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Look Again


When the Hewitt sisters—Peter Cooper’s granddaughters—founded this museum in 1877, their hope was to make its design collections available for education and inspiration. This exhibition showcases nearly 500 new items from the permanent collection, including wallpaper, pottery, furniture, drawings, prints, jewelry, oil paintings, and decorative objects.  Sponsored in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.
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Crosscurrents: Neoclassical Drawings and Prints from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection


This exhibition features a selection of 135 French, Italian, German, and English drawings and prints of late 18th- and 19th-century architecture, decorative arts, and ornament, accompanied by related objects.
Architecture, ornament, drawings, prints, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349391

Central Park: Original Drawings


On view are original plans for Central Park by Frederick Law Olmstead, Calvert Vaux, and their associates dating from the 1850s through the 1880s. The exhibition includes full-scale working drawings as well as watercolors of the stone carvings, terrace and buildings.
New York City, Central Park, landscape architecture, drawings, watercolor, exhibitions

The Column: Structure and Ornament


Columns are shown in drawings, prints, rare books, photographs, wallpapers, textiles, and decorative objects from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent collection. Tuscan, Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian columns have been used by architects for structural support as well as decoration through the ages, dating to the fourth century B.C. Napoleon’s column in the Place Vendôme, Nelson’s column in Trafalger Square in London, and contemporary uses of this structure are included in the exhibition.
columns, Architecture, drawings, prints, rare books, wallpaper, textiles, decorative arts, permanent collection, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350415

Designed for Theater


A comprehensive review of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent theater design collection. Among the designs for stage sets, costumes, and curtains are a 1580 print by Andrea Palladio for the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, a two-volume folio of the Paris Opera by Charles Garnier, and works by 20th-century set designers Oliver Smith and Robert O’Hearn.
theater, theatrical design, Architecture, drawings, costumes, permanent collection, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349707

Contemporary Continuous Pattern


This exhibition presents patterns designed for continuous surfaces, with an aim to bring together a group of works that reflect personal points of view and begin to establish the look of the decade. On view are printed and painted fabrics, wallcoverings, woven fabrics, and preliminary design drawings reflecting a wide range of methods and materials, all created within the past three years.
textiles, fabrics, drawings, patterns, 1980s, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349999

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

Perspective: The Illusion of Space


Sixty drawings, prints, rare books, wall papers, textiles, and porcelain show how artists and designers have represented three-dimensional subjects on two-dimensional surfaces to create the illusion of space.
perspective, drawings, prints, illustrated books, wall papers, textiles, porcelain exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349441

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.
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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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