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Cooper Hewitt / Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer

Cooper Hewitt / Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer

11/11/2021 - 11/15/2021
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Hailed in his lifetime as “the poster king,” E. McKnight Kauffer (American, 1890–1954) believed that the street was an art gallery for the people. Explore the largest-ever retrospective to examine the designer’s impact and legacy across media. Organized chronologically in 10 sections, the exhibition traces Kauffer’s career from his beginnings as a painter to his transformation into an internationally renowned commercial artist.

Presented by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the exhibition features more than 150 design objects, ranging from riveting posters promoting revolutions in transportation to book jackets and illustrations for the most influential publications of the time, as well as groundbreaking abstract designs for theatrical productions, carpets, film titles, and more.

Learn more at https://www.cooperhewitt.org/channel/kauffer/.


11/11/2021 - 11/15/2021
10:00 am - 6:00 pm EST


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st St
New York, NY 10128 United States
Event Format
Live (indoor)
Event Type
Exhibition, Installation
Open to Public
Design Discipline
Architecture, Graphics and Branding, Interior Design