19th century

Crystal Palaces: The Buildings of the First World’s Fairs


The exhibition displays a remarkable collection of photographs, prints, stereo views, and souvenir ephemera of the Crystal Palaces from the 1851 World's Fair in London and the 1853 World's Fair in New York. London’s Crystal Palace housed the “Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations;” New York's Crystal Palace, built in Bryant Park behind the New York Public Library, was destroyed by a fire just five years after its construction.
world's fairs, Architecture, prints, ephemera, London, New York City, 19th century, exhibitions

The Art that is Life: The Arts & Crafts Movement in America, 1875-1920


This exhibition explores the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement on American life at the turn-of-the-century. The movement's philosophy is represented through the craftsmanship of stained glass, silver, textiles, ceramics, furniture, architectural drawings, costumes, jewelry, embroidery, and illustrated books. Works of John LaFarge, Gustav Stickley, Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Arthur and Lucia Mathews, and Frank Lloyd Wright are on view.
Arts and Crafts, 19th century, 20th century, craftsmanship, stained glass, silver, textiles, ceramics, furniture, architectural drawings, costumes, jewelry, embroidery, books, John LaFarge, Gustav Stickley, Charles Sumner Greene, Henry Mather Greene, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Arthur and Lucia Mathews, Frank Lloyd Wright, traveling exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350143

Toward Modern Design: Revival & Reform in Applied Arts 1850-1920


More than 50 examples of furniture, ceramics, glass, silver, jewelry, brass, and graphics produced between 1850 and 1920 are on display from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent collection. Works by William de Morgan, Émile Gallé, and Tiffany are on view, as well as a glass flask by James Powell & Sons, a painted glass vase by Richard Redgrave, a restored cabinet by Carlo Bugatti and furniture by Hector Guimard.
furniture, ceramics, Glass, silver, jewelry, graphics, 19th century, 20th century, permanent collection, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349663

A Royal Gift: The 1826 Porcelain Jewel Cabinet


This cabinet was a royal gift of state given by Charles X of France to Francis I, King of the Two Sicilies in 1830. Six feet high, made of mahogany and fitted with painted plaques, the cabinet was created under the supervision of Alexandre Brongniart, director of the Royal Porcelain Factory of Sèvres. Original sketches and drawings are on display which show the process of the cabinet’s design, as well as wallpapers and textiles that might have been used to decorate the room in which the cabinet was kept. 
furniture, 19th century, France, cabinet, permanent collection, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350055

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser


This exhibition, the first full-scale museum retrospective of Dresser’s work, introduced his work to American audiences.
Shock of the Old, Christopher Dresser, exhibitions, Industrial Design, 19th century, industrial production, retrospective, ch:exhibition=35350293

Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: Revolutions of 1848


As the first guest curator of an installation in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery, renowned writer, critic, and radio show host, Kurt Andersen, assembled a diverse array of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection to illustrate the rapid political, technological, and social changes which burst forth around the pivotal year of 1848. 
Revolutions of 1848, exhibitions, nancy and edwin marks gallery, Kurt Andersen, permanent collection, 19th century, ch:exhibition=35350831

Fashion in Colors


Fashion in Colors explores color as a design element through 300 years of Western fashion, and examines the changing perceptions and meanings of color through various eras. More than 60 costumes are on display, ranging from 18th century court gowns and 19th-century bustled dresses to 20th century couture creations by masters such as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli, Emilio Puce, Christobal Balenciaga, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, and Viktor & Rolf.
Fashion in Color, exhibitions, fashion design, costumes, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, clothing, color perception

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


Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape explores the promotion of scenic tourism in 19th century America through Cooper-Hewitt’s extraordinary collections of oil paintings, drawings, and watercolors by these artists. The exhibition presents the Museum’s American landscape collection at Cooper-Hewitt for the first time in more than 15 years, and is the premiere showing of many of its Homer oil paintings.
Tourism and the American Landscape, Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, oil paintings, paintings, drawings, watercolors, exhibitions, 19th century, ch:exhibition=35350755

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


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.
Made to Scale, Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces, staircases, models, exhibitions, Eugene and Clare Thaw, nancy and edwin marks gallery, 19th century, France, National Design Library, technical drawings, architectural drawings, ch:exhibition=35350895

House Proud: 19th century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection


This exhibition showcases Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw’s collection of 19th-century watercolor drawings, which meticulously detail the era’s interior furnishings and document the social, cultural, and aesthetic development of European domestic life. The collection includes examples of English, German, Russian, French, Italian, and Austrian domestic spaces. 
19th century, watercolors, interiors, ch:exhibition=35350943

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