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“Pretentious. Boring. Have I Already Said Pretentious?”

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Ranked #94 of 1,078 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. After a three-year renovation, the museum re-opened in December 2014 with exhibitions featuring a rich mix of design objects from our permanent collection, unique temporary installations, and dynamic interactive experiences. We also have an exciting calendar of events, including hands-on workshops, talks, and family programs.
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“Pretentious. Boring. Have I Already Said Pretentious?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2009

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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“A must see for any design lover!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2007

I'm an artist/graphic designer when I'm not working on web sites or programming. The combination of inspiring design and the abundant use of technology made my entire vacation. Their current show, the National Design Triennial, was a great look into design over the past few years. It was great to see works by toy companies, architecture firms and even the MIT Media Lab. Not to mention some incredible works on traditional mediums like printing on cloth. Highly recommended for the geeks and graphic designers who visit NYC.

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