Exhibition News

Hella Jongerius Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection

Monday, November 15, 2004

Dutch designer Hella Jongerius will guest curate an exhibition of samplers and related objects in the third collection rotation in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, on view March 4 through Sept. 4, 2005.

Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living

Friday, October 1, 2004

“Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living,” an exhibition chronicling the Alberses’ extraordinary designs for objects for everyday living, will be on view Oct. 1, 2004 and continue through Feb. 27, 2005, at Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Curated by Nicholas Fox Weber, executive director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, “Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living” explores the domestic creations of these pioneering artists from the early 1920s through the 1950s, as their designs developed from their days as students in Germany’s famed Bauhaus School to their arrival upon the American scene. The exhibition reveals the full extent of the Alberses’ mutual aesthetic commitment, perpetual creativity and contribution to modern living.

Design ≠ Art

Friday, September 10, 2004

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the groundbreaking exhibition “Design ≠ Art” (“Design is not Art”), an exploration of the virtually unknown design works by significant Minimalist and post-Minimalist artists. The exhibition will run from Sept. 10, 2004 through Feb. 27, 2005.

Artist's Designed Wallpapers

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Artists’ Designed Wallpapers,” an exhibition featuring wallcoverings designed by leading 20th-century artists. The exhibition of 12 wallcoverings will be on view in the museum’s Great Hall from Aug. 13 through Nov. 14, 2004.

Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: Revolutions of 1848

Friday, June 4, 2004

On June 4, 2004, Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: Revolutions of 1848,” an exhibition featuring artifacts from the United States and abroad that explores the rapid political, technological, and social changes which burst forth around the pivotal year 1848. Curated by novelist, design critic and public radio host Kurt Andersen, the exhibition encompasses objects drawn from the holdings of all four Cooper-Hewitt curatorial departments --- Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design; Product Design and Decorative Arts; Wallcoverings; and Textiles --- as well as from the Design Archives at Cooper-Hewitt, and from several collecting departments of other Smithsonian branches.

Solos: FutureShack

Monday, May 10, 2004

In the second installment of the “Solos” exhibition series, Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the architectural prototype “FutureShack” in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, May 14 through Oct. 10. Constructed from a recycled shipping container outfitted with a minimum of industrial materials, “FutureShack” suggests a possible solution to low-cost, mobile housing for returning refugees and displaced populations. Designed by Australian architect Sean Godsell, the prototype was built based on his entry to Architecture for Humanity’s competition to address the shelter needs of returning refugees and homeless persons around the world.

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

Thursday, January 15, 2004

In spring 2004, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser, the first full-scale museum retrospective of the works of a pioneer industrial designer and one of the most influential figures in design of the 19th century. Commemorating the centennial of Dresser’s death in 1904, the exhibition will feature over 300 major works from his diverse and extraordinary career and will be on view from March 5, 2004 through July 25, 2004. The retrospective will then travel to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, from September 9 to December 5, 2004.

Solos: SmartWrap

Monday, August 4, 2003

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum unveils a new series of exhibitions, titled Solos featuring international and contemporary works in the fields of architecture and design. The inaugural exhibition is Solos: SmartWrap—a 16-foot-square by 24-foot-high pavilion, designed by the Philadelphia architecture firm KieranTimberlake Associates LLP. The installation will be on view from August 5 through October 10 in the museum’s scenic Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden.

Nancy and Edwin Marks Collection Gallery: Treasures from the Collection

Monday, June 30, 2003

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is the pre-eminent museum in the United States devoted to both historic and contemporary design. For the first time since becoming a part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1976, the museum will create a gallery specifically dedicated to its remarkable collections with an interpretive approach that will bring fresh perspectives to its holdings. The Nancy and Edwin Marks Collection Gallery, scheduled to open October 16, 2003, will showcase these treasures, many of which have never been on view to the public. International in scope and possessing one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence, the museum’s rich holdings range from the Han Dynasty (200 B.C.) to the present day and total more than 250,000 objects.

National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now

Monday, April 21, 2003

The “National Design Triennial,” a series of exhibitions exploring contemporary design in the United States, was inaugurated in 2000 by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, to study and celebrate the technological innovations, artistic evolution and cultural impact of design. Following the enormous success of the first “National Design Triennial,” the museum presents the second “Triennial,” subtitled “Inside Design Now,” on view April 22, 2003 through January 25, 2004. The “Triennial” reviews new ideas and future horizons across the fields of current practice, from architecture and interiors to product design, fashion, graphic design and new media. It is the only exhibition of its kind in the nation.