Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/exhibitions/2318794481/

Rebeca Méndez Selects

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793441/

  • skin (male), mounted
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793481/

  • Smithsonian Libraries, F1230.C82 1828

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793689/

  • ink on paper
  • Courtesy of Rebeca Méndez

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793444/

  • skin (female)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793445/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793475/

  • Smithsonian Libraries, QL674.L65 1806

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793447/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793448/

  • skin (female)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18702085/

  • melamine
  • Gift of John and Paul Herzan
  • circles
  • container
  • dining
  • drinking
  • curved
  • eggs
  • minimalism
  • round
  • simple
  • eating
  • food
  • smooth
  • stacking
  • plastic

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18429545/

  • carved egg shell (ostrich)
  • Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde
  • decoration
  • continents
  • reflection
  • eggs
  • Africa
  • imperialism

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18617539/

  • Designed by Paul Rand
  • offset lithograph on white wove paper
  • Gift of Various Donors
  • communication
  • graphic design
  • advertising
  • display
  • exhibition
  • square
  • eggs
  • splotches
  • conference poster

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18445967/

  • silk
  • Gift of Edna H. Bahr
  • waves
  • mountains
  • women's clothing
  • cranes
  • roundel
  • women
  • diagonal lines
  • nobility
  • China
  • chinese

Everything about this coat makes it seem as if its wearer could take flight—its light silk medium, the silhouette that gives the illusion of a soaring bird, and the profusion of cranes amidst the clouds. In Chinese culture, the crane is a revered bird symbolizing longevity. The number five, present here in the five roundels that each contain five cranes, represents the elements of Chinese philosophy (water, fire, earth, wood, and metal) and has historically been associated with the Emperor. As such, this garment likely belonged to a woman of elevated status.

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/35460957/

  • Designed by Rebeca Méndez
  • archival inkjet print on paper
  • Gift of Rebeca Méndez
  • flight

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18805547/

  • glazed porcelain
  • Gift of Dr. J. William Fielding
  • wings
  • flight
  • ceramic
  • illusion

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793449/

  • skin (male), wing
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/51497591/

  • Designed by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
  • flight muscles: piezoelectric ceramic, carbon fiber, and alumina ceramic; wings: polyester film membrane stretched over a carbon-fiber composite frame; wing transmission: polyimide-film flexural hinges with carbon-fiber rigid links; body: carbon-fiber an
  • Gift of Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • wings
  • metal
  • biomorphic
  • insects
  • exploration
  • innovative
  • electronics
  • bees
  • observation
  • sustainability
  • environment
  • drones
  • robotic
  • small

The world’s first insect-scale flying robot has a wingspan of 3 cm (1  in.) and is the approximate weight of a honeybee, its source of inspiration. Harvard researchers were responding to the alarming collapse of bee colonies worldwide and wanted to replicate their swarming behavior. Other applications include search-and-rescue missions, environmental sensors, and covert surveillance.

This object is currently on display in room 105 in Carnegie Mansion.

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18449099/

  • Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer
  • graphite, brush and silver oil and blue gouache on heavy cream paper
  • birds
  • geometric
  • flight
  • mail
  • speed

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18449101/

  • Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer
  • graphite, brush and blue and black gouache on heavy, white tracing paper
  • Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer
  • birds
  • geometric
  • flight
  • mail
  • diagonal
  • post office
  • colorscript
  • simplexity
  • speed

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18449107/

  • Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer
  • graphite, pen and black ink, brush and black ink and white gouache on heavy white wove paper
  • Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer
  • design
  • animals
  • birds
  • black and white
  • geometric
  • flattened form
  • preliminary

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793471/

  • skin (female)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793470/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793469/

  • skin (immature male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18386309/

  • label: tooled leather, silk velvet embroidered with metallic yarns and metal beads, silk tassel
  • Museum purchase through gift of Elsie De Wolfe
  • hunting
  • falcon
  • birds
  • leather
  • plume
  • hunters
  • falconer

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18492313/

  • bamboo
  • Gift of Arata Isozaki
  • Japanese
  • bamboo
  • birdcage

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793457/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793458/

  • skin (sex unknown)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793459/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793460/

  • skin (female)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793482/

  • hand-colored engraving on paper
  • Smithsonian Libraries, QH60.G77 1818  

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18627817/

  • sunbird head, gold
  • Gift of Janet Mavec and Sandra Ventura-Pauly
  • personal adornment
  • jewelry
  • bird

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18391983/

  • engraving on laid paper
  • hunting
  • ostrich

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18718275/

  • Designed by Donald A. Wallance
  • wood
  • Gift of David and Gregory Wallance
  • prototype

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18718277/

  • Designed by Donald A. Wallance
  • wood
  • Gift of David and Gregory Wallance
  • prototype

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18718283/

  • Designed by Donald A. Wallance
  • balsa wood
  • Gift of David and Gregory Wallance
  • prototype

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793484/

  • woodcut on paper
  • Smithsonian Libraries, QH41.I47 1599

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793466/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793467/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793468/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793474/

  • letterpress with collage on paper
  • Smithsonian Libraries, QC495.2.R54 1912

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18658321/

  • block-printed paper, satin ground
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor
  • wallpaper

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18383445/

  • Manufactured by Zuber & Cie
  • block-printed paper
  • Gift of James J. Rorimer

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793478/

  • Smithsonian Libraries, QL696.G2 B26X 1918

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793477/

  • lithograph on paper
  • Smithsonian Libraries, QL696.P7L43 1832

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18672487/

  • brush and gouache on paper
  • Gift of Nathan Chaikin
  • wing
  • preparatory drawing

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793446/

  • skin (male), wing
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18739899/

  • 53% ramie, 47% polyester
  • Gift of Knoll Textiles

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18707917/

  • Designed by June Swindell
  • Manufactured by Salt.
  • cotton, viscose
  • Gift of June Swindell, Salt UK Ltd.
  • textile
  • woven
  • intertwined
  • sheer
  • interwoven
  • striated

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793450/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793451/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793452/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793453/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793454/

  • skin (female)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18802847/

  • hammered steel nails, raised gold, silver, mother-of-pearl
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Funds and General Acquisition Endowment
  • illusionistic
  • gold
  • women's fashion accessories
  • mother of pearl
  • organic
  • personal adornment
  • women
  • adornment
  • traditional
  • metal
  • accessories
  • jewelry
  • radial
  • texture
  • biomorphic
  • movement
  • unexpected shapes
  • hammered

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793462/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793463/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18643149/

  • feathers laminated in plastic
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund
  • feathers
  • jewelry
  • laminated

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793479/

  • Smithsonian Libraries, TP908.P32X 1888

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18452239/

  • Designed by Lenore Tawney
  • linen, feathers
  • Gift of Lenore Tawney
  • personal
  • feathers
  • woven

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793464/

  • skin (female)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793465/

  • skin (female)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793456/

  • skin (female), wing
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/554917321/

  • Designed by Arthur Hash
  • 3d-printed nylon
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • wings
  • feathers
  • layered
  • ruffed
  • 3-D printed

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18429667/

  • engraving on laid paper

This European 16th-century print is from a series illustrating recent inventions and technological advancements that would aid in the advancement of Europe. The inclusion of The Discovery of America suggests that the conquest of the New World would be similarly exploited for European benefit. Amerigo Vespucci here sets foot for the first time in the New World and encounters an indigenous woman, “America” herself. He is fully dressed, including wearing armor under his robe, and in possession of various markers of power, religion, and navigation, while America rises as if from slumber, nude except for a feathered loincloth and headdress. Vespucci’s accounts of his travels in the New World led to the formulation of the stereotypes of American primitiveness, including nudity and cannibalism.

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18429645/

  • pastel on paper mounted on canvas
  • continents
  • pastel
  • women designers

Personification of America is part of a popular 18th-century series of allegorical depictions of the Four Continents (Africa, America, Asia, and Europe) by Rosalba Carriera. These suites were so in demand in the 18th century that at least five sets by Carriera are thought to reside in museum collections today. Her version of “America” repeats the traditional clichés of partial nudity and feathered ornamentation, and adds to them interpretations of New World weaponry, notably spears and arrows.

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18653947/

  • Designed by Rebeca Méndez
  • screenprint on white wove paper
  • Gift of Rebeca Mendez
  • woman
  • body

Created for the Second International Poster Biennial in Mexico City with the theme, “America Now, 500 Years Later,” I examine how colonialism is experienced in the body—both as the receiver of its numbing iron fist and its capacity to resist and recover from this trauma. I also chose to challenge the celebration of the so-called “conquest” and reduce Columbus’s ships to a decorative wallpaper element in the background.

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/35460259/

  • porcelain, enameled and gilded decoration
  • Gift of the Estate of James Hazen Hyde
  • continents
  • porcelain

Following the incursions of Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci onto the continent, America began to feature in European allegorical representations of the known world. “She” was most often portrayed as a semi-nude indigenous woman adorned with feathers and accompanied by birds, crocodiles, and other exotic animals. This representation promoted the perception of the New World as lush, exotic, and docile—suited to conquest. Despite her elaborate feathered cape, skirt, and headdress, Meissen’s depiction of America—made by its most celebrated modeler—is still bare-breasted. While most Europeans would not have actually journeyed to the Americas, expedition chronicles helped to cement these tropes, which appeared frequently in works of art and design made in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries.

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793442/

  • skin (female)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793443/

  • skin (male)
  • Courtesy of Division of Birds, NMNH

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18672489/

  • brush and gouache on paper
  • Gift of Nathan Chaikin
  • wing
  • preparatory drawing

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793483/

  • Smithsonian Libraries, QL681.B16 1860

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795225/

  • Designed by Fernando Mastrangelo
  • sand, silica, crystal quartz, glass, rock salt, porcelain
  • Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio

Rebeca Méndez Selects

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795226/

  • Designed by Fernando Mastrangelo
  • sand, silica, crystal quartz, glass, rock salt, porcelain
  • Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio