Current Exhibitions

Two women exploring a sensory installation in The Senses: Design Beyond Vision now on view on the third floor. Scroll down to read descriptions of the exhibitions on view at the museum.

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.

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 in 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.

Learn more about Bob Greenberg Selects.

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.

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

student projects on accessibility and inclusion

Now on view on the Ground Floor, an exhibition of Honorable Mentions, Finalists, and the Winner of Cooper Hewitt’s third annual National High School Design Competition, which challenged students to make an everyday place, process, or object accessible for all.

Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color

An image of a 1920s glazed earthenware sample plate depicting a color wheel. Scroll down for information about the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color now on view.

Through January 13, 2019

Spanning antiquity to the present, more than 190 objects from the extraordinary collections of Smithsonian Libraries and Cooper Hewitt come together to reveal how designers apply the theories of the world’s greatest color thinkers to bring order and excitement to the visual world.

Learn more about Saturated.

Color Decoded: The Textiles of Richard Landis

Rectangular weaving with a grid-like pattern of small squares and rectangles in shades of black, white, gray, blue, rust, and ochre. Click on the image to learn more about an exhibition of Richard Landis textiles.

Through January 13, 2019

Richard Landis’s double-cloth textiles are complex systems of closely related full-tones and half-tones of color, organized into abstract geometries of endless variation. Color Decoded celebrates the recent acquisition of six of the master weaver’s most important textiles, installed together with three process drawings and a selection of weavings.

Learn more about Color Decoded.


Image features pitcher of squat bulbous gourd form with a large leaf-shaped spout and handle in the form of a gathered root or vine; green and gold iridescent luster finish. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.

Through March 24, 2019

Objects ranging from ancient to the contemporary show how the optical effects of iridescence have maintained a lasting impact on design.

Learn more about Iridescence.

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.


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.

Learn more about Access+Ability.

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.

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.

Teak Room

The museum’s historic Teak Room is closed through July 27 for exhibition installation.

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.

Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color is made possible in part by support from the August Heckscher Exhibition Fund, Judy Francis Zankel, PeclersParis, and The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

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.

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.

The National High School Design Competition: All Access is made possible by the generous support of Target.