20th century

European Illustration: 1974–1984


Original artwork by leading European illustrators for books, magazines, and newspapers is on display. The exhibition features 150 illustrations selected from the thousands reproduced since 1974 in the Designers and Art Directors Association of London's European Illustration annual.
illustration, Europe, 20th century, traveling exhibitions

Manhattan Skyline: New York Skyscrapers Between the Wars


Detailed sketches, perspective drawings, models, vintage photographs, decorative objects, and architectural ornaments document the development of New York City skyscrapers between World War I and World War II. 
Architecture, architectural drawings, New York City, 20th century, exhibitions

Visual Spaces in Music: Drawings by John De Cesare


More than 50 pencil drawings by John De Cesare (1890–1972), an American architect and sculptor, are displayed here for the first time. Inspired by "The Star-Spangled Banner," De Cesare used the national anthem's musical notation as the basis for his artwork. The drawings, produced from the 1920s through the 1940s, are part of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum's permanent collection.
drawings, music, John De Cesare, 20th century, American, permanent collection, exhibitions

The Modern Spirit: Glass from Finland


This exhibition highlights distinctive Finnish glassworks from the first decades of the 20th century through the years following World War II. The more than 200 pieces on display represent the work of Alvar Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala, and other leading modern artists and designers. The exhibition showcases items from the collections of the recently-constructed Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki and from the Museum of Applied Arts in Helsinki, many of which are being shown for the first time in the United States.
Finland, glassware, 20th century, exhibitions

Paris Recorded: The Thérèse Bonney Collection


More than 140 photographs by the photojournalist Thérèse Bonney are on display in this exhibition documenting the evolution of design and decoration in Paris, from the watershed Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925 through the early 1930s. These photographs, selected from the Museum's archives, capture the great changes in the Parisian streetscape due to innovative, modernist facades and art deco influences in window displays at stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Bon Marché.  
Thérèse Bonney, 1925 Paris Exposition, France, 20th century, Architecture, interior design, decoration, window treatments, retail, photography, photojournalism, exhibitions

Berlin 1900–1933: Architecture and Design


The architecture, industrial design, graphic design, and decorative arts of Berlin, created between 1900 and 1933, are on display. Objects include handmade silver, textiles, inexpensive colorful household ceramics, Peter Behrens's electrical appliances for Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG), Jugendstil glass, porcelain by Marguerite Friedlaender Wildenhain, tubular steel furniture by Marcel Breuer and Mart Stam, and architectural drawings by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Berlin, 20th century, Architecture, Industrial Design, graphic design, decorative arts, silver, textiles, ceramics, Porcelain, Glass, furniture, drawings, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350017

Milestones: 50 Years of Goods and Services


A look at 50 ubiquitous consumer products and services that have transformed daily life in the 20th century. Refrigerators, washer/dryers, televisions, and videocassette recorders are among the items highlighted in seven household settings: a living room, laundry room, kitchen, bathroom, child’s bedroom, and garage.
20th century, Industrial Design, product design, housewares, exhibitions

Hollywood: Legend and Reality


The history of Hollywood production design and as told through 450 images and objects. Sketches, costumes, storyboards, posters, lobby cards, miniatures, props, fan magazines, photographs, and film clips are on view, including Ray Bolger’s scarecrow costume from The Wizard of Oz, Sam’s piano from Casablanca, and the sled from Citizen Kane.
Hollywood, movies, films, production design, graphic design, posters, 20th century, traveling exhibitions

La Nijinska: A Dancer's Legacy


This exhibition traces the career of Bronislava Nijinska, a pioneering choreographer who was influential in the development of ballet as a modernist art form. The exhibition spans her early training at the Russian Imperial Theatrical School with her brother Vaslav Nijinsky and her career with the Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo through to her years in Paris and the United States.
dance, 20th century, modernism, ballet, theatrical design, costumes, exhibitions

Memphis/Milano


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

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