014.

Past exhibitions can also be explored online through exhibition catalogs and related publications in our collection of historical publications.

Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection

On View: Friday, February 15, 2008 to Sunday, August 24, 2008

As the seventh curators in this exhibition series, the Brazilian design team of Fernando and Humberto Campana mined the Museum’s collection departments and chose a diverse group of more than 30 objects, dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

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Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product

On View: Friday, November 9, 2007 to Wednesday, September 10, 2008

This exhibition will examine sample books and other sampling formats as tools for marketing or recording designs and techniques in a wide variety of media. Drawn from the Museum's collection, exhibition objects will include sample books of wallcoverings; woven and printed textiles; ribbons, lace and embroidery; sample plates; and drawings and prints showing design alternatives.

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Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer

On View: Friday, September 14, 2007 to Sunday, January 27, 2008

This retrospective of the celebrated lighting designer Ingo Maurer will offer a comprehensive overview of his nearly four decades of work.

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Piranesi as Designer

On View: Friday, September 14, 2007 to Sunday, January 20, 2008

This exhibition examines the artist's role in the reform of architecture and design from the 18th century to the present. This is the first museum exhibition to show Piranesi's full range and influence as a designer of architecture, elaborate interiors and exquisite furnishings.

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Looking Forward/Looking Back: Recent Acquisitions in 20th and 21st Century Design

On View: Tuesday, August 7, 2007 to Thursday, October 11, 2007

Looking Forward/Looking Back will display objects from the past 100 years that were acquired in order to expand the breadth of the collection and augment the Museum’s contemporary holdings. The exhibition will feature significant works by renowned 20th century designers, including Paul Frankl, René Herbst, Herbert Matter and Philippe Starck.

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Quicktake: Doshi Levien for Moroso

On View: Friday, June 22, 2007 to Sunday, July 29, 2007

This summer, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present Quicktake: Doshi Levien for Moroso, a special installation in the museum's Great Hall showcasing the designers' new "Charpoy" collection of daybeds and pillows for Moroso.

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IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection

On View: Friday, June 22, 2007 to Sunday, January 13, 2008

IDEO, a leading innovation and design firm for more than 20 years, is the fourth guest curator in the exhibition series presented in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery.

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Design for the Other 90%

On View: Friday, May 4, 2007 to Sunday, September 23, 2007

This exhibition highlights the growing trend among designers to create affordable and socially responsible objects for the vast majority of the world's population—the 90% not traditionally serviced by professional designers. 

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National Design Triennial: Design Life Now

On View: Friday, December 8, 2006 to Sunday, July 29, 2007

The third National Design Triennial brings together the experimental designs and emerging ideas of 87 designers and firms who are leaders, innovators, or emerging figures in the world of design. The exhibition features work created between 2003-2006, including animation, new media, fashion design, robotics, architecture, product design, and graphic design.

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Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces—The Eugene & Clare Thaw Gift

On View: Friday, October 13, 2006 to Sunday, June 3, 2007

In the fifth exhibition in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery, Cooper-Hewitt will present Eugene and Clare Thaw’s collection of staircase models—the largest known holding of these works outside of France—which will be accessioned into the museum’s permanent collection. Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces—The Eugene & Clare Thaw Gift, is the first museum exhibition in the United States focused on staircase models.

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