Barbara Mandel, Chairman, Beth Comstock, President, and Caroline Baumann, Director, invite all Cooper Hewitt members and invited guests to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions:

By the People: Designing a Better America
On view through February 26, 2017

An exhibition of sixty collaborative design projects throughout the United States and across borders, By the People challenges the country’s growing crisis of social and economic inequality. Curator of Socially Responsible Design Cynthia E. Smith conducted over two years of field research—traveling to shrinking post-industrial cities, sprawling metro regions, struggling rural towns, areas impacted by natural and man-made disasters, and places of persistent poverty—in search of design for more inclusive and sustainable communities. Presented in the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery and Process Lab, By the People delivers a powerful message of optimism for achieving a more just and equitable society for all Americans through design.


Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse
On view through April 16, 2017

Addressing textile waste at its source, Scraps explores how three designer-entrepreneurs—Luisa Cevese, founder of Riedizioni in Milan, Christina Kim, founder of dosa inc. in Los Angeles, and Reiko Sudo, Managing Director at NUNO in Tokyo—put sustainability at the heart of the design process. Each designer’s practice involves innovative and sophisticated reuse of textile materials and resources, while engaging in the preservation of local craft traditions. Showcasing exquisite examples of apparel and accessories, alongside process materials and stories, Scraps celebrates the beauty and creativity in making something from nothing.


By the People: Designing a Better America is made possible by the generous support of

Additional support is provided by Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie, Deutsche Bank, Gensler, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Autodesk, and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse is made possible by the generous support of ef logo stacked
Support is also provided by The Coby Foundation, Ltd. 

Additional funding is provided by Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd.