exhibitions

A Royal Gift: The 1826 Porcelain Jewel Cabinet


This cabinet was a royal gift of state given by Charles X of France to Francis I, King of the Two Sicilies in 1830. Six feet high, made of mahogany and fitted with painted plaques, the cabinet was created under the supervision of Alexandre Brongniart, director of the Royal Porcelain Factory of Sèvres. Original sketches and drawings are on display which show the process of the cabinet’s design, as well as wallpapers and textiles that might have been used to decorate the room in which the cabinet was kept. 
furniture, 19th century, France, cabinet, permanent collection, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350055

Redesigning Cooper-Hewitt: Drawings by Polshek & Partners Architects


A display of architectural floor plans, renderings, and illustrations of the renovations for the Mansion and houses designed by James Polshek and Partners. The first phase of the renovation updated the ground floor galleries, and the second phase includes the opening of a design resource center, which scheduled to be completed in time for the Museum’s Centennial Celebration in the fall of 1997.
renovation, Architecture, architectural drawings, Carnegie mansion, exhibitions

Packaging the New: Design and the American Consumer, 1925-1975


More than 200 objects including drawings, products, packaging, and advertising trace the history of "the new.” Works by industrial designers Donald Deskey, Walter Dorwin Teague, Raymond Loewy, and Henry Dreyfuss are on display, as well as a recreation of a 1928 Saks Fifth Avenue window, a 1950s supermarket, and a 1960s Formica kitchen. A “Hall of Obsolescence” features a series of toasters that consumers purchased and re-purchased annually, despite only minor, superficial style "improvements."  
20th century, Industrial Design, housewares, Donald Deskey, Walter Dorwin Teague, Raymond Loewy, Henry Dreyfuss, consumerism, product design, exhibitions, packaging, advertising, ch:exhibition=35349859

Kitsch to Corbusier: Wallpaper from the 1950s


These selections from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent collection reflect postwar American interest in modern art, European travel, teen culture, suburbia, technology, and science. Designs by Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Le Corbusier and Saul Steinberg are included.
wallcoverings, 20th century, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349721

Body Language: Jewelry and Accessories at the National Design Museum


Two hundred pieces, dating from 1,000 BC to the present, trace the evolving relationship between jewelry and the human body. Examples of jewelry worn for protection, symbolism, status, and adornment are on display from the Museum's permanent collection.
jewelry, accessories, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349429

Elaine Lustig Cohen, Modern Graphic Designer


Elaine Lustig Cohen was one of the few high-profile female graphic designers of the 1950s and 1960s. She successfully integrated European modernism into American printed media, using geometric symbols and abstract structural elements from modern painting, architecture, and typography. Cohen did work for Meridian Books General Motors, the Jewish Museum, the Whitney Museum of Art, and Rio de Janeiro's Museum of Modern Art. She also worked with architects, including Philip Johnson, Richard Meier, and Eero Saarinen, to design interiors, signage, and printed materials.
Elaine Lustig Cohen, graphic design, modernism, 20th century, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350061

Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture


This exhibition presents recent trends in graphic design. Posters, signs, advertisements, zines, logos, typefaces, shopping bags, and corporate publications are among the works on display. Featured designers include Charles S. Anderson, Art Chantry, Stephen Doyle, Edward Fella, Tobias Frere-Jones, Dan Friedman, April Greiman, Jonathan Hoefler, Tibor Kalman, Katherine McCoy, and Paula Scher.
graphic design, 20th century, exhibitions

The Avant-Garde Letterhead


An exhibition of modernist letterhead and ephemera from the collection of Elaine Lustig Cohen. The 170 examples on display represent art movements such as Italian Futurism, De Stijl, Dada, and the Bauhaus, and include works by Kurt Schwitters, Herbert Bayer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, El Lissitsky, Theo van Doesburg, F. T. Marinetti, and Le Corbusier.
graphic design, letterhead, modernism, Bauhaus, futurism, Dada, De Stijl, Ellen Lupton, Elaine Lustig Cohen, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35349911

Six Bridges: The Making of the New York Megalopolis


Between 1925 and 1965, New York City became a world center for commerce, finance and culture. This exhibition of film clips, photographs, drawings, and maps, documents the six bridges instrumental in defining the metropolis: George Washington, Tri-borough, Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, Verrazano-Narrows, and Bayonne. These bridges are the legacy of Swiss-born engineer, Othmar Ammann, widely considered the greatest bridge designer of the 20th century.
engineering, bridges, New York City, 20th century, exhibitions

Design for Life: A Centennial Celebration


This exhibition features works designed for daily life, and is comprised of selections from the Museum's permanent collection, chosen by the graphic designer, Stephen Doyle, and the architect, Leslie Gail. The diverse objects include an Eames chair, a red and white Soviet chess set, and a toothbrush. 
Architecture, Industrial Design, textiles, wallpaper, drawings, furniture, jewelry, Stephen Doyle, Leslie Gail, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350279

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