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New York City  |  Friday April 20

Private Tour  |  Wallcoverings Department at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum    2 E 91 St  |  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Wallcoverings Department at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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What spurred Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt in 1900 to start collecting what is today the largest collection of wallcoverings in North America?

Assistant Curator, Greg Herringshaw will detail the history of this fascinating and scholarly collection at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, which was initially formed to educate students and designers.

While originally focused on three main collecting areas including gilt leathers, antique French wallpapers, and American bandboxes, today the collection has a much broader scope and numbers over 10,000 pieces dating from the late 17th century to today.

Wallpapers reflect world events and trends in social history, as well as economic and technological changes, ranging from luxury goods printed with wood blocks to goods mass-produced on high-speed printing presses.

Royal Oak will get "behind the glass" access to many of the important pieces in the collection, from early pieces acquired by the Hewitt Sisters, to the drapery border reproduced for the renovation of the Blue Room in the Clinton White House.

Greg will also show us pieces that convey some milestones in British wallpaper design, such as an early washable children's paper, Lincrusta-Walton from the Rockefeller mansion, and other classic and contemporary British designs.

We will also experience the Immersion Room, which allows visitors to browse the wallpaper collection digitally, and project it onto the walls of the room, recreating the physical experience intended by the wallpaper's designer.

LOCATION: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street

CHARGE: $40 Supporting-level members and above

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New York City  |  Friday April 20

Private Tour  |  Wallcoverings Department at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum    2 E 91 St  |  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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