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Signs of the Times: Producing the Symbol Sourcebook

Written by Dr. Sue Perks In conjunction with the exhibition Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols, designer and researcher Sue Perks offers an expansive look into the Henry Dreyfuss Archive held at...

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Signs of the Times: How the Symbol Sourcebook Works

Written by Dr. Sue Perks In conjunction with the exhibition Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols, designer and researcher Sue Perks offers an expansive look into the Henry Dreyfuss Archive held at...

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Signs of the Times: Interview with Pam Holaday

Written by Dr. Sue Perks In conjunction with the exhibition Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols, designer and researcher Sue Perks offers an expansive look into the Henry Dreyfuss Archive held at...

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Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride Flag at the Smithsonian

In 2023, Cooper Hewitt hung the Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride flag on its south-facing facade. The installation celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month and demonstrates the evolution of inclusivity in the...

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From the Collection: Queer Modernisms and Beyond

In observance of Pride month, Cooper Hewitt’s curatorial departments have selected a group of objects with LGBTQ+ stories to feature on the museum’s collection site. These objects are loosely connected...

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Synthetic Material Identification in Dorothy Liebes Textile Samples

Written by Kira Eng-Wilmot and Janet Lee Fig. 1 Sample card, ca. 1967; Twill-woven wool, acrylic, nylon; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Gift of the Estate of Dorothy Liebes Morin,...

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Signs of the Times: Symbol Sourcebook Chronology

Written by Dr. Sue Perks In conjunction with the exhibition Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols, designer and researcher Sue Perks offers an expansive look into the Henry Dreyfuss Archive held at...

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Signs of the Times: Neiman Marcus’s Symbol Merchandise

Written by Dr. Sue Perks In conjunction with the exhibition Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols, designer and researcher Sue Perks offers an expansive look into the Henry Dreyfuss Archive held at...

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Signs of the Times: Context Is Everything

Written by Dr. Sue Perks In conjunction with the exhibition Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols, designer and researcher Sue Perks offers an expansive look into the Henry Dreyfuss Archive held at...

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Evolving Digital Collections and Their Stewardship: Stamen’s Watercolor Maps

Written by Andrea Lipps, Jessica Walthew, and Eric Rodenbeck In 2021, Cooper Hewitt collected the Smithsonian’s first live website, Stamen Design’s Watercolor Maps, into its Digital Curatorial...

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Signs of the Times: Questions for Vogue

Written by Dr. Sue Perks In conjunction with the exhibition Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols, designer and researcher Sue Perks offers an expansive look into the Henry Dreyfuss Archive held at...

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Signs of the Times: A Reminder about Isotype

Written by Dr. Sue Perks In conjunction with the exhibition Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols, designer and researcher Sue Perks offers an expansive look into the Henry Dreyfuss Archive held at...

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Signs of the Times: Breaking the Language Barrier

Written by Dr. Sue Perks In conjunction with the exhibition Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols, designer and researcher Sue Perks offers an expansive look into the Henry Dreyfuss Archive held at...

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A Closer Look: Porcelain Restoration

Accompanying the exhibition Acquired! Shaping the National Design Collection, Cooper Hewitt’s conservators offer a closer look into the process of preparing collection objects for display and long-term...

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Signs of the Times: Who Should Produce the Symbol Sourcebook?

Written by Dr. Sue Perks In conjunction with the exhibition Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols, designer and researcher Sue Perks offers an expansive look into the Henry Dreyfuss Archive held at...

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Signs of the Times: Correction(s)

Written by Dr. Sue Perks In conjunction with the exhibition Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols, designer and researcher Sue Perks offers an expansive look into the Henry Dreyfuss Archive held at...

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