public programs

Image of three women sitting in purple chairs during a panel discussion. The woman in the middle Kat Holmes, speaks into a microphone
Building a more inclusive city is a design opportunity. Join us for a day of ignite talks and critical discussions presented in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office for Disabilities to explore the barriers that make cities inaccessible and the innovations that promote intentional user-focused design. Moderated by Victor Calise, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People...
Image of Adam Kesner, Minister of Information at Trivial Dispute leads a group in a trivia game at Cooper Hewitt
Graphic Design Meetup: Design is Storytelling
Test your knowledge and explore the role of storytelling in the design process in a delightful evening of short talks and trivial disputes. Cooper Hewitt curator Ellen Lupton discusses her new book, Design Is Storytelling, a guide to narrative thinking for designers. Also on deck: Peter Mendelsund, a brilliant graphic designer and prolific writer who brings...
Image of Shantell Martin with her textiles at Cooper Hewitt Museum Conservatory
2017 Museum Day Live! Shantell Martin Live Drawing
Multifaceted designer and artist Shantell Martin joined us on September 23, for Museum Day Live! in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. Martin demonstrated how she makes her striking drawings, and lead a hands-on workshop for all those who attended. Here are some highlights from that event. The work of Shantell Martin is a meditation...
Jamie Bennett, Doug Bucci discuss materials and methods with Lindsay Pollock.
Jewelry of Ideas Symposium | Second Afternoon Session
Jewelry-makers Jamie Bennett and Doug Bucci discuss their art and craft with journalist and collector Lindsay Pollock.
Image of Myra Mimlitsch-Gray and Helen Drutt educator, and curatorial consultant, discuss communicating ideas through jewelry, moderated by Kiff Slemmons (far left)
Jewelry of Ideas Symposium | First Afternoon Session
Jeweler Myra Mimlitsch-Gray and educator Helen Drutt discuss communicating ideas through jewelry, moderated by Kiff Slemmons, jeweler and metalsmith.
Image of Thomas Gentille, Bruce Metcalf, Iris Eichenberg speak during Cooper Hewitt Symposium of ideas 2017
Jewelry of Ideas Symposium | Morning Session
Watch a keynote address by Iris Eichenberg, plus a discussion with Bruce Metcalf and Thomas Gentille.
Image of panel discussion The Rhode Island School of Design Glass Department celebrated the launch of its new book, Wonder: 50 Years RISD Glass,
Book Launch: “Wonder: 50 Years RISD Glass”
The Rhode Island School of Design Glass Department celebrated the launch of its new book, Wonder: 50 Years RISD Glass, with a panel discussion.
Image of Esperanza Spalding in Conversation with Caitlin Condell, Oct 2, 2017
Design Talk | Improvisation and Transformation: An Evening with Esperanza Spalding
A conversation with musician and four-time Grammy Award–winner Esperanza Spalding.
Design Extravaganza
  This week and next, Cooper-Hewitt is offering extraordinary design programs hosted by Bill Moggridge. The first is this Thursday evening and will feature Professor Shinichi Takemura’s incredible interactive multimedia presentation “Tangible Earth,” which is followed next Monday by a conversation with Italian design maestro Alberto Alessi.   Tangible Earth   For the first time...