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.

Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape

On View: Friday, May 19, 2006 to Sunday, October 22, 2006

Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape explores the promotion of scenic tourism in 19th century America through Cooper-Hewitt’s extraordinary collections of oil paintings, drawings, and watercolors by these artists. The exhibition presents the Museum’s American landscape collection at Cooper-Hewitt for the first time in more than 15 years, and is the premiere showing of many of its Homer oil paintings.

Tourism and the American Landscape, Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, oil paintings, paintings, drawings, watercolors, exhibitions, 19th century, ch:exhibition=35350755

Solos: Matali Crasset

On View: Friday, May 19, 2006 to Sunday, September 24, 2006

In the fourth installment of the Solos exhibition series, Cooper-Hewitt presents an interactive light and sound installation by the celebrated French industrial designer, Matali Crasset. Crasset’s work explores residential and urban rituals and the domestication of technology, comprising industrial design products, graphics, theater sets, wallpaper, and furniture.

Solos, Matali Crasset, exhibitions, Installations, interactive, light installation, sound installation, Industrial Design, graphic design, theater, wallpaper, furniture, rituals, technology

Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500–2005

On View: Friday, May 5, 2006 to Sunday, October 29, 2006

A journey through the evolution of Western dining from the Renaissance to the present, Feeding Desire features objects from Cooper-Hewitt's world-class collections. The exhibition will address the development of utensil forms, innovations in production and materials, etiquette, and flatware as social commentary.

Feeding Desire, Tools of the Table, exhibitions, utensils, etiquette, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35350871

Solos: New Design from Israel

On View: Friday, January 27, 2006 to Sunday, April 16, 2006

Solos: New Design from Israel is the third installment in Cooper-Hewitt’s Solos series and the first museum exhibition of contemporary Israeli design in the United States. 

Solos, New Design from Israel, exhibitions, Israel, product design, furniture design, decorative arts, prototypes

Excavating Design: 18th century Drawings and Prints from the Permanent Collection

On View: Friday, November 4, 2005 to Sunday, January 8, 2006

The inaugural exhibition in Cooper-Hewitt’s new Ground Floor Gallery, Excavating Design showcases the Museum’s collection of works by 18th century artists such as Piranesi and Le Lorrain that express a fascination with the design vocabulary of ancient Rome. Also on view is a selection of period objects from the souvenir trade that was built around the ritual of the Grand Tour.

Excavating Design, exhibitions, permanent collection, 18th century, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Le Lorrain, Rome, grand tour, ch:exhibition=35350873

Yinka Shonibare Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection

On View: Friday, October 7, 2005 to Sunday, September 24, 2006

In the third guest-curated exhibition in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery, renowned British/Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE has mined Cooper-Hewitt’s permanent collections to create an installation that addresses themes of transportation, imperialism, tourism, and cultural exchange.

Yinka Shonibare, exhibitions, nancy and edwin marks gallery, permanent collection, Installations, tourism, imperialism, transportation, cultural exchange, ch:exhibition=35350867

Fashion in Colors

On View: Monday, October 3, 2005 to Sunday, March 26, 2006

Fashion in Colors explores color as a design element through 300 years of Western fashion, and examines the changing perceptions and meanings of color through various eras. More than 60 costumes are on display, ranging from 18th century court gowns and 19th-century bustled dresses to 20th century couture creations by masters such as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli, Emilio Puce, Christobal Balenciaga, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, and Viktor & Rolf.

Fashion in Color, exhibitions, fashion design, costumes, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, clothing, color perception

Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance

On View: Friday, April 8, 2005 to Sunday, October 30, 2005

Extreme Textiles is the first major museum exhibition to explore the extraordinary innovations occurring in technical textiles. Featuring over 150 fully realized products or projects, the exhibition shows how these incredible new materials are revolutionizing the fields of architecture, apparel, medicine, transportation, aerospace, and the environment. These diverse new textiles share common qualities: they are stronger, lighter, faster, smarter, and safer than their predecessors.

Extreme Textiles, exhibitions, textiles, materials, Architecture, ch:exhibition=35350777

Hella Jongerius Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection

On View: Friday, March 4, 2005 to Sunday, September 4, 2005

As the second guest curator of an installation in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery, leading Dutch designer Hella Jongerius focused on the Museum’s unparalleled collection of samplers—embroidered notes made by needlewomen used as means of recording and transmitting designs, knowledge, and skills.

selects, Hella Jongerius, exhibitions, permanent collection, nancy and edwin marks gallery, samplers, embroidery, ch:exhibition=35350861

Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living

On View: Friday, October 1, 2004 to Sunday, February 27, 2005

Josef Albers, one of the most pioneering artists of his era, and his wife, Anni, considered by many to be the foremost textile artist of the 20th century, shared an aesthetic vision and philosophy that helped to transform the look of the modern domestic interior.

Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living, Josef Albers, Anni Albers, exhibitions, textile design, interior design, ch:exhibition=35350323