Exhibition News

Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection

Thursday, April 15, 2010

“Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection” is the 10th installment in an exhibition series devoted to showing rotations of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition celebrates the museum’s recent acquisition of an extraordinary collection of rare glass works from J. & L. Lobmeyr of Vienna, Austria, which dates from 1835 to 2008 and spans nearly the entire history of the firm. The exhibition will be on view from April 23, 2010, through Jan. 2, 2011, and will feature more than 100 Lobmeyr pieces selected by designer Ted Muehling, original drawings lent by Lobmeyr, and other related works from the museum’s collection.

Quicktake: Tata Nano—The People's Car

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Tata Nano, designed to be the world’s most affordable car, will be on view at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum from Feb. 18 through April 25, 2010. Unveiled last year in India by Tata Motors, India’s largest automobile manufacturer, the Tata Nano is targeted to families who had not previously been able to afford a car. Billed as “the people’s car,” the base model starts at $2,500 in India and can accommodate up to five adults. A bright, sunshine yellow Nano will be on display in Cooper-Hewitt’s Great Hall, along with diagrams and photos describing its concept, development and production.

Quicktake: Rodarte

Thursday, January 28, 2010

“Quicktake: Rodarte,” a fashion installation, will be on view at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum from Feb. 11, 2010, through March 14, 2010. Founded in 2005 by Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Rodarte is widely acclaimed for its daring and conceptual collections. “Quicktake: Rodarte” offers a glimpse into the Mulleavys’ unique process and inspiration at an important point in their career; recently Rodarte was awarded the 2009 Womenswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and was named a 2009 fashion design finalist for Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Awards.

Doodle 4 Google: What I Wish for the World

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the exhibition “Doodle 4 Google: What I Wish for the World” from May 21 through July 5 in the Target National Design Education Center. The exhibition features the winning designs from the 2009 Doodle 4 Google competition for K-12 students from around the country and includes educational programs for teachers and students focusing on the problem-solving nature of the design process.

Design for a Living World

Friday, May 1, 2009

This spring, The Nature Conservancy and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Design for a Living World,” a traveling exhibition featuring objects created by leading designers and made from sustainable, natural materials. The exhibition will premiere at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum on May 14 and continue through Jan. 4, 2010.

Shahzia Sikander Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

“Shahzia Sikander Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection,” the ninth installment in an exhibition series devoted to showing rotations of the museum’s holdings, will be on view from March 6, 2009, and continue through Sept. 7, 2009, at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Internationally acclaimed artist Shahzia Sikander will mine and interpret the museum’s collection and produce an installation of the selected objects. A highlight of the exhibition will be a new work created by Sikander, inspired by Cooper-Hewitt’s collection.

Fashioning Felt

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the exhibition “Fashioning Felt,” a comprehensive overview of the varied uses of felt in contemporary design, in the first-floor galleries from March 6 through Sept. 7, 2009. The exhibition will feature more than 70 felt works from a range of fields, including fashion, architecture, product design and home furnishings.

Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions, 2003–2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions, 2003-2008,” an exhibition featuring new additions to its permanent collection, from Sept. 12 to March 1, 2009. The exhibition will be on view in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery and will highlight significant works from the 18th century to the present.

House Proud: Nineteenth-century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presents “House Proud: Nineteenthcentury Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection,” an exhibition that examines the evolution of the domestic interior in 19th-century Europe. Cooper-Hewitt explores the origins of the modern home through Eugene and Clare Thaw’s generous gift to the museum of 85 19th-century interior watercolors. On view in the first-floor galleries from Aug. 12 through Jan. 25, 2009, “House Proud” features 71 watercolor drawings, alongside selected objects from the museum’s collection of wallpapers, textiles, ceramics and furniture. The exhibition is organized by Gail S. Davidson, curator and head of the Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design Department, and associate curator Floramae McCarron-Cates.

Solos: Tulou/Affordable Housing for China

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In October, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will address the growing global concern and need for affordable housing through a special installment of the “Solos” series. The exhibition will present a housing prototype currently under construction in China, the world’s most populous country. “Solos: Tulou/Affordable Housing for China,” on view from Oct. 3 through April 5, 2009, is organized by Matilda McQuaid, deputy curatorial director and head of the Textiles department.

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