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Installation view of "Face Values," organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for the 2018 London Design Biennale. Photo David Levene.
COOPER HEWITT TO BRING ITS AWARD-WINNING “FACE VALUES” INSTALLATION TO NEW YORK
“Face Values: Exploring Artificial Intelligence” at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, explores the possibilities and limits of artificial intelligence through interactive works featuring technologies such as face detection, emotion recognition and eye-tracking. On view in the museum’s Process Lab Sept. 20 through May 17, 2020, the immersive installation features commissioned work by R. Luke DuBois,...
Cooper Hewitt Exhibition to Feature American Textile Designer Suzie Zuzek
CELEBRATING THE DESIGNER BEHIND THE ICONIC PRINTS USED BY LILLY PULITZER, 1962-1985   Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present an exhibition celebrating the prolific textile designer Suzie Zuzek (Agnes Helen Zuzek de Poo, American, 1920–2011) in spring 2020. Her imaginative designs and playful prints played a key role in the success of the Lilly...
A portrait of Willi Smith, hip cocked and looking at the viewer, against a drapey white studio background. He is wearing jeans, a white t-shirt, and sneakers.
Cooper Hewitt to Present “Willi Smith: Street Couture”
In March 2020, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present the first museum exhibition of American designer Willi Smith (1948–1987). “Willi Smith: Street Couture” will feature key works by this pioneer of streetwear fashion who founded the iconic brand WilliWear with partner Laurie Mallet in 1976 and leveraged innovative partnerships with artists, designers and performers...
In Cooper Hewitt's gallery, a mannequin wearing a stretchy green athletic suit (including a ski mask) is on display. The mannequin is presented alongside a white chair with branch-like form, a minimalist grey and yellow prosthetic leg, and a white prosthetic leg that is bulky. The gallery is white with historic, ornate gold decorations on the wall and ceiling.
WYSS INSTITUTE GUEST CURATES “SELECTS” EXHIBITION AT COOPER HEWITT
The next exhibition in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s “Selects” series will be guest curated by members of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Organized by the Wyss Institute’s founding director Don Ingber, in collaboration with his co-faculty, Joanna Aizenberg, Jennifer Lewis, Radhika Nagpal and Pam Silver, the exhibition examines the...
COOPER HEWITT CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS PROGRAM AND ANNOUNCES 2019 WINNERS
COOPER HEWITT CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS PROGRAM AND ANNOUNCES 2019 WINNERS Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announced the 20th class of National Design Award winners, honored for design excellence and innovation in 11 categories, including the inaugural Emerging Designer Award. Established in 2000 as a project of the White House...
COCKTAILS AT COOPER HEWITT RETURNS FOR ANOTHER STANDOUT SEASON
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s popular summer performance series, Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt, returns to the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. On Thursday evenings from June 13 to Aug. 15, live music, DJ sets and dance performances will activate one of the largest enclosed museum gardens in New York City. A launch party for the...
COOPER HEWITT AND CUBE ANNOUNCE PROJECTS FOR THE 2019 DESIGN TRIENNIAL
“NATURE—COOPER HEWITT DESIGN TRIENNIAL” WILL EXPLORE DESIGN’S ABILITY TO ADDRESS CRITICAL ISSUES SURROUNDING NATURE, CLIMATE AND THE ENVIRONMENT Designers are striving to transform people’s relationship with the natural world. “Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” co-organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Cube design museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands, will feature over 60 projects to demonstrate how designers are collaborating with...
A clothing manniequin wears a blue long sleeve t-shirt and grey miniskirit that are embedded with sensors to create tactile sensations in response to music shown at the entrance to the special installation of Cooper Hewitt's exhibition of inclusive design at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Text on the wall next to the mannequin reads "One billion people experience some form of disability—World Health Organization. They are the world's largest minority." Click here to learn more about Cooper Hewitt's participation in WEF.
“ACCESS+ABILITY” EXHIBITION TO BE PRESENTED AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM’S 2019 ANNUAL MEETING
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has announced that a special installation of the “Access+Ability” exhibition has been selected to be shown at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, Jan. 22 through Jan. 25, 2019 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Originally organized by Cooper Hewitt, this adaptation is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the World Economic Forum. The exhibition...
ALEXANDRA CUNNINGHAM CAMERON AND YAO-FEN YOU JOIN COOPER HEWITT CURATORIAL STAFF
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of new curatorial staff. Alexandra Cunningham Cameron has been named as the Edward and Helen Hintz Secretarial Scholar, serving as curator of contemporary design, effective Sept. 20. Yao-Fen You will serve as senior curator and head of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department,...