Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Beauty - Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial Part 1

We are at the amazing Cooper Hewitt museum today, so many fabulous museums in this city, hard to decide where to visit! It is the only museum in the United States devoted to historical and contemporary design. Its collections and exhibitions explore approximately 240 years of design aesthetic and creativity. 

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 the Cooper 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 for a space to create a Museum for the Arts of Decoration. The museum would take its inspiration from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. The museum would serve as a place for Cooper Union students and professional designers to study decorative arts collections. Cooper Union trustees provided the fourth floor of the Foundation Building. It opened in 1897. It was free and open three days a week. 

The gorgeous building was once the Andrew Carnegie mansion completed in 1903, and was named a national historic landmark in 1966. In June 2014, the museum changed its name from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. 

Can you imagine this entry way was someone's home? Just too fabulous! This building blows you away just as much as the art held inside! 

Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial  is the fifth installment of the museum’s signature contemporary design exhibition series. With a focus on aesthetic innovation, Beauty celebrates design as a creative endeavor that engages the mind, body, and senses. Curated by Andrea Lipps, Assistant Curator, and Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design, the exhibition features more than 250 works by 63 designers and teams from around the globe, and is organized around seven themes: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental, and transformative.

The exhibition is installed on the first and third floors of the museum and offers an immersive, multisensory experience that guides the visitor through a dramatic procession of the individual works.  With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectural interventions, Beauty presents works of astonishing form and surprising function while examining the essential question: “Why beauty now?”

Such a gorgeous gown ! 

I just love Tiffany glass, can look at it all day! 

A gorgeous shot here, these photos were taken with my new Sony camera, and I was very pleased with the results! 

This looks a bit painful to get on, but once it is, probably looks pretty cool 

This piece was really amazing! 

Such fun hats here, don't you think?

Don't forget to check out PART 2 on the blog as well! Such a fabulous exhibit! 

This exhibition started on February 12, 2016 and is on display until August 21, 2016.

Stay tuned on the blog for Part 2 of this fabulous exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. 

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