• Dürer to Rembrandt: Northern European Prints from the Wallerstein Collection

    Leo Wallerstein (1882-1956) emigrated from Germany to New York in 1900, where he attended the Cooper Union. Frequent European visits between 1919 and 1931 provided Wallerstein with the opportunity to assemble his vast collection of prints, which reflected his special interest in German and Netherlandish artists of the 15th through the 17th centuries. Remembering his alma mater, to Cooper Hewitt Leo and his wife Dorothy donated several hundred works by the most important northern printmakers of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. This highlights 116 objects from our collection.

  • Insects!

    Creepy crawly critters are a popular design motif, hiding in plain sight throughout the Cooper Hewitt collection. This highlights 96 objects from our collection.

  • American Landscape

    This group highlights landscape studies by American artists, some of whom traveled extensively abroad. It features drawings and paintings spanning the middle of the nineteenth century through the first quarter of the twentieth, and features artists such as Frederick Edwin Church, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, and others. This highlights 173 objects from our collection.

  • In the Nursery: Wallpaper for Children's Spaces

    These wallpapers were designed to decorate rooms inhabited by children. Some feature beloved stories, such as Winnie the Pooh, Peter Rabbit, The House that Jack Built, and Mother Goose. Others highlight activites that children might enjoy, with sports motifs or scenes of travel, games, and adventure. This highlights 108 objects from our collection.

  • Bandboxes

    Popular in the United States from around 1800-1850, bandboxes were originally intended to store and transport men’s collar bands. Made of pasteboard and covered with either a wallpaper or a specially printed bandbox paper, the lively decorated containers soon began serving as hat boxes and general carryalls as well. The boxes of greatest historical interest were produced in the 1830s; these often contain scenes of historical interest such as innovations in transportation and famous entertainment venues. Cooper Hewitt's collection includes many fine examples of these rare and fascinating items. This highlights 62 objects from our collection.

  • African Textiles

    The museum’s collection of African textiles features a wide variety of traditions and techniques, including Kuba raffia embroidery from Congo, Ashanti strip weaving from Ghana, bogolanfini mudcloth from Mali, Nigerian adire indigo resists, and embroidered samplers from Morocco. In addition to textiles, the collection includes a small number of hats and examples of Zulu beadwork jewelry. This highlights 106 objects from our collection.

  • Recent Acquisitions

    Each year, many new objects are added to Cooper Hewitt's collection. The examples shown here were purchased or donated in just the last few years. They include a wide variety of media and span the Renaissance to the 21st century, reflecting the great diversity of the museum's holdings. This highlights 165 objects from our collection.

  • The Arts & Crafts Interior

    The Arts and Crafts Movement developed in England during the second half of the 19th century. Its champions embraced skilled craftsmanship and harmonious design, in part as a reaction to the rise of mass-production and industrialization. Cooper Hewitt's collection includes works by many of the movement's protagonists active in the United Kingdom and the United States, including William Morris, Walter Crane, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Christopher Dresser, and Frank Lloyd Wright. This highlights 138 objects from our collection.

  • 3D Printing

    3D printing, also known as rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing, is the creation of 3D objects from a digital CAD model. There are a variety of 3D printing processes, but most consist of the printing device depositing material, and joining or solidifying it in incremental layers. Though initially used just for prototyping, 3D printing has rapidly become a mainstream technology, both with hobbyists for quickly outputting plastic goods, and in industries as diverse as auto manufacturing and dental work. This package highlights creative uses of 3D printing from furniture to glassware, and even prosthetics. This highlights 22 objects from our collection.

  • Women Artists of the Wiener Werkstätte

    In Austria at the dawn of the twentieth century, a group of avant-garde designers and architects established the Wiener Werkstätte ("Viennese Workshops"), an organization dedicated to the production of aethestically-pleasing utilitarian objects. A significant number of female designers and makers were involved in the Wiener Werkstätte, and today Cooper Hewitt houses many examples of their work, including textiles, ceramics, and a particularly large collection of textile designs. This highlights 101 objects from our collection.

  • Architecture on Paper

    Cooper Hewitt's collection includes a wide range of drawings related to architectural practice. Included among the examples gathered here are sketches, floorplans, cross sections, internal and external elevations, presentation drawings, projections, details, and perspectival views dating from the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries. This highlights 120 objects from our collection.

  • Designer Spotlight: Jack Lenor Larsen

    Known as a master weaver, writer, traveler, collector, teacher, and tastemaker, Jack Lenor Larsen passed away on December 22, 2020. His initial studies in architecture developed into a lifelong passion for structure, exemplified most profoundly in the thousands of textiles that he designed during his seventy-year career. His technical expertise in resist-dyeing shown in Conquistador (2016-32-7) reflects his admiration for the arts of the Andes while Benin Brocade (2019-28-88) is inspired by his travels to Africa in the early 1960s. He never veered far from architecture though, collaborating with Louis Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright and many other architects and designers, culminating in his most important work--his own home, LongHouse Reserve (East Hampton, New York). Completed in 1992 with architect Charles Forberg, this was the place where he lived with art in all the forms that he admired and pursued, and made by the artists and craftspeople whom he revered and collected. This highlights 150 objects from our collection.