Exhibition News

Gallery Wall Stories: Children's Wallpaper and Books

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In October, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Wall Stories: Children’s Wallpaper and Books,” an exhibition that examines the relationship between wallpapers and children’s books through works from the permanent collection and the National Design Library. On view in the second floor galleries from Oct. 3 through April 5, 2009, the exhibition will feature more than 30 wallcoverings and nearly 30 related children’s books. “Wall Stories” is organized by Gregory Herringshaw, assistant curator in charge of wallcoverings, and Stephen Van Dyk, director of the National Design Library.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Corning Museum of Glass brings its innovative program, GlassLab, to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, pairing master glassmakers from The Corning Museum of Glass with some of the most creative minds working in design today. Corning Museum GlassLab invites leading contemporary designers to work in a unique mobile hot glass studio, where they can explore new design concepts and push the boundaries of innovation and creativity.

Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730–2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

In March 2008, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730 – 2008,” a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the Rococo style and its continuing revivals up to the present day in multiple fields, including furniture, decorative arts, prints, drawings and textiles. On view in the first- and second-floor galleries from March 7 through July 6, 2008, the exhibition charts the progress of the Rococo style as it radiates from Paris, travels to the French provinces, migrates to other European countries and later crosses the Atlantic to the United States. The exhibition examines the forms of this free-spirited 18th-century style, tracks reappearances in Art Nouveau and continues its exploration through the 20th and 21st centuries.

Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection

Thursday, November 1, 2007

In winter 2008, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the exhibition “Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection.” As guest curators in the “Selects” exhibition series devoted to rotations of works from Cooper-Hewitt’s permanent collection, the Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana mine the museum’s collection for works that blend unexpected media, layer varied forms and weave intricate patterns and lines. The exploration of interwoven materials and ideas is the binding thread of the Campanas’ work, and the exhibition will include a new piece designed by the brothers specifically for the museum’s permanent collection. “Campana Brothers Select” will be on view from Feb. 15 through Sept. 28, 2008 in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery.

Piranesi as Designer

Monday, September 10, 2007

In fall 2007, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Piranesi as Designer,” the first museum exhibition to show Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s full range and influence as a designer of architecture, interiors and furnishings. Through more than 100 etchings, original drawings and decorative arts objects, the exhibition will examine Piranesi’s concept of modern design and demonstrate his ongoing influence on architects and designers today, with featured work by Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, Robert A.M. Stern, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Organized by professor Sarah E.  Lawrence, director of Cooper-Hewitt’s Master’s Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, and John Wilton-Ely, professor emeritus at the University of Hull in England, the exhibition will be on view in the first-floor galleries of the museum from Sept. 14 through Jan. 20, 2008. “Piranesi as Designer” is mounted in association with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands.

Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

“Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer,” a retrospective of German lighting designer Ingo Maurer’s four decades of work, opens Sept. 14 at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and runs through Jan. 27, 2008. The exhibition features numerous site-specific lighting installations conceived and designed by Maurer and his team for the unique spaces in the landmark Andrew Carnegie Mansion that is home to Cooper-Hewitt, as well as prototypes, commissioned one-off pieces, and photographs and films documenting Maurer’s illumination projects  around the world.

Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product

Monday, May 21, 2007

In fall 2007, Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product,” a collection-based exhibition of sample books and other formats that contain examples of a technique or product. The exhibition will examine the historical and contemporary use of sampling formats as salesmen’s tools, marketing devices and archival records of designs and techniques, as well as objects and documents that demonstrate the connection between the sample and its final use. On view in the ground floor gallery from Nov. 9, 2007 through April 6, 2008, the exhibition is organized by Lucy Commoner, head of conservation, with Matilda McQuaid, deputy curatorial director and head of the textiles department, and Kimberly Randall. Research assistance provided by Phyllis Dillon.

Looking Forward/Looking Back: Recent Acquisitions in 20th- and 21st-Century Design

Friday, May 18, 2007

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Looking Forward/Looking Back: Recent Acquisitions in 20th- and 21st-Century Design,” an exhibition showcasing additions to the permanent collection from Aug. 17 through Oct. 14. The exhibition will be on view in Cooper-Hewitt’s ground-floor gallery and will feature significant works by renowned 20th-century designers, including Paul Frankl, René Herbst, Herbert Matter and Philippe Starck. The works will be arranged in rough chronological order, enabling visitors to observe shifts in design ethos across a range of mediums, from furniture to textiles to graphic design. “Looking Forward/Looking Back” is organized by the museum’s curatorial team of Susan Brown and Nurit Einik.

Design for the Other 90%

Friday, March 30, 2007

In May 2007, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Design for the Other 90%,” an exhibition in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden that highlights the growing trend among designers to develop solutions that address basic needs for the vast majority of the world’s population not traditionally serviced by professional designers. On view May 4 through Sept. 23, 2007, the exhibition features more than 30 works that demonstrate how design can be a dynamic force in transforming and, in many cases, actually saving lives.

IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

In spring 2007, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection,” an exhibition organized by a team from the internationally acclaimed innovation and design firm IDEO. As the fourth guest curator in the exhibition series, IDEO mined the permanent collection and will organize works around the theme of “design thinking”—a timeless, inherently human approach to problem solving focused on improving what already exists and creating what does not exist. “IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection,” will be on view June 22, 2007, through Jan. 20, 2008, in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery.