exhibitions

American Picture Palaces


The movie palaces of the early 20th century are the subjects of this exhibition. Original furnishings, signs, photography, film footage, and architectural drawings from dozens of theaters bring the “Golden Age” of the American moviegoing experience to life. Among the featured theaters are New York City's Roxy Theatre, Paramount Theatre, and Radio City Music Hall, and Hollywood's Pantages Theatre. 
Architecture, architectural drawings, American, movies, 20th century, exhibitions

Scandinavian Modern 1880–1980


A landmark retrospective of design from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Over 330 examples of ceramics, glass, metalwork, furniture, and textiles were selected from private and public collections in Scandinavia and the United States, documenting the continuity and changes that distinguish the Scandinavian tradition in design and the decorative arts. Alvar Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala, Timo Sarpaneva, Marimekko, Hans Wagner, Georg Jensen, and Gustavsberg are among the designers whose skill and sophistication are on display.
Scandinavia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, ceramics, Glass, metalwork, furniture, textiles, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349997

Fashion Prints: 125 Years of Style


The majority of the prints on exhibition were originally assembled by Vyvyan Holland, Oscar Wilde’s son and subsequently housed in the Museum's collection. The prints, which collectively present a survey of 19th- and early 20th-century fashion for men, women, and children, provide a fascinating glimpse into what was considered “proper” attire for all occasions. 
fashion, prints, exhibitions

A Penny Saved: Architecture in Cast-Iron Toy Banks


This exhibition highlights cast-iron money boxes designed and produced for children between 1860 and 1940. In addition to the 100 still and mechanical banks on display, the exhibition also features patent drawings, pattern pieces, and printing blocks. Among these miniature architectural structures are churches, railroad stations, and skyscrapers—including the Woolworth building.
toys, cast iron, Architecture, exhibitions

Urban Documents: Twentieth-Century American Prints


An exhibition of American prints reflecting and responding to the Industrial Revolution and life in the city—from Joseph Pennell’s 1908 etching of the steelworks in Bessemer, Pennsylvania to a 1983 etching by Lynn Shaler. John Sloan, Martin Lewis, Reginald Marsh, Gerald Geerlings, Richard Haas, and Michael Knigin are among the artists shown.
prints, etchings, American, 20th century, urban, exhibitions

Canes and Walking Sticks


The canes and sticks are chiefly from England and France and date from the early 18th century to the present. Some of the canes possess intricately carved handles in the shape of animal heads, while others are designed with an additional use in mind: a radio, a timepiece, a musical instrument, a sword, or a perfume bottle.
canes, walking sticks, accessories, exhibitions

Fabergé: Jeweller to Royalty


A glimpse into the personal collection formed by Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. The exhibition showcases treasures by Peter Carl Fabergé from the Royal Collection as well as private and public collections in Great Britain. 
jewelry, Faberge, Great Britain, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349983

The Carnegie Mansion Embellished


To celebrate its 75th birthday, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum invited friends to submit works embellishing upon an architectural elevation of the Carnegie Mansion—a National Historic Landmark. The exhibition features the creative responses of numerous designers, architects, artists, photographers, and design enthusiasts, including Donald Deskey, Raymond Loewy, Ivan Chermayeff, Leo Lionni, Bill Cunningham, Shigeo Fukuda, Helen Frankenthaler, Horst P. Horst, Francesc Torres, Edward Fella, and Milton Glaser. This project was inspired by Charles Addams. 
architectural drawings, Carnegie mansion, illustration, exhibitions

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

Tiffany Studios: Metalwork and Other Decorative Arts


A comprehensive exhibition of both rare and mass-produced Tiffany metalwork from the late 19th and early 20th century. The 75 objects on display include desk accessories, candlesticks, boxes, jewelry, and lamp bases in gold, silver, bronze, and enamel on copper.
Louis Comfort Tiffany, metalwork, gold, silver, decorative objects, jewelry, exhibitions

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