Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cooper Hewitt Museum

heading to the Cooper Hewitt on the Upper East Side, this was a gorgeous building I couldn't help take a photo of and we found out it was a school 
the gorgeous entrance 


from Cooper Hewitt's website:

About The Museum
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming. It is the mission of Cooper-Hewitt’s staff and Board of Trustees to advance the public understanding of design across the twenty-four centuries of human creativity represented by the Museum’s collection.
The Museum was founded in 1897 by Amy, Eleanor, and Sarah Hewitt—granddaughters of industrialist Peter Cooper—as part of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. A branch of the Smithsonian since 1967, Cooper-Hewitt is housed in the landmark Andrew Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The campus also includes two historic townhouses renovated with state-of-the-art conservation technology and a unique terrace and garden.

Cooper-Hewitt’s collections include more than 250,000 design objects and a world-class design library. Its exhibitions, in-depth educational programs, and on-site, degree-granting master’s program explore the process of design, both historic and contemporary. As part of its mission, Cooper-Hewitt annually sponsors the National Design Awards, a prestigious program which honors innovation and excellence in American design. Together, these resources and programs reinforce Cooper-Hewitt’s position as the preeminent museum and educational authority for the study of design in the United States.

we went to see the Van Cleef and Arpels exhibit "Set in Style"  which was gorgeous but no photography was allowed  
this was my first visit to the museum and the building is pretty nice but they are now undergoing a major renovation  
gorgeous flowers in the garden  
wisteria hanging on the back of the building was beautiful 
it is amazing to think someone actually lived in this home  
you can have a light snack and drink in the garden and just relax after seeing a great exhibit 
You can view many of the gorgeous pieces we saw at the exhibit HERE  and I highly suggest you do so....it was really mind blowing. I particularly loved the art deco pieces and the Princess Grace items as well. The galleries are currently closed for renovation but you can still visit their gift shop and Arthur Rose Terrace and Garden. 


Today's Words of Wisdom: In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 




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5 comments:

The Fashionable Traveler said...

I've never been to the Cooper-Hewitt, but have never been to the museum. I didn't realize what is was all about, so thanks for the explanation. I will look forward to visiting it one day. The Van Cleef and Arpel exhibit sounds spectaclar. Looking at amazing jewelry sounds like a great way to spent and afternoon.

Beauty Blogger Bri said...

Wow, I completely agree with you...gorgeous building and garden! :)

Marina Mott said...

Amazing pictures!! This building is marvelous!! xx

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

it will be better when they are done with the renovation....so many great museums in NYC!!

Kat said...

Love the flowers in the garden.

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