This exhibition started on March 18, 2022 and is on display until August 28, 2022.

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Duro Olowu Selects is the twentieth installment in Cooper Hewitt's Selects series, which invites designers, writers, and cultural figures to explore and interpret objects in the museum's collection. This exhibition is curated by Nigerian-British designer Duro Olowu, who has received international recognition for his eponymous fashion label, textile designs, and curatorial work, which take inspiration from art and artists both known and unknown, his curious and discerning eye, and his cosmopolitan perspective.


Olowu's exhibition highlights the theme of pattern and repetition throughout Cooper Hewitt's collection, demonstrating how designers, artists and makers have relied on pattern to express ideas, preserve heritage, capture attention, and construct objects and environments.


From Olowu's perspective, "Patterns are somewhat of a hidden dialogue, a means of understanding how cultural shifts occur across time and place. They open a window to how knowledge and aesthetics are shared across the globe. When we look at pattern, we don't just see stripes, polka dots, or other geometrical layering, we see each other."



Duro Olowu Selects includes an international selection of works spanning the 17th-21st centuries, from the artisanal to the industrial. Together, they amplify pattern as a key element of the design process and suggest Cooper Hewitt's collection as an evolving expression of both the appreciation and the appropriation of global making traditions for an American audience of practitioners, patrons, and the general public.



  

The term "Unidentified Maker" appears on object labels in this exhibition when an individual or team of creative partners has not been documented by the museum. The maker's identity may have been unrecorded, unacknowledged, or lost in historical records and untraceable.

  • Print, The Chair
  • lithograph on paper.
  • Gift of International Business Machines Corp..
  • 1969-124-1
  • Doily
  • linen.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
  • 2018-4-1-2
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Drawing, Design for a Comb
  • pen and sepia ink, brush and gray watercolor on paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-744
  • Drawing, Design for an Earring
  • pen and sepia ink, brush and gray watercolor on paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-746
  • Drawing, Design for an Earring
  • pen and sepia ink, brush and gray watercolor on paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-747
  • Drawing, Design for an Earring
  • pen and ink, brush and gray watercolor on paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-748
  • Drawing, Design for an Earring
  • pen and ink, brush and gray watercolor on paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-883
  • Drawing, Design for an Earring
  • pen and sepia ink, brush and gray watercolor on paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
  • 1938-88-912
  • Tunic (Italy)
  • silk, ceramic beads.
  • Gift of Mrs. Cole Younger.
  • 1959-109-4
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Ribbon (France)
  • silk, metal.
  • Anonymous bequest in memory of Albert and Rebecca Elsberg.
  • 1938-82-115-a/f
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 12 images of this object.
  • Textile, Pagan Magic
  • cotton.
  • American Textile History Museum Collection, museum purchase through gift of....
  • 2016-35-27
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Panel (India)
  • silk embroidery on cotton foundation.
  • Gift of Provident Securities Company from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. William....
  • 1955-133-37
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Dress (Argentina)
  • chaguar fiber (bromeliad family).
  • Museum purchase from Friends of Textiles Fund.
  • 2011-17-1
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.