Traveling Exhibitions

Cooper Hewitt exhibitions regularly travel across the country and the world.

By the people: designing a better america

By the People: Designing a Better America is the third exhibition in Cooper Hewitt’s groundbreaking Design with the 90% humanitarian design series. The first exhibition, Design and the Other 90%, opened at Cooper Hewitt in 2007, followed by Design with the Other 90%: CITIES in 2011. Organized by Cynthia E. Smith, Cooper Hewitt’s Curator of Socially Responsible Design, the exhibition is the first in the series to focus exclusively on conditions in the United States by exploring economic, social, and environmentally sustainable designs addressing many challenges faced by urban, suburban, and rural communities. On view at Cooper Hewitt September 30, 2016 to March 2017.

Tour Schedule:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
September 30, 2016 – February 26, 2017

Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
August 21 – December 16, 2017

Miami Dade College School of Art and Design
April 6, 2018 – September 30, 2018

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta
October 29, 2018 – April 26, 2019

Availability: as of April 2019, for slots of 4-6 months
Square footage: 6000-7000

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative reuse

SCRAPS, on view at Cooper Hewitt from September 23, 2016 through April 16, 2017, presents three designers’ alternative approaches to the shockingly high human and environmental costs of textile industry waste. Christina Kim, founder of Los Angeles-based fashion brand dosa; Reiko Sudo, managing director of Tokyo textile design firm Nuno; and Luisa Cevese, founder of Milan-based accessories and home goods company Riedizioni, all share a profound respect for scraps as repositories of raw materials, energy, labor, and creativity. The exhibition’s concept provides a unique platform for exploring many facets of sustainability: using materials and resources efficiently, promoting meaningful labor practices, sustaining local craft traditions, and exploring new technologies as integral to the recycling process.

Tour Schedule:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
September 23, 2016 – April 16, 2017

The George Washington University Textile Museum
September 2, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Availability: as of February 2018, for slots of 4-6 months
Square footage: 1500

Jewelry of IDeas: Gifts from the susan Grant lewin collection

Jewelry of Ideas celebrates a major gift of contemporary jewelry from Susan Grant Lewin to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. This exhibition features nearly 150 objects by over 100 modern and contemporary jewelry designers from eighteen countries. The exhibition  illuminates the radical conceptual and material developments in jewelry design that have transformed the field.

Availability: as of June 2018, for slots of 4-6 months
Square footage: 1000-2000


Access+Ability highlights some of the extraordinary research and designs developed during the past decade with and by people who span a wide range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities. This exhibition features 75 objects for a wide range of users, and most are currently in production, while prototypes point to future directions in this rapidly advancing area of design.

Availability: as of October 2018, for slots of 4-6 months
Square footage: 2000

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