Current Exhibitions

Installation view of Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age

Joris Laarman Bone Chair

Through January 15, 2018

The first U.S. major exhibition of the Dutch designer Joris Laarman and his multidisciplinary team, known for their pioneering and elegant applications of digital technologies. Working at the intersection of design, art, and science, Joris Laarman Lab is abolishing traditional distinctions between the natural and machine made, the decorative and functional to produce design of flawless beauty and technical ingenuity.

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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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Making | Breaking: New Arrivals

Enignum Free Form Chair, 2014; Designed and made by Joseph Walsh (Irish, b. 1979) and Joseph Walsh Studio (Cork, Ireland);

Through November 19, 2017

More than forty recent contemporary acquisitions from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as sketches, prototypes, and videos illuminating the designers’ groundbreaking design thinking. These new designs push the boundaries of materials, making, and form.

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Esperanza Spalding Selects

through january 7, 2018

The 15th installation of Cooper Hewitt’s Selects exhibition series in which designers, artists, architects, and public figures are invited to examine and interpret the museum’s collection of more than 210,000 objects. Through her curation of nearly 40 drawings, prints, textiles, jewelry, and furniture, as well as works from the Smithsonian Design Library, musician and four-time Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding explores how design—like music—both evolves and devolves in the process of transforming.

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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 April 29, 2018

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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The Virtue in Vice

through March 25, 2018

A lively exploration of the seven deadly sins through a design lens, a selection of over 100 objects from Cooper Hewitt’s collection showcases the virtuosity of objects designed to make our indulgences more scintillating.

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Passion for the Exotic: Japonism

Through June 18, 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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Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound

Kaboom graphic from exhibition

Through July 29, 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.

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Ilonka Karasz

Frieze, handpainted on drafting cloth by Ilonka Karasz

Through May 28, 2018

One of the most successful American women designers of the early 20th century, Karasz deployed her modern aesthetic to design everything from ceramics and toys to rugs, silver, furniture, and more as seen in her works from the permanent collection.

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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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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.

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Designing the new cooper hewitt

The museum itself is a grand design object, as shown in the ground-floor exhibition Designing the New Cooper Hewitt. Design briefs, sketches, photographs, blueprints and other illustrations from the team of designers reveals the process behind three years of renovation and transformation at Cooper Hewitt.

Exhibition supporters

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age is organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands.

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age is made possible by the generous support of Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. Support is also provided by the Ehrenkranz Fund, the Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, The Iwata Family Foundation,Tory Burch, Kim and Al Eiber, and the Creative Industries Fund NL.

Esperanza Spalding Selects is made possible by the Marks Family Foundation Endowment Fund. In-kind support for the site-specific installation is provided by ZGF Architects. Piano provided by Steinway & Sons.

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.