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Cooper Hewitt Exhibition Dives Deep Into the Origin and Innovations of Color

In the coming weeks, those of us in the northern hemisphere will hopefully be surrounded by Mother Nature’s palette. For extra doses, there’s “Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color,” opening May 11 at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. Expanding upon “Color in a New Light” from last year, the exhibition features more than 190 objects from the Smithsonian Libraries and Cooper Hewitt collections, organized into seven sections that explore the origins and innovations in our visual world, from antiquity to today. The color collaboration section, for example, includes a French earthenware plate from the 1920s, while creating colors showcases a 3-D printed urn from 2012. The exhibition is being designed by Field Guide.

A 1967 poster for the Miller Blues Band designed by Victor Moscoso is on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.
French glazed earthenware plate, circa 1920s.
David Tisdale’s 1986 Picnic flatware in anodized aluminum.
A Knoll International poster by Massimo Vignelli, 1967.
Michael Eden’s 2012 Tall Green Bloom Urn in 3-D printed nylon.
J.B. Schmetterling (Butterfly) Hanging Lamp, 2011.
iMac Computer With Keyboard And Mouse, 1999.
New York City Subway Map, 2008.
Signature Princess Telephone, 1993.

 

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