Upcoming Exhibitions

A combined image of objects from upcoming exhibitions. On the left, a gold and blue textile. On the right a portion of an elaborate gold plated table centerpiece designed in the 1800s for the French royal table.

Rebeca Méndez Selects

On view October 5, 2018 through JuNE 16, 2019

The 17th installation in the series that invites designers, artists, writers, and cultural figures to explore and respond to the permanent collection. The 2012 National Design Award winner for Communication Design,  Méndez draws connections across the diverse collections of Cooper Hewitt, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Libraries to explore how culture, design, technology, and the natural world have converged.

Tablescapes: Designs for Dining

On view October 5, 2018 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.