The Carnegie Mansion, a delightful house where the Cooper-Hewitt is situated, was partially disfigured to show their collections. But which collections? Right now, what we have is an exposition on material research - INDUSTRY - not Design.
And the pretentiousness . . . You are almost ostensibly followed by employees of the Museum - too much of them (Indians, mostly - nothing (really!) against them, but their only apparent function is to make sure you do not touch anything - the signs are clear, why more?, do not photograph anything (already, plenty of signs) and to have affixed, to your clothes, an adhesive meaning that you have paid the $15 entrance fee. Pay and show the proof. I almost affixed mine to my forehead . . . ). They certainly know nothing about design . . .
The Shop was a deception, too. Lots of books which everyone in the field knows, all at inflated prices. Want to buy a decorative object or clothes or an accessory? Forget about it!
The second "star"goes for the only installation, on the glass room, where creative design was used.
This museum needs a change in direction if it pretends to be relevant again.
Right now, don't lose your time with them, NYC has lots of better design on it's streets to show. Free. And most of then you will be able to photograph, if desired
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