Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Jazz Age at the Cooper Hewitt

John and I dropped into the newly renovated Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
at number 2 East 91st Street on the Museum Mile in New York City
to see The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920's.
The show was on the spacious new galleries on the 2nd floor.
Visitors are greeted by this gorgeous Deco couch backed by the hanging textile, Le Feu (Fire), 1931. Let's take a little tour of the offerings on view.
Day Dress, 1919-20
Chandelier, ca 1925 and Dining Chair, 1925
Actaeon, 1925, Paul Manship
Drawing, Jazz Dancers, ca. 1928, Paul Colin
How about this Deco textile of New York City or
  this Diana Huntress textile (USA), 1920-29
We loved this poster for shoes, UNIC, 1932 ( lithograph) by A. M. Cassandre
and this bookcover design, 1930,  for Paul Morand's New York.
Or how about this amazing Cubic Coffee Service, 1927!
Desk and Bookcase with Side Chair and Blotter, ca. 1927.
Sideboard and armchair by Kem Weber Group, 1928-29 and a Deco radio, 1932.
Surely we could all use this Daybed, 1933-35 by designer; Frederick Kiesler.
A small side room displayed amazing small treasures from the Collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan like this Cigarette Case And Matchbox, ca. 1920, carved rock crystal, round and cabochon rubies and gold.
I've always been a fan of Deco ceramics like Vase, ca. 1924
and Die Frucht, ca 1925.
John admires the gleaming details of Ten panel screen, Renards (Foxes), ca 1921-22.
This little girl took to this little room where you could make your own textile design. These polka dots were just the beginning of her clever play.
Before leaving I stepped out into the private patio, lawn and gardens
with early blooming wisteria
and then rejoined John in the elegant sunroom to return to 5th Avenue.


  1. Could we move the daybed to the sunroom and have coffee brought in the cubic set?
    Fabulous daydream. Thanks for the photos!