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.

Techniques: Cutting and Tearing

On View: Tuesday, September 24, 1991 to Sunday, March 8, 1992

On view are examples of paper, fabric, ceramics, and metalwork that have been cut, ripped, or otherwise perforated. Cut-paper silhouettes, a pierced silver basket, a fabric with holes "burnt out" by an acid process, all illustrate this "subtractive" process. 

This installation highlights objects from the Museum's permanent collection, and is part of the ongoing exhibition, The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

paper, fabric, ceramics, metalwork, permanent collection, exhibitions

Initial Concepts: Don Wallance Archive

On View: Tuesday, September 17, 1991 to Sunday, February 16, 1992

Don Wallance, an industrial designer known for his stainless steel tableware, was keenly interested in how hands work and how people use utensils. His exploration of ergonomics and everyday elegance is the focus of this exhibition of selections from the Museum's recently-acquired Don Wallance archive. This archive is the most complete collection of Wallance's work, and its drawings, prototypes, molds, and finished pieces are on display.

Don Wallance, archives, Industrial Design, 20th century, tableware, utensils, ergonomics, dining, exhibitions

Image & Motif: City and Country

On View: Tuesday, July 23, 1991 to Tuesday, November 12, 1991

Techniques: Marblizing, Tie-dye/Resist

On View: Tuesday, March 26, 1991 to Monday, September 16, 1991

The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource

On View: Tuesday, March 26, 1991 to Sunday, August 30, 1992

This in-depth presentation of of close to 1,000 objects endeavors to capture the richness and variety of the Museum's permanent collection through a series of changing gallery installations. 

furniture, silver, Porcelain, Glass, jewelry, drawings, prints, textiles, wallcoverings, books, permanent collection, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349375

Mondo Materialis

On View: Tuesday, October 16, 1990 to Sunday, February 24, 1991

A creative exploration of materials. More than 125 designers and architects were invited to create three-foot-square collages using materials considered essential to each contributors' design practice.

materials, collages, Industrial Design, Architecture, Steelcase, traveling exhibitions

Eighteenth-Century Scenic and Architectural Design: Drawings by the Galli Bibiena Family

On View: Tuesday, September 25, 1990 to Sunday, December 30, 1990

The Galli Bibiena family dominated theater production in Europe from the late seventeenth to the late eighteenth century. This exhibition showcases the family's architectural and theatrical designs—notably the work of Francesco Galli Bibiena and his son, Giovanni Carlo Galli Bibiena—through drawings, engravings, books, and manuscripts.

Bibiena, theatrical design, Italy, Portugal, Europe, 17th century, 18th century, drawings, prints, books, traveling exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349709

Gold of Greece: Jewelry and Ornaments from the Benaki Museum

On View: Tuesday, September 11, 1990 to Sunday, January 13, 1991

This exhibition traces the evolution of Hellenism through Greece's gold craftsmanship. The objects on display date from the 15th century BC through the late 19th century, providing comprehensive coverage of the technical developments and aesthetic tastes of each period. 

Organized by the Benaki Museum, Athens, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Greece, gold, jewelry, ornament, traveling exhibitions

The Doghouse

On View: Friday, June 8, 1990 to Sunday, October 14, 1990

The twenty-four doghouses on view were created by architects and engineers tasked to design better accommodations for trained guide dogs. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a guide-dog training school.

dogs, doghouses, Architecture, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349337

Flora Danica and the Heritage of Danish Porcelain, 1765-1990

On View: Tuesday, April 24, 1990 to Sunday, September 2, 1990

This exhibition, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Royal Danish Flora Danica pattern, features 175 pieces—the largest collection ever assembled outside Denmark. Shaped, painted, and styled porcelain tea services, tureens, vases, and figurines are on view, each featuring a different plant native to Denmark taken from the original, richly-illustrated Flora Danica botanical atlas.

Porcelain, Danish, Denmark, tea service, flowers, botany, exhibitions

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