Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for “Making | Breaking: New Arrivals” Exhibition

    “Making | Breaking: New Arrivals” Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Furniture - Product - Video installation
    • 2017-05-19 - 2017-10-29

    Pushing the boundaries of materials, making and form, 43 new objects recently acquired by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will be on view in “Making | Breaking: New Arrivals”. Presented in the...More »

  • poster for “Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection” Exhibition

    “Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection” Exhibition

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    • Media: Furniture - Fashion
    • 2017-04-07 - 2017-08-27

    “Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection” at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will feature more than 100 extraordinary examples of luxury cigarette...More »

  • poster for “By the People: Designing a Better America” Exhibition

    “By the People: Designing a Better America” Exhibition

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    • Media: Other - Installation - Product
    • 2016-09-30 - 2017-02-26

    The third exhibition of Cooper Hewitt’s series devoted to humanitarian design will examine how design is challenging social and economic inequality across America. Curator of Socially Responsible Design...More »

  • poster for “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse” Exhibition

    “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse” Exhibition

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    • Media: Other - Sculpture - Installation - Fashion
    • 2016-09-27 - 2017-04-16

    An artisan’s hands hold a pencil and draw a series of short lines on woven fabric to mark where appliqué designs will be applied. Offering creative, alternative approaches to confronting textile waste,...More »

  • poster for “Thom Browne Selects” Exhibition

    “Thom Browne Selects” Exhibition

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    • Media: Furniture - Fashion - Product
    • 2016-03-04 - 2016-10-02

    Cooper Hewitt Presents Guest-Curated “Thom Browne Selects.” For the next installment of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s popular “Selects” series, fashion designer Thom Browne explores ideas...More »

  • poster for “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial”

    “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial”

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    • Media: Architecture - Sculpture - Installation - Other - Media Arts
    • 2016-02-12 - 2016-08-21

    Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial is the fifth installment of the museum’s signature contemporary design exhibition series. With a focus on aesthetic innovation, Beauty celebrates design as a creative...More »

  • poster for “Pixar: The Design of Story” Exhibition

    “Pixar: The Design of Story” Exhibition

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    • Media: Digital
    • 2015-10-08 - 2016-08-07

    Presented in the museum’s Process Lab, “Pixar: The Design of Story” will examine the design process behind Pixar Animation Studios and films such as Toy Story, Wall-E, Up, Brave, The Incredibles, and Cars,...More »

  • poster for “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio” Exhibition

    “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio” Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2015-06-24 - 2016-01-03

    Provocations is the first museum exhibition to introduce the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio to an American audience. Heatherwick is known for his unique...More »

  • poster for “David Adjaye Selects” Exhibition

    “David Adjaye Selects” Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2015-06-19 - 2016-02-14

    Architect David Adjaye mines the museum’s permanent collection for the 12th exhibition in the ongoing Selects series. On view in the Marks Gallery, the exhibition features 14 West and Central African textiles...More »

  • poster for “How Posters Work” Exhibition

    “How Posters Work” Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics - Illustration
    • 2015-05-08 - 2016-01-17

    Featuring more than 125 works from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition “How Posters Work” shows how dozens of different designers—from prominent pioneers like...More »

  • poster for “Maira Kalman Selects” Exhibition

    “Maira Kalman Selects” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2014-12-12 - 2015-06-14

    Maira Kalman Selects fills the former first-floor Drawing Room of the Carnegie Mansion with 40 objects from the collections of Cooper Hewitt, other Smithsonian institutions and Kalman herself, arranged...More »

  • poster for “Tools: Extending Our Reach” Exhibition

    “Tools: Extending Our Reach” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2014-12-12 - 2015-05-25

    This full-floor exhibition includes objects from Cooper Hewitt and nine other Smithsonian collections, spanning 1.85 million years of tool use and design, to explore how tools extend the human body—augmenting...More »

  • poster for “Beautiful Users” Exhibition

    “Beautiful Users” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2014-12-12 - 2015-04-26

    Beautiful Users, installed in Cooper Hewitt’s gracious first-floor Design Process Galleries, will introduce visitors to one of the fundamental changes in design thinking over the past half-century: the...More »

  • poster for "Graphic Design—Now in Production" Exhibition

    "Graphic Design—Now in Production" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Prints - Media Arts
    • 2012-05-26 - 2012-09-03

    “Graphic Design” explores the worlds of design-driven magazines, newspapers, books and posters; the expansion of branding programs for corporations, institutions and subcultures; the entrepreneurial spirit...More »

  • poster for Sonia Delaunay "Color Moves: Art and Fashion"

    Sonia Delaunay "Color Moves: Art and Fashion"

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    • Media: Fashion - Product
    • 2011-03-18 - 2011-06-19

    The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presents the exhibition “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay." Organized by Susan Brown, assistant curator, and Matilda McQuaid, deputy...More »

  • poster for “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” Exhibition

    “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Product - Crafts
    • 2011-02-18 - 2011-07-04

    “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” examines the renowned jewelry firm’s significant historical contributions to jewelry design and design innovation, particularly during the 20th century....More »

  • poster for "Recent Acquisitions: Digital Typography" Exhibition

    "Recent Acquisitions: Digital Typography" Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2010-09-03 - 2010-12-01

    This installation of five recently acquired graphic works will explore post-modernist trends in typography. On view will be examples of lively and expressive type fonts developed by designers as a counterpoint...More »

  • poster for "National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?" Exhibition

    "National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?" Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture - Fashion - Product
    • 2010-05-14 - 2011-01-09

    Inaugurated in 2000, the Triennial program seeks out and presents the most innovative designs at the center of contemporary culture. In this fourth exhibition in the series, the National Design Triennial...More »

  • poster for "Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection" Exhibition

    "Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyr Glass from the Permanent Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2010-04-23 - 2011-01-02

    New York-based designer Ted Muehling will serve as the tenth guest curator of the 'Selects' exhibition series in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery, devoted to showing the museum's permanent collection....More »

  • poster for "Tata Nano-The People's Car" Exhibition

    "Tata Nano-The People's Car" Exhibition

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    • Media: Product
    • 2010-02-18 - 2010-04-25

    Unveiled last year in India by Tata Motors, India's largest automobile manufacturer, the Tata Nano is targeted to families who had not previously been able to afford a car. Billed as "the people's car,"...More »

  • poster for "Quicktake: Rodarte" Exhibition

    "Quicktake: Rodarte" Exhibition

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    • Media: Furniture
    • 2010-02-11 - 2010-03-14

    Founded in 2005 by Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Rodarte is widely acclaimed for its daring and conceptual fashion collections. The installation offers a glimpse into the Mulleavys' unique process and inspiration...More »

  • poster for "Design USA: Contemporary Innovation" Exhibition

    "Design USA: Contemporary Innovation" Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics - Architecture - Fashion
    • 2009-10-16 - 2010-04-04

    Design USA celebrates the accomplishments of the winners honored during the first ten years of the prestigious National Design Awards. The exhibition features outstanding contemporary achievements in American...More »

  • poster for "Design for a Living World" Exhibition

    "Design for a Living World" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Product - Other
    • 2009-05-14 - 2010-01-04

    Ten leading designers have been commissioned to develop new uses for sustainably grown and harvested materials in order to tell a unique story about the life-cycle of materials and the power of conservation...More »

  • poster for "Fashioning Felt" Exhibition

    "Fashioning Felt" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2009-03-06 - 2009-09-07

    This exhibition will explore the varied new uses of felt—an ancient material, believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles. Made by matting together wool fibers with humidity and friction,...More »

  • poster for "Shahzia Sikander Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection" Exhibition

    "Shahzia Sikander Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Installation
    • 2009-03-06 - 2009-09-07

    Internationally acclaimed artist Shahzia Sikander will serve as the ninth guest curator of the “Selects” exhibition series in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery, devoted to showing the museum’s permanent...More »

  • poster for "Wall Stories: Children's Wallpapers and Books" Exhibition

    "Wall Stories: Children's Wallpapers and Books" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Prints
    • 2008-10-03 - 2009-04-05

    This exhibition will explore the relationship between wallpapers and books created for children through works from the permanent collection and the National Design Library. From their beginning in the...More »

  • poster for "Solos: Tulou/Affordable Housing for China" Exhibition

    "Solos: Tulou/Affordable Housing for China" Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2008-10-03 - 2009-04-05

    In the fifth installment of the Solos series, the museum will present Tulou, a prototype for affordable housing being built in the city of Guangzhou by the Chinese architectural practice Urbanus. The Tulou...More »

  • poster for "Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions, 2003–2008" Exhibition

    "Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions, 2003–2008" Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting - Drawing
    • 2008-09-12 - 2009-03-01

    International in scope and possessing one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence, the Museum's rich holdings range from the Han Dynasty (200 B.C.) to the present...More »

  • poster for "House Proud: Nineteenth-century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection" Exhibition

    "House Proud: Nineteenth-century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing
    • 2008-08-12 - 2009-01-25

    This exhibition showcases Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw’s collection of nineteenth-century watercolor drawings, which meticulously detail the era’s interior furnishings and document the social, cultural,...More »

  • poster for "Cocktails@Cooper-Hewitt" Art Party

    "Cocktails@Cooper-Hewitt" Art Party

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    • Media: Art Party
    • 2008-07-11 - 2008-08-15

    This summer, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will be holding a series of outdoor garden events. Cocktails@Cooper-Hewitt will be held on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., from July 11th through...More »

  • poster for GlassLab Presentation

    GlassLab Presentation

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    • Media: Art Talk - Performance Art
    • 2008-05-17 - 2008-06-03

    In a special two-week presentation, Cooper-Hewitt will host GlassLab, an innovative program of The Corning Museum of Glass that pairs its master glassmakers with some of the most creative minds working...More »

  • poster for "Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730–2008" Exhibition

    "Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730–2008" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Prints - Furniture
    • 2008-03-07 - 2008-07-06

    Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presents Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730–2008, a groundbreaking exhibition that fully explores rococo style and its continuing revivals up to the...More »

  • poster for "Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection" Exhibition

    "Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Prints - Furniture
    • 2008-02-15 - 2008-08-24

    The Brazilian design team of Fernando and Humberto Campana mined the Museum’s collection departments and chose a diverse group of more than thirty objects, dating from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries....More »

  • poster for "Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product" Exhibition

    "Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints - Product - Crafts
    • 2007-11-09 - 2008-09-01

    This exhibition will examine sample books and other sampling formats as tools for marketing or recording designs and techniques in a wide variety of media. In use since the eighteenth century, sampling...More »

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