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.

Architectural Drawings from 19th-Century Berlin

On View: Monday, April 11, 1977 to Saturday, April 30, 1977

The Royal Pavilion at Brighton

On View: Thursday, March 3, 1977 to Monday, May 23, 1977

This exhibition honors the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with a celebration of the architecture and design of the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, originally commissioned by George IV in the 18th century and completed in the 19th century. The furnishings and designs on display include items  from the Cooper-Hewitt's permanent collection, the Royal Pavilion's collection, and nine items especially chosen by the Queen. Works by architect John Nash, and designers Frederick Crace and Augustus Charles Pugin, are featured.

england, Architecture, furnishings, George IV, traveling exhibitions

MANtransFORMS: an international exhibition on Aspects of Design

On View: Thursday, October 7, 1976 to Monday, February 7, 1977

The opening exhibition of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design. Conceived by the Vienna-based architect and designer, Hans Hollein, this exhibition examines the meaning, realities, problems, and possibilities of design in everyday life. Objects of daily use, such as a piece of cloth or a hammer, take on new dimensions and depths of meaning as they evolve and adapt in the context of different places, people, and times. An international group of leading architects and designers collaborated on the show, including Nader Ardalan, Peter M.

permanent collection, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350167

Immovable Objects: Manhattan from Battery Park to the Brooklyn Bridge

On View: Friday, June 13, 1975 to Friday, August 8, 1975

The first in a series of experiments to understand some of the complex forces that shape cities. This exhibition puts the neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, a showcase of urban design, on display. The Exhibition Loop, a path that winds through streets and building lobbies, is laid out to help focus attention on a representative cross-section of objects, from skyscrapers to lamp posts. 

New York City, Architecture, ornament, urban planning, exhibitions