Join cooper hewitt, TEALEAVES, and Pantone for a deep exploration of  of color As it relates to nature and evolves within design.

Preregistration required for each program. Register for an individual program below.

Private Library Tour & Talk

Join an intimate tour of the Cooper Hewitt Library led by Jennifer Cohlman Bracchi, co-curator of Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color. On view will be many rare books and historical treatises illustrating our understanding of color and how it has evolved over time. From Isaac Newton’s Opticks to Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color, visitors will learn about major color discoveries and be able to browse the Library’s vibrant collection.

3:30 PM — 5:00 PM

$30 General Admission, $20 Museum Members or Students with ID

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Screening & Conversation

Join Cooper Hewitt, TEALEAVES, and Pantone for a screening of Color in Sight, a documentary on color in design. Following the screening, a panel discussion will explore the evolution of colors in design, the role of color in the natural world, and the inspiration designers have long drawn from nature.

6:30 PM — 8:00 PM

$15 General Admission, $8 Museum Member, Student, Educator, Senior

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Headshot of Jennifer Cohlman Bracchi, Acting Head of Cooper Hewitt Library.Jennifer Cohlman Bracchi is the Acting Head Librarian of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library, one of 21 branches of Smithsonian Libraries, and a leading repository of European and American design and decorative arts in the nation and the world. With twenty years of experience at Cooper Hewitt, Jen has a background in digital imaging and has lead numerous digital initiatives for the Museum and the Library. She curated her first exhibition Color in a New Light (February 2016 – May 2017) for Smithsonian Libraries at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. She co-curated the expanded exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color (May 2018 – March 2019) for Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum with Susan Brown, Curator of Textiles. She enjoys exploring the intersections of art and science and providing access to as much information as possible.



Headshot of Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

Laurie Pressman is the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, the world’s most comprehensive destination to gain intelligence, insight and implications on the science and emotions of color. With over 20 years of experience in product development and merchandising for the fashion and home furnishings markets, Pressman recognizes that color is the most powerful communication tool, and as an intrinsic part of people’s immediate visual experience, it plays a significant role in consumer purchasing decisions and effective brand management. She is involved in the development of Pantone’s color research and color trend forecasting products and serves as the managing editor of TONES, Pantone’s color newsletter. Additionally, she sits on the Home Products Board at Fashion Institute of Technology, the Fashion Advisory Board at Savannah College of Art and Design and is the vice chairman of the color standards committee for the Color Marketing Group.


Headshot of Lana Sutherland, CEO of Tealeaves.Lana Sutherland is a co-founder and the CEO of TEALEAVES, the tea maker of choice for five-star hotels and Michelin chefs. Known for her creativity, commitment to diversity and fierce devotion to equality, Lana has proudly led a women and minority based team for 25+ years. Looking through the lens of nature and the principles of design, education and philanthropy, Lana has led TEALEAVES into a series of award-winning explorations on color, aroma, and taste with some of the world’s most iconic brands and educational institutions, including Pantone, Herman Miller, Microsoft Design, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Cornell University, Brown University, University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis. Charged by her passion for conservancy, TEALEAVES most recently collaborated with UBC Botanical Garden in a philanthropic exploration of biomimicry, biodiversity, and climate change. Lana earned a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia. She is an avid reader, a nature enthusiast, and an advocate for a healthy lifestyle.

This program is made possible in part by the generous support of TEALEAVES.

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