Join Cooper Hewitt for the Nature Salons!

Celebrate the opening of Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial co-organized with Cube design museum with intimate conversations led by Cooper Hewitt curators and international designers. All programs are free, pre-registration required. 

Register for an individual session below.

materials of the anthropocene

Designers Shahar Livne and Charlotte McCurdy in conversation with Caitlin Condell, Associate Curator and Head of Drawings, Prints & Graphic Design.

Join us for a discussion exploring the ways in which designers consider the abundance of materials available to them in the 21st century. As the boundary between ‘synthetic’ and ‘natural’ materials becomes increasingly blurry, Livne and McCurdy use design as a means to reflect on the earth’s resilience. They offer new perspectives on design in the context of long ecological timescales, challenging us to contemplate the role of synthetic materials in the changing landscape of the earth in the age of humankind.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

encouraging Growth

Designers Amy Congdon, Richard Beckett, and Marcos Cruz in conversation with Andrea Lipps, Associate Curator of Contemporary Design.

Join us for a discussion about the role that biological growth plays in 21st-century design. By guiding, manipulating, and engineering growth in living systems like microorganisms, designers are exploring the possibilities and aesthetics of working with biology. Their efforts point to a more harmonious future in which nature’s rhythms and processes are embraced.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Nature of architecture

Designers from Ensamble Studio and CAVE Bureau in conversation with Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Curatorial Director.

Join us for a panel discussion with architects featured in Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. These designers investigate the relationship between the built environment and the natural world by denoting ways in which their work interacts with, interrupts, or complements nature. By emphasizing their design processes, the panelists will explore their inspiration, choice of materials, and the context in which they work.

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Gallery viewing

6:45 – 8:00 p.m. Panel discussion


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Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial is made possible by support from The Ainslie Foundation. Additional support is provided by Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, the August Heckscher Exhibition Fund, the Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund, and the Creative Industries Fund NL.

Funding is also provided by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York as part of the Dutch Culture USA program, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.