What's on at Cooper-Hewitt

While we're renovating the Mansion, we have an extensive range of events and programs for all ages happening at other venues around New York City.

Almost all our events are free of charge but we encourage advance booking to secure a place. Please also check the venue details when booking to make sure you know where to turn up to.

Weekly family programs run Tuesday through Saturdays and can be booked individually in the Family Programs section of our website.


Design by Hand | Heath Ceramics: Clay Bead Design (Teen Workshop)  

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Cooper-Hewitt Design Center

Explore texture, pattern, and glaze to create ceramic beads at this hands-on workshop for teens led by Heath Ceramics.

About the Design by Hand series:
Launched in fall 2013 with the iconic Finnish brand Marimekko, the Design by Hand series focuses on the craftsmanship, innovations and merits of contemporary global designers. Special programs connect university students, high school students, adults, and families with design.

Image by Jeffery Cross

Design by Hand | Heath Ceramics: 2D to 3D (College Workshop)  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Cooper-Hewitt Design Center

Work with designers from Heath Ceramics to design tea sets and tableware. You will gain a deeper understanding of line and ergonomics using a process involving paper cutouts.

NB: This workshop is open to college students with valid student ID only.

Design by Hand | Heath Ceramics: Clay Bead Design (Adult Workshop)  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Cooper-Hewitt Design Center

Explore texture, pattern, and glaze to create ceramic beads at this hands-on workshop for adults led by Heath Ceramics.

About the Design by Hand series:
Launched in fall 2013 with the iconic Finnish brand Marimekko, the Design by Hand series focuses on the craftsmanship, innovations and merits of contemporary global designers. Special programs connect university students, high school students, adults, and families with design.
Image by Jeffery Cross

Design by Hand | Public Lecture with Heath Ceramics  

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Greene Space at New York Public Radio

Join us as Catherine Bailey (Creative Director), Robin Petravic (Managing Director), and Tung Chiang (San Francisco Studio Director) of Heath Ceramics talk about the history and inspiration behind the iconic American brand.

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.

Members’ Tour | International Contemporary Furniture Fair with Matilda McQuaid  

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Open to Design Watch Members and above.

Preview the 26th Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair with Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Curatorial Director. More than 500 exhibitors from all points of the globe will display contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors

Design Talks | Aidlin Darling Design  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Greene Space at WNYC

With a shared interest in exploring design across a wide range of scales, programs, and disciplines, partners Joshua Aidlin and David Darling started Aidlin Darling Design around a woodshop in 1998. With an emphasis on designing for all of the senses, they have cultivated a diverse and collaborative studio that acts as the creative hub for an extended network of builders, fabricators, artists, engineers, chefs, and other collaborators.

Pages