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Aluminum by Design: Jewelry to Jets

March 20, 2001 – July 15, 2001

Museum: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Location: 1st Floor

On view are more than 100 objects that trace aluminum's first appearance in precious and fine jewelry through early modernist uses in architecture and interiors to its present and envisioned role in aeronautics and other major industries. Highlights include an ornate table centerpiece presented to Emperor Napoleon III, a Paco Rabanne mini dress from 1968, and Claire Graham's 1997 chaise longue made of recycled soda cans. On loan from the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, the exhibit will travel.