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The Cooper-Hewitt Museum was founded in 1896. It was originally named Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration and it fell under the wing of theCooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. In 1895, the granddaughters of Peter Cooper, Sarah Cooper Hewitt, Eleanor Garnier Hewitt and Amy Hewitt Green, asked the Cooper Union...
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The Cooper-Hewitt Museum was founded in 1896. It was originally named Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration and it fell under the wing of theCooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. In 1895, the granddaughters of Peter Cooper, Sarah Cooper Hewitt, Eleanor Garnier Hewitt and Amy Hewitt Green, asked the Cooper Union...
An image of the BMW racing wheelchair designed for the paralympics that can be seen in the exhibition Access+Ability opening December 15. Click here for more information about the exhibition.
Now open: Access+Ability
Textile, ca. 1977, designed by Gere Kavanaugh (American, b. 1929) for Geraldine Fabrics, printed on cotton plain weave, acquired from the American Textile History Museum Collection and featured in the museum blog “Object of the Day.” Click here to read the blog.
object of the day
Exhibitions On view
A selection of design products available in the museum store SHOP Cooper Hewitt. Click here to explore SHOP's online catalog.
SHOP COOPER HEWITT
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DO YOU HAVE A LIGHT?
Matches seem almost trivial to us in 2014. However, carrying matches was once a novelty and feat of man’s ability to harness instantaneous fire.  Gas-powered lighters and safety matches in matchboxes were not available on a wide scale until the 1930s. Wooden friction matches were first invented about a hundred years earlier, but were fickle...