Current Exhibitions

Photograph of design objects on exhibition in Access+Ability on view through September 3. For information about the exhibition and programming at the museum related to accessible design scroll


A prosethetic hand, one of the objects featured in Access+Ability described below this image.

Through September 3, 2018

From low-tech products that assist with daily routines to the newest technologies, over 70 innovative designs demonstrate how users and designers are expanding and adapting accessible products and solutions in ways previously unimaginable.

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Bob Greenberg Selects

EXPLORER EDITION XE-C 2.0 GOOGLE GLASS OPTICAL DISPLAY DEVICE; 2013; Design Director: Isabelle Olsson (Swedish, b. 1983); Manufactured by Google X , now on view in the exhibition Bob Greenberg Selects. Click on the image to visit the exhibition page.

Through September 9, 2018

A pioneer of the advertising and communications industry for four decades, Bob Greenberg guest curates an installation of industrial design emphasizing design’s key role in our increasingly connected world. Over 40 examples from the collection of disrupters, connectors, visualizers of time, distance, and temperature, and iconic works by Dieter Rams illustrate how technology has propelled design innovations in form, style and function over the past 65 years.

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Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

Kaboom graphic from exhibition

Through October 21, 2018

Installed in the museum’s Process Lab, an interactive exploration of how designers use and create sounds to enhance the user experience and give objects human-like personalities. Visitors will test their newfound knowledge by designing their own sound effects for Trash Bot, a robotic street-cleaning machine.

Learn more about Hear, See, Play.

student projects on accessibility and inclusion

The second floor galleries will be closed until May 4 due to the installation of Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color

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.

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Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection

Eye Brooch, ca. 1995, designed by Bruno Martinazzi

Through May 28, 2018

Featuring nearly 150 brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and rings created by seminal designers from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, Jewelry of Ideas illuminates the radical conceptual and material developments in jewelry design that have transformed the field.

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Moustiers Ceramics: Gifts from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection

A faience jardiniere produced in Moustiers, France during the 18th century.

Through January 21, 2019

Showcasing nearly 60 works of faience, alongside related prints and textiles, produced in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, France during the 18th century, the exhibition celebrates the substantial gift of Moustiers ceramics from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw collection to Cooper Hewitt.

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Passion for the Exotic: Japonism

Through JuLY 22, 2018

Showcasing nearly 50 works from the permanent collection installed in the Teak Room, this focused exhibition celebrates the inspired dialogue between Western design and Japanese aesthetics in the late 19th century.

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Models & Prototypes Gallery

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. Currently, 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.



The senses: design beyond vision

A woman stroking a large black furry wall, an installation on view in the exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision. Scroll down to read more about the exhibition

Through October 28, 2018

Explore experimental works and practical solutions designed to inspire wonder and new ways of accessing our world.With over 65 design projects and more than 40 objects and installations to touch, hear, and smell, The Senses is an inclusive celebration of the sensory richness of design.

Learn more about The Senses: Design Beyond Vision.

Exhibition supporters

The Senses: Design Beyond Vision  is made possible by the generous support of the Delta Faucet Company.

Additional support is provided by the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery Endowment Fund, the Ehrenkranz Fund, and by Edward and Helen Hintz.

Funding is also provided by Jesse Ormond Sanderson, Jr. and Robert Keith Black, Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State legislature, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Access+Ability is made possible in part by major support from AARP and the Ford Foundation. Funding is also provided by Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund, Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund, and August de los Reyes.
is presented in partnership with New York City’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.

Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection is made possible in part by the Rotasa Fund, the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Gallery Loupe, Sienna Patti, William P. Short III, in memory of Nancy Jean Fulop Short, Helen W. Drutt English, Kim and Al Eiber, and Ornamentum Gallery.

Bob Greenberg Selects is made possible by the Marks Family Foundation Endowment Fund.

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.

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

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

Passion for the Exotic: Japonism is made possible in part by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.