Exhibition News

Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006

Friday, December 1, 2006

The National Design Triennial is an ongoing exhibition series at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Inaugurated in 2000, the Triennial seeks out and presents the most innovative American designs from the prior three years in a variety of fields, including product design, architecture, furniture, film, graphics, new technologies, animation, science, medicine and fashion. The work of 87 designers and firms, ranging from established design leaders such as Apple, architect Santiago Calatrava and Nike, Inc., to emerging designers like Joshua Davis, Jason Miller and David Wiseman, will be featured throughout the museum campus. “Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006,” made possible by Target, will be on view from Dec. 8 through July 29, 2007.

Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces The Eugene & Clare Thaw Gift

Friday, June 30, 2006

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 exhibition will be on view from Oct. 13 through June 3, 2007.

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Frederic Church, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape,” an exhibition exploring the promotion of tourism in 19th century America through the museum’s extraordinary collections of oil paintings, drawings and watercolors by these artists. On view May 19 through Oct. 22, 2006, the exhibition presents Cooper-Hewitt’s Americana collection for the first time in more than 15 years and is the premiere showing of many of its Homer oil paintings.

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

Monday, May 1, 2006

In May 2006, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005,” a rich, contextual journey through the evolution of dining from 1500 to 2005. More than 300 objects, including historic and modern flatware from the museum’s permanent collection, will be featured in the one-floor exhibition, on view from May 5 through Oct. 29, 2006. “Feeding Desire” will offer a scholarly yet celebratory overview of the history of culinary culture, exploring the physical forms and social meanings of eating utensils and serving tools.

Solos: Matali Crasset

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

In the fourth installment of the “Solos” exhibition series, Cooper-Hewitt will present the work of French industrial designer Matali Crasset in her first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Crasset, who began her career working for Philippe Starck, is one of Europe’s most exciting and original young designers. On view in the new ground floor gallery from May 19 through Sept. 24, the exhibition runs concurrently with the “Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500 - 2005” and “Frederic Church, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape” exhibitions.

Fashion in Colors

Thursday, December 1, 2005

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the exhibition “Fashion in Colors,” from Dec. 9 through March 26, 2006. Organized by the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) Japan, the exhibition explores color as a design element through 300 years of Western fashion and examines changing perceptions of color through various ages and cultures. Cooper-Hewitt will be the first museum outside of Japan to present the exhibition.

Solos: New Design from Israel

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

In January 2006, Cooper-Hewitt will present “Solos: New Design from Israel,” the first museum exhibition of contemporary Israeli design in the United States. The exhibition, which features more than two dozen prototypes, experimental objects and production pieces conceived and created by designers who live and work in Israel, will be on view from Jan. 27 through April 23, 2006 in Cooper-Hewitt’s new ground-floor gallery. “Solos: New Design from Israel” is organized by guest curator Ezri Tarazi, head of the industrial design graduate program at Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem, and Ellen Lupton, curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt. The exhibition appropriately coincides with the 100th anniversary of Bezalel Academy, a school that has been instrumental in laying the foundations for contemporary Israeli visual culture.

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

Friday, September 30, 2005

“Excavating Design: Eighteenth-century Drawings and Prints from the Permanent Collection,” the inaugural exhibition in Cooper-Hewitt’s new 700-square-foot ground floor gallery, will be on view from Nov. 4 to Jan. 8, 2006. The exhibition will showcase a selection of works from the Museum’s extensive collection of 18th-century European drawings and prints, featuring fantastical, unrealized architectural designs inspired by the artifacts of ancient Rome. Visitors will have the opportunity to view a select group of the Museum’s holdings of works by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) and the French Academy artists who were influenced by his work, including Louis-Joseph Le Lorrain (1715-1759) and Charles Michel-Ange Challe (1718-1778).

Yinka Shonibare Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection

Friday, July 15, 2005

In fall 2005, Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare will guest-curate an exhibition at Cooper-Hewitt focusing on modes of transportation as exemplified by objects from the museum’s permanent collection. “Yinka Shonibare Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection,” on view Oct. 7 through May 7, 2006, is the fourth in a series of themed exhibitions in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery.

Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

In spring 2005, Cooper-Hewitt will present “Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance,” the first museum exhibition devoted to the subject of technical textiles—highly engineered materials designed for ultimate performance in extreme conditions. The exhibition, curated by Matilda McQuaid, Exhibitions Curator and Head of Cooper-Hewitt’s Textiles department, will present over 150 extreme textile applications from a wide range of areas, including architecture, apparel, medicine, transportation, aerospace, and the environment. On view April 8, 2005 through Oct. 30, 2005*, the exhibition will examine the broad spectrum of contemporary design through the lens of textile fibers and structures.