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Design [R]evolutions: Art Deco to Streamline
In the rush toward modernity after the 1925 Paris Exposition, architectural and domestic metalwork gained prominence in the public eye, exemplifying the "art deco" mode. Using examples from Cooper-Hewitt's collection, curator and art historian Jewel Stern will examine the stylistic transition in metalwork during the late 1920s and 1930s, from the exuberance of the Jazz...
Design [R]evolutions: False Bottoms and Secret Compartments
In the second of the Enid and Lester Morse Historic Design lecture series, Dr. Carolyn Sargentson will be lecturing on the theme of secrecy in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Paris, looking at the role of locksmiths in protecting the affairs of the heart, the home, and of politics, and revealing some of their strategies for developing...
Design [R]evolutions: Places for Paintings and Paintings for Places
It is difficult to believe that the works of art we now see in museums were originally intended for display someplace else. The inaugural speaker for Desigh [R]evolutions, Dr. Nicholas Penny will discuss where several famous paintings now in public galleries were originally intended to hang, and how lighting, heigh, wall color, frames, and the...
Cooper-Hewitt: How and Why Things Work – Keynote, Ellen Lupton
Curator Ellen Lupton uses concrete examples to discuss how designed objects and environments affect human behavior. Through objects from the past and present, she demonstrates how good design can solve everyday problems.
Cooper-Hewitt: Richard Campanella at City of Neighborhoods 2008
Richard Campanella tracks the physical geography, historical development, and population of New Orleans from colonial times to after Hurricane Katrina.
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John Maeda from the Adobe Museum of Digital Media
John Maeda talks about Neue Craft The most recent addition to the the Adobe Museum of Digital Media is a lecture by John Maeda called A+B=C (Atoms+Bits=Craft). Once you get past the Museum’s virtual architecture, which I talked about in my blog on Tuesday (March 29th), you find yourself in John’s world, where he stands...
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CCA to Launch an Interaction Design Program
The graphics indicate the melding of technology and nature I was in San Francisco last week to meet old friends from IDEO and Stanford, and while there I was privileged to give the inaugural lecture for the new Interaction Design Program at CCA (California College of the Arts). Students will start this fall, enrolling for...
Cooper-Hewitt: 2009 Teen Design Fair with Tim Gunn
New York City teens were invited to learn about careers from over thirty professionals working in the fields of fashion, industrial, multi-media and graphic design as well as architecture. Design colleges from around the country were on hand to provide admission and financial aid information. Tim Gunn, members of the cast of Project Runway, and...
Fashioning Felt
Fashioning Felt opens next week. The exhibition explores the varied new uses of felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings. The exhibition runs from March 6 to September 7. On Friday March 6, the Museum will host a lecture by two designers featured in the exhibition, Claudy Jongstra...