exhibitions

MANtransFORMS: an international exhibition on Aspects of Design


The opening exhibition of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design. Conceived by the Vienna-based architect and designer, Hans Hollein, this exhibition examines the meaning, realities, problems, and possibilities of design in everyday life. Objects of daily use, such as a piece of cloth or a hammer, take on new dimensions and depths of meaning as they evolve and adapt in the context of different places, people, and times. An international group of leading architects and designers collaborated on the show, including Nader Ardalan, Peter M.
permanent collection, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350167

Henry C. Mercer Tiles


This exhibition features the work of Henry C. Mercer, an anthropologist and archeologist who founded the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. After investigating and documenting artifacts and historical processes related to decorative ceramics, Mercer was able to develop new manufacturing methods for tiles and mosaics.
ceramics, pottery, tiles, mosaics, exhibitions

Andrea Palladio in America


This exhibition explores the impact of the 16th-century Italian architect, Andrea Palladio, on American architecture. Among the objects on display are 16 large wooden scale models of villas and churches designed by Palladio, large scale photographs of the buildings as they appear today, and panels of photographs depicting important buildings in the United States that reflect Palladio's influence.
Architecture, models, Italy, American, photographs, exhibitions

The Carnegie Mansion


This exhibition of original architectural drawings, prints, and photographs traces the development of the Carnegie Mansion from its initial design and construction through later renovations.
Carnegie mansion, Architecture, architectural drawings, prints, photographs, exhibitions

Palaces for the People


This exhibition surveys 100 years of resort and motel architecture and design in the United States. The photographs and architectural drawings on display are complemented by an array of objects and ephemera, including matchboxes, menus, towels, cutlery and stationery. Organized by Richard B. Oliver, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Curator of Architecture and Design.
Architecture, architectural drawings, photographs, ephemera, tourism, hotels, resorts, exhibitions

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

Winslow Homer


This exhibition features drawings, sketches, paintings, and prints by Winslow Homer, selected from the Museum's collection. In addition to early works depicting seaside and country life, there are several charcoal sketches of Civil War soldiers in the battlefields, drawn when Homer served as an illustrator for Harper's Weekly.
Winslow Homer, paintings, drawings, sketches, prints, permanent collection, exhibitions

More Than Meets the Eye


A comprehensive history of the Cooper-Hewitt collection. The 400 objects on display span several centuries and include textiles, drawings, prints, decorative objects, furniture, cutlery, and wallcoverings. Organized by Elaine Evans Dee, Dorothy Twining Globus, Gillian Moss, Christian Rohlfing and Milton Sonday. Funded by a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts.
permanent collection, textiles, drawings, prints, decorative objects, furniture, wallcoverings, exhibitions

To Celebrate the Moment


This exhibition documents the relationship between design and celebration. Among the objects on view are photographs of snow sculptures at Dartmouth College, printed Christmas stockings, a drawing by Erté for the “Emerald” costume worn at Paul Poiret’s 1913 Jewel Ball, greeting cards, and commemorative objects. Organized by Richard Oliver, Curator of Architecture and Design.
ephemera, celebration, costumes, graphic design, drawings, decorative objects, exhibitions

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.
wallpaper, pottery, furniture, drawings, prints, jewelry, oil paintings, decorative objects, permanent collection, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349835

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