To most of us, the boundaries of origami are pretty well established: You have your cranes, your elephants, and your paper footballs. But hundreds of artists around the world use origami as a technical framework for making original art—and now, 88 of those artists are getting a high-profile show of their work.

At New York's Cooper Union this month, an exhibit called Surface to Structure will bring together nearly one hundred pieces of contemporary origami, ranging from fashion to animals to avant-garde art. The exhibition was funded on Indie Go-Go, and it's a tribute to the school's famed 1959 origami exhibition, Plane Geometry and Fancy Figures—the first origami exhibition to ever be staged in the US. The idea behind Surface to Structure is to show how the artform has evolved since.


The opening is this Thursday, June 19, 7–10PM, and the show will remain on view until July 3rd. Check it out if you're in NYC, but if not, here are a few highlights.

"Event Horizon," 2013, by Byriah Loper, USA.

"Shakti," by Joel Cooper, 2013, USA.

"Rabbits in Motion," designed by Ronald Koh, Folded by Ng Boon Choon of Singapore/Malaysia.

"Kiwi," designed by Bernie Peyton of the USA.

"Diamond Crystal Lattice," 2013, by Jeannine Mosely, USA.

"St. Michael, The Archangel," by Vietnamese artist Tran Trung Hieu.

"Crystallization," 2010, by Hana Coufalová, Czech Republic.

"Ciérbol," 2013, by Victor Coeurjoly, Spain.

"Freeform Origami Corrugation (Nudibranch)," by Tomohiro Tachi, Japan.

"South African Lion," by gachepapier, from Belgium/Germany.

"Fluid Dynamic," 2013, by Richard Swee­ney, UK.

"Constrained Bowl," 2012, by Linda Smith, USA.

"Gorilla," by Nguyen Hung Cuong of Vietnam.

"Lion," by Hoang Tien Quyet of Vietnam

"Vole," by Bernie Peyton of the USA.

By Evan Zodl.

"Flying Mantis," by Brian Chan of the USA.

All pieces photographed by Christopher Bierlein.