Current Exhibitions

Wood-paneled, interior exhibition space with multiple examples of personal, protective equipment, including face masks, face-shields and hospital scrubs, displayed on grey standing mannequins, grey mannequin heads and in colorful posters and blown-up photographs.

DECONSTRUCTING POWER: W. E. B. DU BOIS AT THE 1900 WORLD’S FAIR
On view through May 29, 2023Two data visualizations: on left, a circular graphic with a black center and rings of blue, yellow and red, appears under the headline

Deconstructing Power: W. E. B. Du Bois at the 1900 World’s Fair places decorative arts from Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection in dialogue with 20 innovative data visualizations that W. E. B. Du Bois (1868–1963) created for the 1900 Paris World’s Fair to explore how design can both reveal and mask dynamics of power and equity.

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DESIGN AND HEALING: CREATIVE RESPONSES TO EPIDEMICS
on view through march 19, 2023

A collage of four images, from left to right: the illuminated exterior of a cholera treatment center; a figure putting on a multi-colored mask with a clear section over the lips; a hand holds a lozenge-shaped green plastic device; a person wearing blue and white scrubs against a pink background.

What is design’s role in times of crisis? Communities and individuals come together to aid each other, push for change, and create new spaces, objects, and services. This exhibition features architectural case studies and historical narratives,  alongside creative responses to the current pandemic.

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Immersion Room
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Cooper Hewitt’s extraordinary collection of wallcoverings is featured in the Immersion Room. Visitors are invited 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.

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DESIGNING PEACE
ON VIEW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4, 2023

A few brown-skinned children sit and smile on hot pink teeter-totters, the other end of the teeter-totters not visible beyond the tall metal fence that they run through.

Designing Peace explores the unique role design can play in pursuing peace. The exhibition features design projects from around the world that look at ways to create and sustain more durable peaceful interactions—from creative confrontations that challenge existing structures to designs that demand embracing justice and truth in a search for reconciliation.

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BOTANICAL LESSONS
on view through march 31, 2023

Two visitors admire botanical models on view at Cooper Hewitt

Botanical Lessons explores nature in the Smithsonian collections through thirteen botanical models on loan from the National Museum of American History, and a selection of illustrated books and periodicals from Smithsonian Libraries, all of which served as teaching aids in a nineteenth-century period marked by a growing interest in science and education.

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HECTOR GUIMARD: HOW PARIS GOT ITS CURVES
ON VIEW THROUGH MAY 21, 2023

Co-organized by Cooper Hewitt and the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, this exhibition invites a new understanding of France’s most famous art nouveau architect, Hector Guimard (1867–1942). By providing urban and historical context for the full range of Guimard’s output—realized and unrealized—this exhibition aims to present a more nuanced view of the “Style Guimard,” emphasizing Guimard’s working process and his strategies to market it.

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Exhibition supporters

Designing Peace is made possible with lead support from

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Major support is provided by Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer. Generous support is also provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Helen and Edward Hintz, and the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery Endowment Fund. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York as part of the Dutch Culture USA program, the Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund, the Netherland-America Foundation, the Norwegian Consulate General, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

In-kind support is provided by Tretford Americas and Consolidated Flooring.

Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics is made possible with major support from Crystal and Chris Sacca. Generous support is also provided by Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund.

Hector Guimard: How Paris Got Its Curves is made possible with major support from Denise Littlefield Sobel. Generous support is provided by The Lemberg Foundation and Marilyn F. Friedman. Support is also provided by the August Heckscher Exhibition Fund, The Felicia Fund, and Margery F. Masinter.

Deconstructing Power: W.E.B. Du Bois at the 1900 World’s Fair is made possible with major support from The Hearthland Foundation and Denise Littlefield Sobel. Additional support is provided by the Ehrenkranz Fund and The Felicia Fund.

The Nature by Design series is made possible by major support from Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee. Additional support is provided by the Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund.

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

Digital Experience supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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

Featured Image: Installation photo of "Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics" at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution