Member Events

Cooper-Hewitt Members enjoy Members Around Town programs, special offers, and promotions in New York City and beyond. Consider joining as a Design Watch Member for access to events exclusively designed for our higher level members, including curator-led tours, private collection and studio visits, and invitations to receptions around New York City.

Join or renew online today, or contact the Membership Office at 212.849.8349 or

Members' Gallery Tour: Hechizoo: Voyages/Explorations  

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Cristina Grajales Gallery

Open to Design Watch Members and above.

Join Cristina Grajales for a tour of Voyages/Explorations, a second solo exhibition of work by Hechizoo in the United States. This exhibition transforms the gallery space into the Amazon, bringing its flora and fauna indoors through the use of hand-made textiles. Hechizoo’s work is in Cooper-Hewitt’s permanent collection.

Members’ Tour | Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library  

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Open to Design Watch Members and above.

Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Library, formerly housed in the Carnegie Mansion, inhabits a beautifully renovated space in the Museum's main administrative buildings at 9 East 90th Street. Join Stephen Van Dyk, Smithsonian Institution Library’s Art Department Head, for this special tour highlighting works from its collection that includes 80,000 volumes, 4,500 trade catalogues, several picture collections, and approximately 1,700 pop-up books.

Members' Collection Visit | Cooper-Hewitt’s Textiles Collection  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Open to Design Watch Members and above.

Join us for a rare glimpse into Cooper-Hewitt’s textiles collection with Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Curatorial Director and Head of Textiles. Get a peek at what the department is planning for the museum’s reopening later this year. Examine these extraordinary works that form the core of the textiles collection and guide our acquisitions efforts today.

Members' Tour | The Armory Show  

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

The Armory Show

Open to Design Watch Members and above.

Attend a special tour of The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair dedicated to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Members' Tour | Center for Italian Modern Art  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Center for Italian Modern Art

Open to Design Watch Members and above.

Join us for a private tour of the new Center for Italian Modern Art and viewing of the inaugural exhibition featuring work of the Futurist artist and designer, Fortunato Depero (1892–1960).

Members' Tour | David Webb Jewelry  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

David Webb

Open to Patron and National Design Council members.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes event at David Webb with Sarah Coffin, Curator and Head of Product Design and Decorative Arts, and Ruth Peltason, author of David Webb: The Quintessential American Jeweler. This rare visit to the jewelry workshop, where all of the goods are made on the premises, offers an appreciation of the technical mastery associated with the making of Webb jewelry. Enjoy a special viewing of the archives, led by Ruth, showcasing original drawings and production records that continue to direct the efforts of David Webb today.

Members’ Tour | New York Antiquarian Book Fair  

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Park Avenue Armory

Open to Design Watch Members and above.

Join Cooper-Hewitt’s Stephen Van Dyk, Smithsonian Institution Library’s Art Department Head, for a tour of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. This Fair features more than 200 American and international dealers showcasing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts, and ephemera.

Members’ Curator Tour | Frederic Church at the Metropolitan Museum of Art  

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:30am

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Open to Contributing Members and above.

Join us for a special tour of the American 19th century landscape galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art led by Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Curator, American Wing, and Dr. Gail Davidson, Cooper-Hewitt’s Curator and Head of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department. The tour will highlight the Frederic Church oil sketches on loan from Cooper-Hewitt, and how they illuminate the Met’s permanent Collection.

Members' Curator Tour | Collective Design Fair  

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Skylight at Moynihan Station

Open to Design Watch Members and above.

Tour the Collective Design Fair with Andrea Lipps, Cooper Hewitt’s Assistant Curator. Collective presents a curated selection of the best in contemporary and 20th-century design from an international range of emerging and established galleries.

Members’ Auction Preview | Important Italian Glass at Wright  

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Wright Auctions

Open to Design Watch Members and above.

Attend a Wright auction preview of Important Italian Glass: The Collection of Dimitri Levas, prior to its May 20 sale. This auction, featuring Dimitri Levas' remarkable Murano glass collection, represents Wright's finest glass sale to date. Other highlights include works by Napoleone Martinuzzi, Fulvio Bianconi, and Carlo Scarpa-whose vase was recently added to Cooper-Hewitt's permanent collection through the Members' Acquisition Fund. Sara Blumberg and Jim Oliviera, specialists in Venetian 20th century glass and consultants and founder-owners of Glass Past; Brent Lewis, Director of Wright New York; and Sarah Coffin, Cooper-Hewitt's Curator and Head of Product Design and Decorative Arts, will facilitate this event.