The senses: design beyond vision
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.
Rebeca Méndez Selects
Through June 16, 2019
Designer, artist, and educator Rebeca Méndez is the 17th guest curator of the Selects series, for which designers, artists, writers, and cultural figures are invited to mine and interpret the permanent collection. Selecting design objects from Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection, bird specimens from the National Museum of Natural History, and rare books from the Smithsonian Libraries, Méndez evokes the tensions arising from humankind’s conflicting impulses towards nature.
Moustiers Ceramics: Gifts from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection
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.
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
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.
Color Decoded: The Textiles of Richard Landis
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.
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.
Tablescapes: Designs for Dining
Through April 14, 2019
Three distinct table settings from different time periods illuminate how design transforms the ritual of communal dining in response to cultural and social changes.
Scholten & Baijings: Lessons from the Studio
through November 2019
An interactive installation of industrial design from the award-winning Dutch design studio on view in the Process lab, where visitors can explore the studio’s experiments with form, material, and color.
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.
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.
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.
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.