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Around Town : Sonia Delaunay

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If you're expecting visitors in the next few months, our intern Whitney has a great suggestion: a trip to the Cooper-Hewitt.

"My mom came to New York for a visit last week, and we spent several days wandering around the city's neighborhoods, sampling the best of what each has to offer.

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All images copyright 2011 Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, a Smithsonian Institution

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One of the highlights of our week as tourists was a fantastic exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt museum, Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay. The exhibition, in addition to the museum's stunning architecture, is a feast for the eyes.

Sonia Delaunay was a prominent Jewish-French artist and designer whose work spans a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, textiles, and fashion. This particular collection includes a number of vibrantly colored textile samples and their corresponding sketches, as well as innovative and fashionable garments (my personal favorite is a knit bathing suit!) from the 1920s and '30s. Delaunay was known as a passionate and immensely talented figure in the development of abstract art. It is easy to delight in her use of bold, smart color palettes and lively patterns.

Perhaps you will find some inspiration in a few of her mouth-watering pieces."

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