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.
The majority of the models are from the 19th century, and exquisitely capture the artists' demanding knowledge of cantilevering, balance, forms of rotation, styles of balusters, and architectural detailing. More than two dozen staircase models, a selection of technical elevation drawings and related illustrated instructional manuals from the National Design Library at Cooper-Hewitt will be on view.
Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces
The Eugene & Clare Thaw Gift is made possible in part by the Getty Foundation.