exhibitions

Embroidered Samplers


These embroidered samplers, chosen from the Museum's collection of more than one thousand samplers, represent work from the seventeenth through the nineteen century that was made in the United States, Mexico, Western Europe, and China. These works, often handcrafted by young girls, are arranged geographically.
embroidery, samplers, handicrafts, needlework, fabric, thread, patterns, exhibitions, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35349951

Netsuke: Japanese Design in Miniature


An exhibition devoted to the small sculptures originally designed as toggles for purses and pouches. The four hundred netsuke on display, carved in a variety of forms including Shinto, Buddhist, and Taoist deities, are from the collection of the Peabody Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
Japan, netsuke, accessories, exhibitions

Etchings by the Tiepolos: From the Cooper-Hewitt Collection


Rare prints by the 18th-century painter, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and his sons, Giovanni Domenico and Lorenzo Baldissera, are on display. 
etchings, prints, Italy, 18th century, permanent collection, exhibitions

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

Advertising America


An exhibition of more than 150 advertisements from the Museum's permanent collection. 
graphic design, advertising, exhibitions

The Golden Eye: An International Tribute to the Artisans of India


The exhibition displays products and crafts resulting from the collaboration between Indian artisans and internationally-recognized designers from the West. The exhibition includes massive carved stone benches by Mario Bellini, tables by Ettore Sottsass, modular toys by Milton Glaser and Ivan Chermayeff, brocades by Charles Moore, and clothing by Mary McFadden. Organized by Indian designer Rajeev Sethi, the Handicrafts and Handlooms Export Corporation of India Ltd., and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum as part of the nationwide Festival of India 1985-1986.
India, crafts, artisans, handicrafts, exhibitions

The Modern Spirit: Glass from Finland


This exhibition highlights distinctive Finnish glassworks from the first decades of the 20th century through the years following World War II. The more than 200 pieces on display represent the work of Alvar Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala, and other leading modern artists and designers. The exhibition showcases items from the collections of the recently-constructed Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki and from the Museum of Applied Arts in Helsinki, many of which are being shown for the first time in the United States.
Finland, glassware, 20th century, exhibitions

Paris Recorded: The Thérèse Bonney Collection


More than 140 photographs by the photojournalist Thérèse Bonney are on display in this exhibition documenting the evolution of design and decoration in Paris, from the watershed Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925 through the early 1930s. These photographs, selected from the Museum's archives, capture the great changes in the Parisian streetscape due to innovative, modernist facades and art deco influences in window displays at stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Bon Marché.  
Thérèse Bonney, 1925 Paris Exposition, France, 20th century, Architecture, interior design, decoration, window treatments, retail, photography, photojournalism, 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

Timeless Sources: Rare Books from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum


This exhibition highlights treasures from Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Library. A range of publications, from technical encyclopedias illustrating architectural processes to trade catalogs featuring feathers and fabric swatches are included. These rare books, dating from the 16th century to the modern day, present an illustrated history of architecture, interior design, furniture, landscape design, theatrical design, and the decorative arts.  
books, rare books, illustrated books, design books, National Design Library, exhibitions, permanent collection

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