This exhibition was on display from March 04, 2016 to October 23, 2016.

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Mirrors have been an important element in my work for the past year. Officeman, 2015, which I created for New York Fashion Week Men’s in July, incorporated a room—a cube—of mirrors that produced an infinity effect. Given the opportunity to select from Cooper Hewitt’s collection my thoughts again turned to reflective surfaces and contouring shapes—some more than 300 years old. I was drawn to their unparalleled craftsmanship in the same way that I appreciate the quality of superbly tailored clothing---fine detail, exceptional material, and unique character. These objects are sometimes expressive of a particular time-period, but all are uniformly timeless in their function. Mirrors are frames for self-examination. Frames establish borders and hone focus. In this installation I invite visitors to explore their reflections, to see the confident side of themselves, and to ultimately appreciate their individuality.

  • Mirror, 1730–1760
  • engraved and silvered glass; carved, gessoed, and gilt wood.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1915-16-8-a
  • Mirror, 1730–1760
  • engraved and silvered glass, carved, gessoed, and gilt wood.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1915-16-8-b
  • Mirror, ca. 1790
  • japanned wood, mirrored plate glass.
  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.
  • 1926-22-230
  • Mirror, Mid-19th century
  • repoussé and chased silver, mirrored plate glass.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1931-64-12
  • Mirror, ca. 1755
  • carved mahogany and mahogany veneered carved gessoed and gilt pine, silvered....
  • Gift of Neil Sellin.
  • 1967-87-6-a,b
  • Mirror, ca. 1760
  • carved, gessoed and gilt pine, mirrored glass.
  • Bequest of Mary Hayward Weir.
  • 1968-158-4
  • Pair Of Mirrors, ca. 1890
  • carved mahogany and mahogany veneer, mirrored glass.
  • Bequest of Mary Hayward Weir.
  • 1968-158-18-a,b
  • Mirror (France), ca. 1925
  • cast and patinated bronze with beveled mirrored plate glass.
  • Gift of Stanley Siegel, from the Stanley Siegel Collection.
  • 1975-32-1
  • Mirror (USA), ca. 1974
  • molded and gilt plaster on wood, mirrored plate glass.
  • Gift of Thomas Ettinghausen in memory of Richard Ettinghausen.
  • 1990-169-1
  • Hand Mirror, 1890–1910
  • rolled, cast, repoussé and punched silver, mirrored glass, steel.
  • Gift of Fong Chow.
  • 1996-109-2
  • Mirror, ca. 1910
  • cast brass, beveled mirrored glass.
  • Gift of Gerald G. Stiebel and Penelope Hunter-Stiebel.
  • 2013-49-23
This object has not been digitized yet.
  • Mirror, ca. 1860
  • carved, gessoed and gilt wood, mirrored glass, metal.
  • Gift of Unknown Donor.
  • n-a-5059
  • Frame, ca. 1820
  • cast and blackened bronze.
  • Gift of Jacob H. Schiff.
  • 1904-20-82
  • Frame, ca. 1780
  • cast and gilt bronze.
  • Gift of Jacob H. Schiff.
  • 1904-20-100
  • Frame, ca. 1800
  • cast and gilt bronze.
  • Gift of Jacob H. Schiff.
  • 1904-20-101
  • Frame, ca. 1760
  • cast and gilt bronze.
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council.
  • 1909-25-59
  • Frame, 1710-30
  • cast and fire-gilt bronze.
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council.
  • 1910-30-33
  • Frame, ca. 1745
  • cast and fire-gilt bronze.
  • Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council.
  • 1910-30-34