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.

The Cooper-Hewitt Collection: Silver

On View: Tuesday, October 28, 1980 to Sunday, January 18, 1981

This exhibition showcases the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s permanent historic silver collection. Featured in the exhibition are a seventeenth-century Augsburg German charger, a mid-eighteenth-century French candelabra, and three centuries of English silver—including a tea urn by Thomas Heming, the royal goldsmith to King George III.

silver, silverwork, metal, decorative arts, artisans, permanent collection, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350781

Central Park: Original Drawings

On View: Tuesday, October 28, 1980 to Sunday, January 18, 1981

On view are original plans for Central Park by Frederick Law Olmstead, Calvert Vaux, and their associates dating from the 1850s through the 1880s. The exhibition includes full-scale working drawings as well as watercolors of the stone carvings, terrace and buildings.

New York City, Central Park, landscape architecture, drawings, watercolor, exhibitions


On View: Tuesday, September 2, 1980 to Sunday, November 2, 1980

This exhibition traces the development of copy machine art created by artists and designers. Over 250 works are on display, including prints, limited edition books, graphics, textiles, animation, and three-dimensional objects. A particular highlight is the Xerox 6500 color copier staffed by trained operators and artists who are available to provide demonstrations.

prints, books, graphic design, textiles, animation, copy, technology, exhibitions

Silver Mustard Pots from the Colman Collection

On View: Tuesday, August 26, 1980 to Sunday, October 19, 1980

These silver mustard pots, with gilded interior or glass liners, are on loan from the collection of Colman Foods in Norwich, England. The pots date from the 18th century and reflect an evolution of design styles, forms, and production processes.

dining, decorative objects, silver, food, traveling exhibitions

Beach, Boardwalk, Boulevard

On View: Tuesday, August 26, 1980 to Sunday, October 19, 1980

A study of the past, present, and future of Atlantic City as projected in the architecture, design, and artifacts of this famed seaside resort town.

Architecture, resort, tourism, traveling exhibitions

Wallpaper from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection

On View: Tuesday, August 12, 1980 to Sunday, October 26, 1980

This exhibition of wallpaper designs from the permanent collection traces the development of production skills from the early seventeenth century to the present. The techniques used to print the wallpapers are carefully explained in this showing.

wallpaper, wall coverings, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35350181

Resorts of the Catskills

On View: Tuesday, June 10, 1980 to Sunday, August 17, 1980

An exhibition of the architectural and social history of this New York mountain resort. Photographs, maps, Hudson River School paintings, and historical documents contribute to the depiction of this popular vacation spot from pre-Civil War days to the present time.

New York, resort, photographs, MAPS, paintings, books, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350457


On View: Tuesday, June 10, 1980 to Sunday, August 17, 1980

An examination of hairstyles and hair decoration throughout history. Among the 350 objects on display are sculpture, paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, wigs, combs, hair ornaments, and jewelry made of hair.

hair, wigs, ornament, jewelry, exhibitions

Close Observation: The Oil Sketches of Frederic E. Church

On View: Tuesday, April 29, 1980 to Sunday, July 27, 1980

A selection of 112 works from more than 500 oil sketches in the Museum's collection. The development of Church's mastery of the medium and as well as the maturation of his individual style can be seen in these sketches, some of which are preparations for larger works while others are finished works in themselves.

Frederic Edwin Church, Hudson River School, American, oil paintings, sketches, traveling exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349617

Spectacular Spaces: Drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection

On View: Tuesday, April 8, 1980 to Sunday, June 1, 1980

Originally shown as part of a larger show in Cologne, Germany, this exhibition features a selection of Cooper-Hewitt architectural drawings from the 16th to the 20th century. Shown in the Design Gallery, these rare drawings of interiors, exteriors, fountains, gardens, and stage designs balance art and architecture.

Architecture, architectural drawings, traveling exhibitions