exhibitions

Meet the Staff: Cara McCarty


Cara McCarty, Curatorial Director, shares her experience working at Cooper-Hewitt.
curatorial, re-design, exhibitions

Design and Food Journal 03: Slowing Down


Over the past few months, a number of design and food trends have been catching my attention. One is the idea of slowing down, inherent in the work of many student design projects I’ve recently seen. Afterall, what can (hopefully) inspire us to slow down more than food? When preparing it, we are held to food’s properties and ritualized making. When eating it, we savor the present moment when a delicious bite hits our tongue. In harvesting it, we respect its cycles. The mass production of food during the twentieth century gave us bland, processed, and thoughtless food experiences that many designers, chefs, farmers, artisans, and others are seeking to overturn with an emphasis on rediscovering our gastronomical roots. Design students are very much a part of this conversation, proposing solutions that provide provocative commentary.
Design and Food, food, contemporary design, exhibitions, student work, ECAL, Design Academy Eindhoven, Jinhyun Jeon, Coen de Koning, Laurent Beirnaert, Pierre Bouvier, Paul Tubiana
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Design and food at Design Miami/


Design and food continues to be an area of design practice garnering attention as it pushes at the boundaries of what we think of as traditional design. (Full discloser, I am organizing an exhibition on the subject.) Case in point: Design Miami/’s first BE OPEN Forum includes eating designer Marije Vogelzang on its roster.
Design and Food, food, contemporary design, Design Miami/, exhibitions, Marije Vogelzang

Good Offices and Beyond: A Laboratory of Seating


This exhibition provides Museum visitors an opportunity to try a broad selection of office seating. Chairs in the exhibition were generously provided by Haworth, Herman Miller, ICF, Knoll, Steelcase, Unifor, United Chair, Vitra, and Wilkhahn.
chairs, office furniture, exhibitions

Design and Food Journal 02: Pop-ups


The London Design Festival has since passed (it was held September 14 – 23), but in the myriad reports that surfaced online, one trend held my attention: the design and food pop-up.
Design and Food, food, contemporary design, exhibitions, pop-up, Arabeschi di Latte, Faye Toogood, Haptic Thought, DesignMarketo, Linda Monique, Tom Dixon, Paul Cocksedge
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Fall Exhibition Tour Schedule


Cooper-Hewitt Announces Fall Exhibition Tour Schedule Several exhibitions organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will be traveling across the country and around the world this fall, including “Romantic Interiors: Watercolours 1820–1890,” “Design with the Other 90%: CITIES” and “Graphic Design—Now in Production.”
exhibitions, graphic design, urban planning, tours, Los Angeles, Portland, Saint Louis, paris, decorative arts

Design and Food Journal 01: Planting the Flag


In this Research-in-Progress blog series, I’ll be testing ideas and sharing what piques my interest around design and food, part of early ongoing research I’m undertaking here at Cooper-Hewitt in preparation for an exhibition. I view this space as an important part of the process, pulling back the curtain, if you will, on initial thinking that will shape the exhibition. Consider it your special backstage tour. This journal will therefore get messy, but that’s precisely the intention – to have a space where ideas can emerge, develop, be thrown out or be enriched. I’m thirsty for suggestions and feedback, so please do share.
Design and Food, food, contemporary design, ceramics, exhibitions

National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?


Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presents the fourth exhibition in the National Design Triennial series. Why Design Now? explores the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of design, from architecture and product design to fashion, graphics, new media and landscape design.
national design triennial, why design now?, Ellen Lupton, Cara McCarty, Matilda McQuaid, Cynthia Smith, global, Architecture, product design, fashion design, graphic design, new media, landscape design, exhibitions, ch:exhibition=35350969

Never Fast Forward the Credits!


One focus of Cooper-Hewitt’s current exhibition, Graphic Design—Now in Production, is the field of motion graphics. The exhibition features the opening credits of television series, like Six Feet Under and Dexter. Cooper-Hewitt asked Twitter followers which TV shows and movies they thought feature great title sequence design. A big thank you to followers @Epavisha, @Kmhaag, @Kelseykrz, @Cmoa, and @Yarngeek for their keen eyes for graphics on screen. And, next time you go to the movies, give credit to the credits!
movies, graphic design, exhibitions, film, film credits

Graphic Design—Now in Production


Co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Walker Art Center, Graphic Design—Now in Production explores some of the most vibrant sectors and genres of graphic design today.
graphic design, exhibitions, Graphic Design Now in Production, Governors Island, Ellen Lupton, Andrew Blauvelt, contemporary
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