Enid and Lester Morse Historic Design Lecture Series

Image of Brittany Nicole Cox, horologist, on stage at Cooper Hewitt
The Morse Lecture | Designing the Sublime: Mechanism, Risk, and Wonder
DESIGNING THE SUBLIME: MECHANISM, RISK, AND WONDER World-renowned antiquarian horologist Brittany Nicole Cox explores the diverse utilization of the machine in design through a selection of objects drawn from the collections of Cooper Hewitt and other Smithsonian museums. Examples range from a nineteenth-century singing bird box to the world’s first tuning fork watch. Cox makes...
Dr. Ulrich Leben delivers the Morse Historic Design Lecture from the podium at Cooper Hewitt
The Morse Lecture | A Grand Statement: The Surtout de Table
Dr. Ulrich Leben discusses the ornamental grammar of the surtout and its relationship to the interior architecture of the Palais Beauharnais
The Morse Lecture | Local Quality, Global Scope–Saving Color Through Tacit Knowledge
Designer Claudy Jongstra presents the in-depth knowledge of experimenting and working with products from the land.
During the Morse Historic Design Lecture, Beatrice Quette, a woman with short curly dark hair lectures from the podium at Cooper Hewitt while audience members look on.
The Morse Lecture | Japan, the West, and the Emergence of Japonism in Design
Béatrice Quette looks at the design objects and art that fueled the West’s enthusiasm for Japan.
Image of Ashley Callahan presents a lecture about Ilonka Karasz at Cooper Hewitt
The Morse Lecture | Ilonka Karasz: Elusive Modernist
The Morse Historic Design Lecture | Ilonka Karasz
Unlocking the Secret Garden: A Celebration of Cooper Hewitt’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden
In 1901, Andrew Carnegie commissioned an innovative garden to complement his new home just off of Central Park. This idyllic space is now open to the public after its renovation designed by Walter Hood, principal of Hood Studio and winner of the 2009 National Design Award. Margie Ruddick, 2013 National Design Award winner, discusses how...