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Have you ever walked into a museum and felt overwhelmed? You want to read about all the art in the museum, but there is no time, or it’s too crowded. You take pictures of all the art, thinking you’ll read all those little art blurbs later…even though you know they are going to get lost on your hard drive. Well Cooper Hewitt has found the solution. SEE art, COLLECT art, and ACCESS the art on your own time!
The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, also known as the “museum of the future,” is such a unique interactive experience! When you first walk in, it feels like you are walking into a mansion (which it is).
Background about the museum: Andrew Mason Carnegie built this 64 – room mansion in 1899, and in 1976, it became the Cooper Hewitt Museum. There were a number of challenges with recreating the space into a more suitable museum setting, but after three years of renovations (and $91 million dollars later), the museum is back in action, ready to be a part of the digital age!
The entry fee is only $5.00 (USD)! Honestly this is such a great deal for this museum. After paying, the museum associate hands you the tool that makes all the magic happen: THE INTERACTIVE PEN.
The pen has two functions: the first is that you can go around the museum and literally collect works of art by pressing your pen up against the interactive codes next to the pieces. The pen then stores them in a digital database that you can later access at home (with a specific code).
The second function is an interactive ‘smart’ stylus that you use to draw and drag objects on the touch-screen tables located throughout the museum. There are also art stations that have paper and computer activities that help to enhance your understanding of the exhibits.
How to collect the art:
Press and Hold the pen up against the symbol on the wall next to the art pieces. A light flashes, the pen buzzes and huzzah! The image or text is saved.
Accessing the Art:
Some of the Current Exhibits:
Fragile Beasts: A beautiful collection of prints and drawings; intricate and thought provoking
The Immersion Room: Using your interactive pen, you basically design your own wallpaper, and it comes to life in the room! I wasn’t able to get too many pictures, but either way the pictures would not have done this much justice!
Pixar: The Design of Story: THIS WAS A GREAT COLLECTION!
A. Energizing the Everyday: Modernism at its finest. Also a nice compliment to the Incredibles set design module in the Pixar exhibit.
B. Thom Browne: Fashion, mirrors and identity, all in one. Need I say more?
C. Models and Prototypes: Amazing recreations of complex staircases…I can ‘stair’ at these for hours…
D. The Garden and Café are also really lovely furniture and features outside of the Museum. A great ending point after the fun digital journey!
ART ANYWHERE CARD:
Since this Museum was all about collecting artwork and saving them for later, this card was a perfect match!
Here are some of the titles that I will be using (not in order):
Here is MY STORY: The Elements of Design
Since when did we sit on body parts? Oh right, since forever. But where is the line? Should there even be a line? What is a line?
______ ← That’s a line. Right?
. . . . . . . ← Or is this a line?
o o o o o ← Now you’re just messing with me…right?
What if your arm was an option? What if when you were developing in your mother’s womb, and there was some guy in there (of course it’s a guy right), and he was handling the assembly line. “O.k. let’s see…we need two ears, two eyes, nose, mouth…check, check. Collarbones, good, yes…hmm, one arm or two? Let’s go with one this time. One arm will be able to provide enough gestures for this little embryo.
And as the little embryo grows, we sit on it. We sit on this little mass, and it’s quite comfortable. We take up a lot of space.
Speaking of which, why does the tongue take up so much space in our mouth? Some people have big mouths and some people have small mouths, but either way the tongue is always just BIG. Not very smart thinking on the manufacture’s part. Have you ever touched your tongue? So many things touch our tongue, yet do we actually take a second to see what it feels like? What textures are there? No? But apparently we sit in our tongue chairs, so we must be touching them, right? Have looked at your tongue in the mirror?
What about your hands? Though your hands might be holding the mirror you’re using to look at your tongue. Put the mirror down and look at your hands for a second. Have you ever noticed the spaces in between your fingers? Forget the fingers, everyone always talks about ’em. Look at the spaces in between them. Don’t they look like unfinished shapes? Triangles without the base, falling into each other…how have we not crumbled?
What do you touch with your hands? What do you see with your hands? Do you see colours? Do the colours just light up in front of you, like pillola lamps? Do pills pop up? Why do hands itch for colour, why do they itch to turn on pillola lamps? Do your hands itch for colour? Where do we draw the line? Where do you draw the line. If there was a body part right in front of you…would you sit on it?
Hope you enjoyed my story! Was listening to Nell and Nujabes while writing this, good stuff. (There was a lot of jumping around from topics, but that was purposeful hehe).
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Location: 2 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128
The museum was pretty easy to get to; took the E from Penn Station to Lexington and 53rd, and then the 6 to 86 Street and walked up and over towards Central Park. The museum kind of looks like a mansion from the outside o_O. Close to the MET, Guggenheim and Jewish Museum, you can do a nice little museum tour if you are up for it!
Everyone should go check out this museum!