Eight New York City museums are coming together, once again, to present the 43rd annual Museum Mile Festival (Virtual) on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The day-long program will feature live and pre-recorded programs, virtual exhibition tours, online activities for all ages, and more.

The eight institutions participating in this highly successful collaboration are The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and The Africa Center.

The day’s content offerings will be listed on each participating museum’s website and social media platforms. In addition, audiences can follow the hashtag #MMF2021 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for cultural happenings throughout the day.

Celebrate the Museum Mile Festival with Cooper Hewitt

William Daniels, pictured on the right side of the image, works on a blue and white quilt pinned to a wall. William wears a grey shirt and glasses, and is pinning a blue triangular piece of fabric to the outer edge of the quilt. At the quilt's center, a yellow and blue triangle fit together to create a diamond shape.Studio Series: Quilting

Three-part virtual series begins June 8.

Quilting has long been a method for storytelling, resistance, and community buildingJoin multidisciplinary artist William Daniels as we explore contemporary issues through quilting. Daniels quilts feature traditional quilt blocking and paper piecing techniques as well as nontraditional components. Throughout this three-part series, participants will plan, sketch, and develop their own quilting blocks, receiving demonstration and feedback from Daniels himself.

Free. Register today.

Design at Home: design a repeating pattern

Get inspired by the colorful, nature-inspired textile designs of textile designer Suzie Zuzek, then learn how to make your own repeating pattern in a short video lesson.

Suzie Zuzek will be the subject of a forthcoming exhibition at Cooper Hewitt. Learn more.

Design Talk:
Rebellion in Design: Developing a Blueprint for the Future

On the surface, fashion and architecture may seem like disconnected worlds; however, the processes inherent to both regularly overlap. In this conversation, Virgil Abloh (Chief Creative Director and founder of Off-White™️ and Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton) and architect James Wines (Founder, SITE; 2013 National Design Award winner) together with interdisciplinary architect Oana Stănescu discuss the cross-sections of fashion and architecture as related to the making of spaces and culture, and disrupting hegemony through design.

This virtual program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition, Willi Smith: Street Couture.

take a virtual tour

Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Contemporary Muslim Fashions examines how Muslim women—those who cover and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities. This exhibition features approximately 80 ensembles drawn from established and emerging designers in high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear and couture, as well as about 40 photographs to contextualize the garments on view.

Take a virtual tour of Contemporary Muslim Fashions.

A gallery view of Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibition. Three mannequins sport avante-garde modest wear. Click this picture to go to a photo essay to learn more about this exhibition.


About the virtual Museum Mile Festival

The Museum Mile Festival, which normally occurs on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 110th Street on the second Tuesday evening in June, was established in 1978 to increase public awareness of its member institutions and promote public support of the arts. The Festival, hosted virtually this year due to the pandemic, is presented in this convivial spirit, with the same goal of increasing public awareness of arts and culture, and bringing communities together.



Studio Series is made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation. Generous support is also provided by The Hirsch Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Willi Smith: Street Couture is made possible with principal support from  Graphic of a red concentric circles resembling a target

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Additional support is provided by the Ehrenkranz Fund and Edward and Helen Hintz. Funding is also provided by The Coby Foundation, Ltd., the Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Keith Haring Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund. In-kind support is provided by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Cargo, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Contemporary Muslim Fashions is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The Cooper Hewitt presentation of Contemporary Muslim Fashions is made possible by support from the August Heckscher Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery Endowment Fund and Edward and Helen Hintz. Funding is also provided by the Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund.