Sign of the Times: Music and Design, 1960s–1980s

Join us for a look at how popular music and design influenced the material culture and lifestyle of the 1960s–1980s.Pat Kirkham (Bard Graduate Center), Paula Scher (Pentagram), Ben Watson (Herman Miller), and Stephen Duncombe (NYU) explore highlights of Cooper-Hewitt's collection, from graphic design to furniture and product design. Reception: 6:30-7:00 p.m. Lecture: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
music, design and music, rock and roll, 1960s, 1980s, design, product design, graphic design

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"Yay! Yay! PICNIC! PICNIC! PICNIC!" was my immediate reaction. This was before learning that the name of this piece is Picnic Flatware! 
picnic, flatware, john hejduk, david tisdale, 1980s, utensils, housewares

Contemporary Continuous Pattern

This exhibition presents patterns designed for continuous surfaces, with an aim to bring together a group of works that reflect personal points of view and begin to establish the look of the decade. On view are printed and painted fabrics, wallcoverings, woven fabrics, and preliminary design drawings reflecting a wide range of methods and materials, all created within the past three years.
textiles, fabrics, drawings, patterns, 1980s, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349999


This is the first major exhibition of Memphis furniture, ceramics, glassware, and drawings in New York City. Established in 1981 in Milan, Memphis is a design movement that defies the rules of classic, functional design. Works are on view from an international set of Memphis designers and architects, including Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun, Marco Zanini, Gerard Taylor, Martine Bedin, Michele de Lucchi, George Sowden, Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, and Peter Shire. The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is the final stop on this traveling exhibition's tour.
Memphis, drawings, furniture design, ceramics, glassware, Italy, 1980s, 20th century, traveling exhibitions

What Could Have Been: Unbuilt Architecture of the 80s

An exhibition of 30 unrealized architectural projects. The models and drawings on display include proposals for civic projects and large-scale commercial buildings that would have altered the landscapes of major cities. Alice Aycock, Steven Holl, Philip Johnson, Frank Gehry, and Antoine Predock are among the featured architects.
Architecture, architectural drawings, models, 1980s, 20th century, exhibitions

Color Light Surface: Contemporary Fabrics

An exhibition devoted to the fabrics of the 1980s. Metallics, pleating, and puckering feature among the 150 textiles on view.
textiles, textile design, textile printing, fabrics, wallcoverings, floor coverings, 1980s, exhibitions