Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color

May 11, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Image: Poster, Specimen, 2008; Designed by Fanette Mellier (French, b. 1977); France; offset lithograph on paper; 175 x 118.6 cm (5 ft. 8 7/8 in. x 46 11/16 in.); Gift of Fanette Mellier; 2013-18-1; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY

2nd Floor, Permanent Collection Galleries

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

Co-curated by Jennifer Cohlman Bracchi, librarian at Smithsonian Libraries, and Susan Brown, associate curator of textiles at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.