Don’t miss this special opportunity to view Energizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection through the eyes of the preeminent collector of modern design, George Kravis. Kravis will share stories of how he acquired iconic works of 20th and early 21st century design, why he was drawn to these particular objects, and their history.
“Energizing the Everyday” recognizes the collecting vision of George R. Kravis II and its synergy with Cooper Hewitt’s broad and diverse collection of modern and contemporary design. An early interest in records and a background in broadcasting inform Kravis’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of radios, televisions, and technology. As Kravis’s passion for design grew, he expanded his collecting efforts beyond American electronic devices to include industrial design and furnishings for the home and office from the United States, Europe, and Asia. The exhibition features highlights of the Kravis collection dating from the early 20th century to the present. From industrial design and furniture to tableware and textiles, the exhibition makes visual and material connections across time and geography to relate the far-reaching impact of design on the enhancement of daily life.