In collaboration with 92nd Street Y public programming, curators Ellen Lupton and Andrea Lipps give an inside look at the works in the exhibition, then lead a tour through the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Learn about form, materials, meaning, and function as you see beauty in works of contemporary fashion, furniture, products and graphic design. Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial opens on February 12.

Ellen Lupton is curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. As a graphic designer, she received the AIGA Gold Medal, an outstanding honor in her profession and as a writer she has numerous publications under her belt, including Thinking with TypeD.I.Y.: Design It YourselfThe ABC’s of Bauhaus, and many more.

Andrea Lipps is an Assistant Curator focused on international contemporary design. She has contributed to numerous books and exhibitions, including Design with the Other 90%: CITIES; Why Design Now? National Design Triennial; and Design for the Other 90%. In 2015, she was a Mobius Fellow in Helsinki, Finland.

Please note: this talk will start at the 92nd Street Y, and conclude with an exhibition tour at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial is made possible by generous support from Edward and Helen Hintz and Madeleine Rudin Johnson.

Additional funding is provided by Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, August Heckscher Exhibition Fund, Margery and Edgar Masinter, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., Ehrenkranz Fund, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Rockwell Group, Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund, and the Consulate General of Finland.