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Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color

  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 2 East 91st Street New York, NY, 10128 United States (map)

Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color 

Saturated explores the elusive, complex phenomenon of color perception and how it has captivated artists, designers, scientists, and sages. Featuring over 190 objects spanning antiquity to the present from the extraordinary collections of Smithsonian Libraries and Cooper Hewitt, the exhibition reveals how designers apply the theories of the world’s greatest color thinkers to bring order and excitement to the visual world.

he works of color innovators, such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Massimo Vignelli, and Hella Jongerius, demonstrate design’s continuing investigation of new materials, technologies, and techniques, while recent acquisitions for the collection point to future directions.



Sample, Decor I Series, Square, 1969 cotton. This object was made by Mira-X International Furnishings, Inc.