20th century

Cooper-Hewitt: The Interiors of Charles Rohlfs - Joseph Cunningham

Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) ranks as among the most innovative furniture makers from the period around 1900. Praised by the international press and exhibited in the United States and Europe, his exquisite designs reflect a unique mix of styles, including the Aesthetic Movement, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and proto-modernism. Despite the fame of his work and his prominence in nearly all American museum collections of decorative arts, Rohlfs’s interiors and commissions have never before been explored.
Charles Rohlfs, furniture maker, Joseph Cunningham, interiors, interior design, 20th century, The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs, survey, talk, long, public program

Drawing Toward a More Modern Architecture

This exhibition is devoted to architectural draftsmanship and the importance of drawings in the design process—from napkin sketches and exploratory studies to presentation drawings. Among the architects whose works shown are Robert Kliment, Frances Halsband, Alan Chimacoff, Barbara Littenberg, Steven Peterson, Janet Needham McCaffrey, and Robin McCaffrey. Organized by Richard B. Oliver, Curator of Architecture and Design.
Architecture, architectural drawings, 20th century, exhibitions

Museum of Drawers

Berne-based artist, Herbert Distel, curated a museum of modern art in the drawers of haberdasher's cabinet. Originally used for storing reels of sewing silk, the chest of drawers now holds artwork that Distel solicited from 500 artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein, Joseph Beuys, Roy Lichtenstein, John Baldessari, Andy Warhol, John Cage, Oscar Koloschka, Eduardo Chillida, Sigmar Polke, Donald Judd, Alighiero Boetti, Sol Lewitt, David Hockney, Nam June Paik, Chuck Close, Hans Hollein, Alex Katz, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Josef Albers, Bruno Munari, Jasper Johns, Carl Andre, Cy Twombly, Hannah Höch, Robert Motherwell, Dieter Roth, Jim Dine, Pablo Picasso, Herbert Bayer, and Joan Miró. 
20th century, art, miniatures, traveling exhibitions

Looking at Los Angeles

An exhibition of the city's design stories, from the Art Deco movement that flourished after World War I to the construction of the Los Angeles Freeway and the painted murals that decorate Mexican-American "barrios."
Los Angeles, 20th century, photographs, exhibitions

Indelible Images: Contemporary Advertising Design

This exhibition features a selection of contemporary magazine advertisements, posters, and television commercials.
advertisement, advertising, graphic design, 20th century, posters, exhibitions

Ephemeral Images: Recent American Posters

This exhibition surveys posters created between 1971 and 1981 by America's foremost graphic designers.
graphic design, posters, American, 20th century, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350269

Basketry: Tradition in New Form

The exhibition of works by 10 contemporary American artists who transform ancient basket-making techniques into new forms. Both traditional and modern materials are used to craft these pieces, including reed, raffia, bamboo, grasses, willow shoots, clay, metal, and plastic cable.
handicrafts, artisans, baskets, 20th century, traveling exhibitions

The Jacquard Loom: Recent Experiments

On display are original Jacquard fabrics woven by 17 contemporary textile artists at the Rhode Island School of Design—the only school in the United States to own a jacquard loom. 
textiles, fabrics, weaving, 20th century, traveling exhibitions

American Picture Palaces

The movie palaces of the early 20th century are the subjects of this exhibition. Original furnishings, signs, photography, film footage, and architectural drawings from dozens of theaters bring the “Golden Age” of the American moviegoing experience to life. Among the featured theaters are New York City's Roxy Theatre, Paramount Theatre, and Radio City Music Hall, and Hollywood's Pantages Theatre. 
Architecture, architectural drawings, American, movies, 20th century, exhibitions

Urban Documents: Twentieth-Century American Prints

An exhibition of American prints reflecting and responding to the Industrial Revolution and life in the city—from Joseph Pennell’s 1908 etching of the steelworks in Bessemer, Pennsylvania to a 1983 etching by Lynn Shaler. John Sloan, Martin Lewis, Reginald Marsh, Gerald Geerlings, Richard Haas, and Michael Knigin are among the artists shown.
prints, etchings, American, 20th century, urban, exhibitions