Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
Through Jan. 20, 2020
Co-organized with Cube design museum in the Netherlands, the exhibition features more than 60 groundbreaking works from designers across all disciplines who are collaborating with scientists, engineers, farmers, environmentalists, and nature itself to design a more harmonious and regenerative future.
Extended to october 27, 2019
Objects ranging from ancient to the contemporary show how the optical effects of iridescence have maintained a lasting impact on design.
Nature by Design: Selections from the Permanent Collection
To accompany the special exhibition, Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, Nature by Design presents a rotating selection of extraordinary design drawn from Cooper Hewitt’s collection of over 210,000 objects, inviting visitors to discover how nature and design have intersected in the past and continue to converge in our world.
- Katagami (through Oct. 27, 2019)
- Embroidered and Embellished (through Oct. 27, 2019)
- Paisley (through Nov. 11, 2019)
- Bathing Beautiful (through May 3, 2020)
- Plastics (through May 3, 2020)
- Botanical Lessons (through Dec. 2020)
Wyss Institute Selects
THROUGH MARCH 8, 2020
Wyss Institute Selects is the 18th installment in the exhibition series that invites designers, artists, architects and public figures to examine and interpret the museum’s collection. The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University uses nature’s design principles to develop bioinspired technologies and commercial products that will bring about positive impact worldwide. Wyss will present their vision of Biofuturism, which in this exhibition will be inspired by nature and Futurism in design and art.
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.
student projects on Nature
Now on view on the Ground Floor, an exhibition of winners, finalists, honorable mentions from Cooper Hewitt’s fourth annual National High School Design Competition, which challenged students to design (or redesign) a nature-based solution to a global problem.
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.
Nature by Design is made possible by major support from Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee. Additional support is provided by the Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund.
Wyss Institute 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.
The National High School Design Competition: Nature of Design is made possible by the generous support of Target.