This exhibition was on display from June 09, 2017 to January 21, 2018.

There were 45 objects in this exhibition but right now we can only show you 39 of them. Some objects may not be viewable because they were on loan; this might be due to issues involving image rights or simply because there is no digitized image for the objects.

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This exhibit is about people, culture, and design evolving.

This exhibit is about people, culture, and design devolving.

This exhibit is about people, culture, and design simultaneously evolving and devolving.

All of the objects in this room reflect a juncture in design where values, forms, and relationships broke down and new iterations emerged.

I call it d+evolution.

In preparing this exhibit, I myself have gone through a d+evolution:
From bass-playing, singer–songwriter to curator and piano “re-imaginer.”

D+evolution happens in life as well as in design. THAT is what this exhibit is really about.
Each little undoing of what we know—or who we think we are—prompts a next step in our evolution toward what we become.

The design of who we are is constantly devolving and evolving—from environment to environment, idea to idea, style to style—simultaneously breaking down while building up what it means to be you, me, and we.
This exhibit is a celebration of d+evolution.

As you explore the gallery, you’ll be accompanied by four pieces of music d+evolved from one of the pieces of sheet music to your right.

Enjoy, and may your state of being forever be d+evolving!

–Esperanza Emily Spalding

  • Drawing (USA)
  • color pencil, graphite on cream wove paper.
  • 1982-25-65
  • Thebes Stool, ca. 1884
  • mahogany, leather.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisitions Fund, in memory....
  • 1993-78-2
  • Tuskers Pair Of Earrings, 1993
  • painted and incised soapstone, bent wire, glass beads.
  • Gift of Cordelia Rose in honor of David McFadden.
  • 1995-150-2-a,b
  • Trans... Armchair, 2007
  • wicker, iron, found objects (plastic, rubber).
  • Commissioned from the designers by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
  • 2007-46-1
  • Robe, ca. 1900
  • silk, cotton.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Paul F. Walter and from General Acquisitions....
  • 2015-17-1