20th century

Packaging the New: Design and the American Consumer, 1925-1975


More than 200 objects including drawings, products, packaging, and advertising trace the history of "the new.” Works by industrial designers Donald Deskey, Walter Dorwin Teague, Raymond Loewy, and Henry Dreyfuss are on display, as well as a recreation of a 1928 Saks Fifth Avenue window, a 1950s supermarket, and a 1960s Formica kitchen. A “Hall of Obsolescence” features a series of toasters that consumers purchased and re-purchased annually, despite only minor, superficial style "improvements."  
20th century, Industrial Design, housewares, Donald Deskey, Walter Dorwin Teague, Raymond Loewy, Henry Dreyfuss, consumerism, product design, exhibitions, packaging, advertising, ch:exhibition=35349859

Kitsch to Corbusier: Wallpaper from the 1950s


These selections from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent collection reflect postwar American interest in modern art, European travel, teen culture, suburbia, technology, and science. Designs by Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Le Corbusier and Saul Steinberg are included.
wallcoverings, 20th century, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349721

Elaine Lustig Cohen, Modern Graphic Designer


Elaine Lustig Cohen was one of the few high-profile female graphic designers of the 1950s and 1960s. She successfully integrated European modernism into American printed media, using geometric symbols and abstract structural elements from modern painting, architecture, and typography. Cohen did work for Meridian Books General Motors, the Jewish Museum, the Whitney Museum of Art, and Rio de Janeiro's Museum of Modern Art. She also worked with architects, including Philip Johnson, Richard Meier, and Eero Saarinen, to design interiors, signage, and printed materials.
Elaine Lustig Cohen, graphic design, modernism, 20th century, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350061

Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture


This exhibition presents recent trends in graphic design. Posters, signs, advertisements, zines, logos, typefaces, shopping bags, and corporate publications are among the works on display. Featured designers include Charles S. Anderson, Art Chantry, Stephen Doyle, Edward Fella, Tobias Frere-Jones, Dan Friedman, April Greiman, Jonathan Hoefler, Tibor Kalman, Katherine McCoy, and Paula Scher.
graphic design, 20th century, exhibitions

Six Bridges: The Making of the New York Megalopolis


Between 1925 and 1965, New York City became a world center for commerce, finance and culture. This exhibition of film clips, photographs, drawings, and maps, documents the six bridges instrumental in defining the metropolis: George Washington, Tri-borough, Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, Verrazano-Narrows, and Bayonne. These bridges are the legacy of Swiss-born engineer, Othmar Ammann, widely considered the greatest bridge designer of the 20th century.
engineering, bridges, New York City, 20th century, exhibitions

The Jewelry of Tone Vigeland


Norwegian jeweler, Tone Vigeland, transforms silver, steel, gold and other heavy metals into jewelry that is sculptural, light, and graceful. This exhibition features jewelry created over the past 40 years, including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, metal-mesh hats, shoulder pieces, and long mesh chains.
jewelry, Tone Vigeland, Norway, 20th century, traveling exhibitions

Henry Dreyfuss Directing Design: The Industrial Designer and His Work, 1929 - 1972


This retrospective of industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss features drawings, models, prototypes, and finished products. His designs include well-known classics such as the standard desk-style rotary telephone, the "Big Ben" alarm clock, the Polaroid Automatic 100 camera, and the Honeywell round thermostat. Dreyfuss was also responsible for the New York Central Railroad's streamlined "Mercury" train, ergonomic John Deere tractors, washing machines for Sears, and theatrical sets for plays such as The Last Mile. 
Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Design, 20th century, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350863

Concerned Theatre Japan: The Graphic Art of Japanese Theatre: 1960-1980


Explore the modern Japanese theater movement as well as the development of Japan's postwar cultural identity through the design of theater posters. This exhibition is co-sponsored by Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the AIGA.
Japan, theater, 20th century, theatrical design, costumes, graphic design, posters, traveling exhibitions

Graphic Design in the Mechanical Age: Selections from the Merrill C. Berman Collection


This exhibition focuses on the intersection of art and mass media in the first part of the 20th century. A selection of 200 works selected the private Merrill C. Berman collection explores themes such as the avant-garde's impact on design and the the designer's changing role in relation to commerce, communication, and politics. The exhibition features magazine covers, book jackets, advertisements, graphic ephemera, and other objects by Man Ray, A. M. Cassandre, Leo Marfurt, Alexander Rodchenko, Kurt Schwitters. Theo van Doesburg, Vladimir and Georgii Steinberg, and Lester Beall.
graphic design, book cover design, ephemera, 20th century, exhibitions, Merrill C. Berman

The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention


This exhibition presents 500 objects designed by Charles and Ray Eames and produced by the Eames office between 1941 and 1984. The objects on view illustrate the spectrum of the Eames's design accomplishments and include furniture, fabrics, environments, and even movies.
Charles Eames, Ray Eames, furniture design, fabrics, 20th century, exhibitions

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