American

American Enterprise: Nineteenth-Century Patent Models


An exhibition of patent models from the golden age of American invention. The 500 miniature models on display were submitted to the United States Patent Office between 1836 to 1880, the years models were a required part of the patent application. These objects—varyingly iconic, quotidian, and curious—are each under 12-inches tall.  
American, 19th century, inventions, product design, Industrial Design, exhibitions

Carnegie's Libraries: A Sesquicentennial Celebration


To mark the 150th exhibition of Andrew Carnegie's birth, this exhibition focuses on the architectural impact of Carnegie's philanthropic public library program in the United States, which helped construct more than 1,600 buildings. Architectural drawings, photographs, cartoons, posters, and 300 vintage postcards, illustrate the program's broad geographic scope as well as the skillful planning solutions developed by architects in response to the problem of designing a relatively new type of building.
Architecture, architectural drawings, posters, postcards, American, libraries, Andrew Carnegie, exhibitions

Newcomb Pottery: An Enterprise for Southern Women, 1895-1940


This exhibition traces the history of the ceramics produced by Newcomb College, in New Orleans, where young Southern women were trained for the art industry as professional artisans. More than 200 examples of Newcomb Pottery are on view. 
ceramics, pottery, American, New Orleans, women, Arts and Crafts, traveling exhibitions

Arches for Galveston


An exhibition of seven arches designed by seven of America’s leading architects, all commissioned for the 1986 Mardi Gras in Galveston, Texas. The designs by Helmut John, Cesar Pelli, Stanley Tigerman, Eugene Aubry, Michael Graves, Charles Moore, and Boone Powell, represented through models and drawings, range from the serious to the fantastical. Also included in the exhibition is a large-scale model of an arch by Italian architect Aldo Rossi, designed for Galveston's 1988 Mardi Gras.
Architecture, architectural drawings, models, American, arches, exhibitions

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Building: Creating a Corporate Cathedral


Frank Lloyd Wright’s great concern for space and scale is explored in this exhibition on the Johnson Wax Headquarters Building in Racine, Wisconsin. More than 100 items are on display, including lithographs, scale models, murals, videotapes of Wright discussing his work, original drawing from Wright’s unpublished archives in Arizona, and correspondence between Wright and the company's president, Herbert F. Johnson. The building was constructed in the 1930s and was later designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Frank Lloyd Wright, Architecture, architectural drawings, models, 20th century, American, traveling exhibitions

Louis Sullivan: The Function of Ornament


The more than 170 objects on display underscore the importance of Chicago-born architect, Louis Henry Sullivan (1856-1924), on American architecture. Sullivan saw aesthetic potential in the versatility of steel, and his accomplishments include the Wainwright Building in St. Louis and the Guaranty Buildings in Buffalo. The exhibition focuses on Sullivan's incorporation of ornament and modernism, and features models, photographs, and ornamental fragments, including a pencil sketch of a snowflake for an elevator panel.
Louis Sullivan, Architecture, drawings, American, 20th century, models, steel, ornament, traveling exhibitions

Training the Hand and Eye: American Drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection


Seventy-five sketches and preparatory drawings are on display by 34 leading American artists, including Winslow Homer, Frederic Church, Kenyon Cox, and Thomas Moran. These unfinished works often annotations and notes, which help provide insights into the artistic process. This exhibition features selections from the more than 7,000 American drawings in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s permanent collection.
drawings, American, Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, Kenyon Cox, permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349519

Design Process: Cheryl R. Riley


A solo exhibition of furniture design by Cheryl R. Riley, the founder and principal designer of Right Angle Interiors in San Francisco. Many of her design commissions are on display, such as work for the San Francisco Bayview Police Station and a pair of coin-encrusted Tudor Tables. Riley is deeply influenced by her African-American heritage, which is reflected in her choices of material and form. Riley's work is now a part of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s African-American Design Archives.
furniture, American, African-American, women and design, tables, exhibitions, permanent collection

The Opulent Eye of Alexander Girard


This exhibition explores the work of artist Alexander Girard (1907-1993), one of America's most innovative 20th century designers. Unique in postwar American design, Girard created textiles as well as graphics, interiors, and furnishings that introduced modern design to millions of Americans.  Organized by Donald Albrecht, Curator of Special Projects.
Alexander Girard, 20th century, American, textiles, graphic design, interiors, furniture design

Russel Wright: Creating American Lifestyle


This first major retrospective of one of the country's greatest industrial designers explores the products and ideas developed and marketed by Russel Wright, inventor of a gracious, informal, and contemporary approach to the middle-class, mid-century American home.
Industrial Design, Russel Wright, 20th century, exhibitions, American, democratization, housewares, home furnishings, textiles, dinnerware, furniture design, ch:exhibition=35350109

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