Exhibitions Archive

This archive includes past Cooper-Hewitt exhibitions dating back to 1975. Earlier exhibitions, including those set as early as the 1930s when the Museum was the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, are being compiled and will be added at a future date. The Museum is currently closed for renovation, scheduled to re-open in 2014.

Past exhibitions can also be explored online through exhibition catalogs and related publications in our collection of historical publications.

Immovable Objects: Subways

On View: Thursday, December 8, 1977 to Friday, March 31, 1978

Subways of the world are examined in this exhibition, held at the mezzanine level of the 42nd Street Station (Avenue of the Americas Station of the IND line). Posters, maps, graphics, and photographs provide information of the size, capacity, and design of urban subway systems including those in Boston, London, New York, Chicago, Budapest, Glasgow, Paris, Vienna, Tokyo, Berlin, Philadelphia, Hamburg, and Buenos Aires.   

Sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration of the United States Department of Transportation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

transportation, Department of Transportation, New York City, urban, traveling exhibitions

To Celebrate the Moment

On View: Wednesday, November 23, 1977 to Sunday, January 8, 1978

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

More Than Meets the Eye

On View: Tuesday, November 15, 1977 to Monday, March 20, 1978

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

Winslow Homer

On View: Friday, October 7, 1977 to Sunday, November 13, 1977

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

Drawing Toward a More Modern Architecture

On View: Tuesday, September 20, 1977 to Sunday, November 20, 1977

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

Palaces for the People

On View: Thursday, July 14, 1977 to Sunday, September 18, 1977

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

The Carnegie Mansion

On View: Tuesday, June 7, 1977 to Sunday, July 3, 1977

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

Two Hundred Years of American Architectural Drawing

On View: Tuesday, June 7, 1977 to Wednesday, September 14, 1977

This retrospective surveys two centuries of architectural drawings, including works by Thomas Jefferson, Charles Bullfinch, William Strickland, Richard Morris Hunt, Cass Gilbert, Richard Neutra, and Robert Venturi.

Organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Architectural League of New York.

Architecture, American, architectural drawings, traveling exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349837

Andrea Palladio in America

On View: Tuesday, June 7, 1977 to Wednesday, October 5, 1977

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

Henry C. Mercer Tiles

On View: Tuesday, May 3, 1977 to Sunday, May 15, 1977

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