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 Jacquard Loom: Recent Experiments

On View: Tuesday, May 18, 1982 to Sunday, August 22, 1982

On display are original Jacquard fabrics woven by 17 contemporary textile artists at the Rhode Island School of Design—the only school in the United States to own a jacquard loom. 

textiles, fabrics, weaving, 20th century, traveling exhibitions

The American Landscape

On View: Tuesday, April 27, 1982 to Sunday, July 18, 1982

More than 160 selections from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century American landscapes are on view. This exhibition features Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole, Samuel Colman, Frederic Edwin Church, and Daniel Huntington, as well as works by Winslow Homer and others.

American landscape, paintings, Hudson River School, Thomas Cole, Samuel Colman, Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer, Daniel Huntington

English Majolica

On View: Tuesday, March 23, 1982 to Sunday, June 13, 1982

This exhibition of colorful, glazed earthenware from 19th-century England includes pieces by Minton, Wedgwood, and George Jones.

ceramics, england, 19th century, exhibitions

Hawai'i: The Royal Isles

On View: Tuesday, March 9, 1982 to Sunday, May 9, 1982

A view of the arts and crafts native to Hawaiian culture—first as they evolved over five hundred years without outside influence, and then as they developed following the introduction of Western culture. Among the ceremonial objects on view are feather capes worn by Hawaiian kings, hand-carved bowls, images, calabashes, tapa cloths, and shell and ivory ornaments.

Organized by Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum of Honolulu. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and United Airlines. 

Hawaii, handicrafts, traveling exhibitions

Architectural Fantasy and Reality (Accademia di San Luca)

On View: Tuesday, February 16, 1982 to Sunday, May 9, 1982

An exhibition of 17th- and 18th-century drawings from the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in Rome. The nearly 80 drawings on display were award-winning entries from an annual design competition held between 1694 and 1750. These ideal and exuberant project proposal drawings were composed by such artists as Filippo Juvarra, Bernardo Antonio Vittone, Carlo Fontana, and Carlo Marchionni.

Architecture, architectural drawings, Italy, traveling exhibitions

City Dwellings and Country Houses: Robert Adam and His Style

On View: Tuesday, January 19, 1982 to Sunday, April 11, 1982

The first major American exhibition of the 18th-century Scottish architect and designer, Robert Adam, and his circle. Selected from public and private collections in Scotland, England, and the United States, this exhibition surveys Adam's extraordinary accomplishment through a selection of more than 100 drawings, furniture, silver, ceramics, and decorative objects.

Robert Adam, 18th century, Architecture, architectural drawings, furniture, silver, exhibitions

Puppets: Art and Entertainment

On View: Tuesday, December 15, 1981 to Sunday, February 21, 1982

This comprehensive exhibition of historical and contemporary puppets is complemented with videos of performances and live demonstrations in the galleries. The more than 230 puppets on view range from small stop-action figures to larger-than-life characters, and include creations from the pre-Columbian era through to modern-day Muppets. 

Organized by Puppeteers of America, Inc. 

puppets, traveling exhibitions

In Small Stages: Puppets from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection

On View: Tuesday, December 1, 1981 to Sunday, March 7, 1982

This exhibition, a complement to the traveling exhibition Puppets: Art and Entertainment, includes antique and contemporary puppets and marionettes, some of which are on display for the first time.

puppets, permanent collection, exhibitions


On View: Tuesday, November 10, 1981 to Sunday, January 31, 1982

Documenting a remarkable achievement in urban design, this exhibition explores the social history and architectural evolution of the American suburb from its 16th-century prototypes to the 20th-century concept of a "city village" through original drawings, site plans, photographs, and brochures. The exhibition allows visitors to view the work and ideas of major architects, H. H. Richardson, Frank Lloyd Wright, and M. H. Baillie Scott, as well as relatively unknown architects such as Grosvenor Atterbury, Ernest Flagg, and Electus Litchfield.

Architecture, architectural drawings, exhibitions

Writing and Reading

On View: Monday, September 21, 1981 to Sunday, January 3, 1982

This exhibition addresses the design evolution of the written word. It surveys printing, writing, and the book arts, and includes an enormous variety of objects: papyrus documents, stone inscriptions, stamps, cylinders, pens, quills, writing sticks, felt-tip markers, typewriters, a word-processor, wax tablets, skins, desks, examples of calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts, bindings, and end papers.

writing, bookbinding, illustrated books, calligraphy, typewriters, pens, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350437