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Acquired! Shaping the National Design Collection Exhibition

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum presents “Acquired! Shaping the National Design Collection,” an exhibition highlighting how the museum acquires new work to shape the collection to better reflect current issues and design’s evolving role in daily interactions. Staged on the second-floor galleries, the exhibition features more than 150 works, including objects that represent the museum’s collecting legacy, as well as works brought into the collection since 2017 that demonstrate what it means to be a design museum today.

The exhibition begins with a juxtaposition of an ancient Egyptian lotus-shaped cup and the original coronavirus model—among the oldest and newest acquisitions in the collection—both of which are symbols of their time and share a story about how people understand the world around them.

Highlights:

  • A projection of Watercolor Maps (2012–2015), the first acquisition of a live website into the collection. Visitors will be able to zoom in on particular cities across the world through this web-based, open-source mapping tool designed by Stamen Design that displays OpenStreetMap’s data with the hand-hewn textures of watercolor paint.
  • A series of posters by Jésus Ruiz Durand, created between 1969 and 1972, which are focused on the agrarian reform movement in Peru. These posters created an extraordinarily colorful and hopeful visual campaign that looked to op art (optical art) and pop art for inspiration.
  • Faith Ringgold’s 1971 Black feminist poster that adapts the patterning of Kuba textiles from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ringgold presents a puzzle of words, WOMAN/FREE/YOUR/SELF, each contained within a triangle that individually resonates as a shout and all together becomes a call to action.
  • Jay Sae Jung Oh’s Savage Chair (2021), composed of found household objects and discarded everyday items that she has meticulously bound together and laboriously hand-wrapped in leather cord.
  • Fernando Mastrangelo’s Rainbow Sprinkle Drum Stool (2017), which uses multi-color sugar sprinkles to create a dynamic static effect while offering a commentary on excess and indulgence in contemporary society.
  • Nick Cave’s design for the wallcovering “Wire” (2022), which was digitally printed using matte ink on a metallic mylar ground to create the effect of a furry surface.
  • A 1947 Floor Lamp by Greta Magnusson Grossman, who was pivotal in shaping the visual vocabulary of California midcentury modern design.
  • Textile, Van Gogh (designed late 1950s), by Trinidadian artist and designer, Althea McNish, who achieved international recognition in the 1950s and onward for her colorful furnishing and fashion fabrics that often depicted the tropical landscape of her homeland.
  • “Girls” (1972) by Alexander Girard, which was designed as part of the Environmental Enrichment Panels series, which were intended to create a more playful and cheerful workspace.
  • Charles Reilly’s 2019 digital video, “Choreography of Life,” exemplifies his multidisciplinary creativity as a visual artist and molecular biophysicist. His work uses the design process of creating molecular dynamic simulations to investigate and explore.
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