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.

The Art of the European Goldsmith: From the Schroder Collection

On View: Tuesday, November 1, 1983 to Sunday, January 22, 1984

Consummate craftmanship and artistry are on display in this selection of silver and silver-gilt from the Schroder Collection. The chalices, tankards, ewers, bowls, utensils, and figures included in the exhibition were created between the 13th to the 19th century.

silver, metalwork, decorative objects, exhibitions

The Amsterdam School: Dutch Expressionist Architecture 1915–1930

On View: Tuesday, November 1, 1983 to Sunday, February 5, 1984

On view are 100 architectural drawings by Michel de Klerk and his colleagues. These drawings depict both completed public and commercial commissions as well as designs for buildings that were never constructed.

Architecture, architectural drawings, Netherlands, Dutch, exhibitions

Contemporary Continuous Pattern

On View: Tuesday, September 20, 1983 to Sunday, January 15, 1984

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

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School

On View: Tuesday, August 30, 1983 to Sunday, January 1, 1984

This exhibition examines Wright in the context of his midwestern contemporaries, a group collectively known as the Prairie School. The drawings, photographs, furniture, and ornament on display features Wright's work alongside that of architects including Louis Sullivan, Barry Byrne, Marion Mahoney, William Purcell, and Walter Burley Griffin.

Frank Lloyd Wright, American, Architecture, architectural drawings, ornament, furniture, Prairie School, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349995

A Penny Saved: Architecture in Cast-Iron Toy Banks

On View: Tuesday, August 2, 1983 to Saturday, October 22, 1983

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

Photography and Architecture: 1839–1939

On View: Tuesday, July 26, 1983 to Sunday, October 16, 1983

This exhibition of photographs from the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal chronicles 100 years of architectural photography.

Architecture, photography, traveling exhibitions

Canes and Walking Sticks

On View: Tuesday, May 3, 1983 to Tuesday, July 26, 1983

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

On View: Tuesday, March 15, 1983 to Sunday, July 10, 1983

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

Urban Documents: Twentieth-Century American Prints

On View: Thursday, March 10, 1983 to Saturday, September 24, 1983

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

The Carnegie Mansion Embellished

On View: Tuesday, February 8, 1983 to Sunday, May 1, 1983

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