Upcoming Exhibitions

Black and white line drawing of the Carnegie Mansion

Acquired! Shaping the National Design Collection
on view march 16, 2024 through september 2, 2024

What does it mean to be a design museum today? This exhibition highlights how Cooper Hewitt acquires new work to shape the collection to better reflect current issues and design’s evolving role in daily interactions. Presented on the second-floor galleries, the exhibition will feature objects that represent the museum’s collecting legacy, as well as works brought into the collection since 2017.

Generous support for Acquired! Shaping the National Design Collection is provided by Cooper Hewitt’s Collections Committee and by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.

ON VIEW Fall 2024 THROUGH summer 2025

Making Home will be the seventh installment in the Design Triennial series, which was established in 2000 to address the most urgent topics of the time through a design lens. The exhibition explores the concept of home, bringing together wide-ranging perspectives on how design impacts and transforms lived experiences in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Tribal Nations.

The exhibition is organized by Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, curator of contemporary design and Hintz Secretarial Scholar at Cooper Hewitt; Christina L. De León, associate curator of Latino design at Cooper Hewitt; and Michelle Joan Wilkinson, curator of architecture and design at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Making Home marks the first time curators from two Smithsonian museums will collaborate on this flagship exhibition series.


Featured Image: Line drawing of the Carnegie Mansion