Current Exhibitions

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse

Scraps tour with curators Matilda McQuaid and Susan Brown, open to Global Design members and above

Through April 23, 2017

Offering creative, alternative approaches to confronting textile waste, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse presents the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process. Through more than forty works, the exhibition explores key facets of sustainability, such as the efficient use of materials and resources, the preservation of local craft traditions, and the integration of new technologies in the recycling process.

Learn more about Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse.

Immersion Room

Cooper Hewitt’s extraordinary collection of wallcoverings is featured in a new high-tech space, the Immersion Room, offering visitors the unprecedented experience of using the Pen to select digital images of wallpapers or sketch their own design and then project them onto the walls at full scale to see their impact. More than an entertaining interactive experience, the Immersion Room gives museum visitors their first opportunity to discover Cooper Hewitt’s wallcoverings as they were intended to be viewed.

Learn more about the Immersion Room.

Designing the new cooper hewitt

The museum itself is a grand design object, as shown in the ground-floor exhibition Designing the New Cooper Hewitt. Design briefs, sketches, photographs, blueprints and other illustrations from the team of designers reveals the process behind three years of renovation and transformation at Cooper Hewitt.

Process Lab: Citizen Design


Through September 24, 2017

Process Lab installations give visitors firsthand experiences with the activities designers use to solve problems and develop new ideas. Now on view, Citizen Design invites visitors to engage, empathize, and help envision a better America.

Learn more about Citizen Design.

Ellen Degeneres selects


Through May 21, 2017

American television host, actress, writer, and entrepreneur Ellen DeGeneres guest curates the 14th exhibition in Cooper Hewitt’s “Selects,” an ongoing series in which influencers, designers, artists, and architects are invited to mine and interpret the museum’s collection of more than 210,000 objects. The installation offers an intimate interpretation of DeGeneres’ eclectic design aesthetic. With a strong focus on midcentury modernism, the exhibition showcases a diverse range of styles, places, and time periods, from an ancient Egyptian votive box and a Peruvian earthenware vessel to a 1935 drawing by Christina Malman and a late 19th-century music box. The exhibition also includes objects on loan from DeGeneres’ private collection.

Learn more about Ellen DeGeneres Selects.

Hewitt Sisters Collect

Gold birdcage with jade and amethyst string of beads coming from the top and fancy bird toys and perches inside.

through april 2017

The first exhibition to share the remarkable story of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt, who in 1897 established a museum within Cooper Union, recognizes their central role in the museum’s founding and genesis of the core collection.

Learn more about Hewitt Sisters Collect.

The World of Radio

through September 24, 2017

An exhibition of iconic radios, radio design drawings, and photographs from the early twentieth century through the present day accompany the installation of a rarely seen monumental textile illustrating radio’s early history.

Learn more about The World of Radio.

Models & Prototypes Gallery

Miniature model of a grand spiraling staircase.

The second floor of Cooper Hewitt features a Models & Prototypes gallery, where rotating installations provide insights into the important role of models in the design process. For the inaugural installation, the gallery showcases the exceptional models of staircases donated to Cooper Hewitt by Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw.

Learn more about the Models & Prototypes gallery.

Exhibition supporters

Digital Experience supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Exhibitions of the permanent collection are made possible by major support from Nancy Marks. Additional support is provided by Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie and the Henry Luce Foundation.

Hewitt Sisters Collect is made possible by generous support from Nancy Marks. Additional support is provided by Margery and Edgar Masinter and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood de Forest  is made possible in part by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the American Express Foundation. Restoration of the Teak Room is supported in part by the American Express Historic Preservation Fund.

The Immersion Room is made possible by major support from Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee.

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse is made possible by the generous support of Eileen Fisher.

Support is also provided by The Coby Foundation, Ltd. Additional funding is provided by Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd. In-kind support for Reiko Sudo, NUNO is provided by Tsuruoka City.

Process Lab is made possible by major support from Alice Gottesman.

Featured Image: A visitor uses the Pen to add the Pillola Lamp to her personal online collection.