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Cooper Hewitt Located in New York City, Cooper Hewitt is the nation's only museum dedicated exclusively to historic and contemporary design.
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. After a three-year renovation, the museum re-opened in December 2014 with exhibitions featuring a rich mix of historic and contemporary design objects from our permanent collection, unique temporary installations, and dynamic interactive experiences. We also have an exciting calendar of events, including hands-on workshops, talks, and family programs. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum monitors and may remove posts consistent with the Smithsonian's terms of use. The Smithsonian may also archive materials posted on this website pursuant to its document retention policies. By posting content, you are giving the Smithsonian and those authorized by the Smithsonian permission to use or modify it for any educational, promotional, or other standard museum purpose, in media of all kinds whether now known or later developed. Please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use: http://si.edu/termsofuse for more information.

What do bunnies do when they aren't delivering colorful eggs? 🥚🐇In this wallpaper, bunnies sport bathing suits, tour on ...
04/12/2020
Some Very Bunny Antics | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

What do bunnies do when they aren't delivering colorful eggs? 🥚🐇

In this wallpaper, bunnies sport bathing suits, tour on a tandem bike, sitting for a portrait, and even kick their paws high in a cancan line.

From the late 1940s through the 1950s, the United States churned out more novelty wallpapers containing funky, humorous designs.

These kitschy designs were typically reserved for powder rooms or bathrooms, kitchens, possibly bedrooms, while the public rooms could still be papered with more serious or elegant designs.

When it comes to post-war wallpapers the kitsch award goes to American manufacturers. From the late 1940s through the 1950s the United States churned out more novelty wallpapers containing a greater volume of funky, humorous designs than probably all other nations combined. This wallpaper with rabbi...

Cooper Hewitt's cover photo
04/10/2020

Cooper Hewitt's cover photo

Now that we’ve moved happy hours, birthday parties, and celebrations of all kinds into the digital realm, we’re sharing ...
04/07/2020
7 Funky Backgrounds for Your Next Virtual Happy Hour | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Now that we’ve moved happy hours, birthday parties, and celebrations of all kinds into the digital realm, we’re sharing designs drawn from Cooper Hewitt’s astonishing collection of wallcoverings—among the world’s largest—for you to use as backgrounds on your video conference calls.

As a bonus, you can use these designs as backgrounds for your desktop or phone!

Now that we've moved happy hours, birthday parties, and celebrations of all kinds into the digital realm, we're sharing designs drawn from Cooper Hewitt's astonishing collection of wallcoverings—among the world's largest—for you to use as backgrounds on your video conference calls. Think of it a...

Design lives here. Wander the rooms of the Carnegie Mansion to explore exhibitions, archives, and tools for educators an...
04/02/2020
Digital Mansion | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Design lives here.

Wander the rooms of the Carnegie Mansion to explore exhibitions, archives, and tools for educators and parents. We’ve compiled the best of our online resources and a few of our favorite objects from Cooper Hewitt’s collection to brighten your day.

Design lives here. Wander the rooms of the Carnegie Mansion to explore exhibitions, archives, and tools for educators and parents. We’ve compiled the best of our online resources and a few of our favorite objects from Cooper Hewitt’s collection to brighten your day. Sign up for our newsletter

Need a break? 🖍️Our Fragile Beasts coloring book is now available for you to download and print from home for free.Disco...
03/27/2020

Need a break? 🖍️

Our Fragile Beasts coloring book is now available for you to download and print from home for free.

Discover hidden monsters and awaken serpents, chimeras, dragons, and gargoyles in this coloring book inspired by grotesque ornament prints from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Get the Fragile Beasts coloring book: cooperhewitt.org/publications/fragile-beasts-coloring-book/

With many students currently learning from home, Smithsonian Learning Lab offers schools, caregivers, and interested stu...
03/17/2020
Five Women’s History Stories You Can Explore at Home with Smithsonian

With many students currently learning from home, Smithsonian Learning Lab offers schools, caregivers, and interested students a place to dig into history, art, culture, science, technology, and more. Smithsonian educators have created collection sets of resources that include objects, videos, articles, and more that fit a galaxy of different themes. #BecauseOfHerStory

With many students currently learning from home, Smithsonian Learning Lab offers schools, caregivers, and interested students a place to dig into history, art, culture, science, technology, and more.

We are inspired by teachers who work hard to continue instruction even when schools are closed. Take a look at Cooper He...
03/17/2020
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum | Smithsonian Learning Lab

We are inspired by teachers who work hard to continue instruction even when schools are closed.

Take a look at Cooper Hewitt’s collections on the Smithsonian Learning Lab, a digital platform designed to inspire the discovery and creative use of rich digital materials—more than two million images, recordings, and texts from the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 major research centers, the National Zoo, and more.

Educators, we want to hear from you. Share your ideas for #SmithsonianEdu resources that would be helpful for your students: [email protected]

Your guide to free, high-quality student and educator resources from the Smithsonian:
03/17/2020
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Your guide to free, high-quality student and educator resources from the Smithsonian:

We are committed to supporting teachers and students around the globe as they face unprecedented new learning challenges. Smithsonian Education is providing free, quality resources and personalized help at learninglab.si.edu/distancelearning.

“The Smithsonian should have a prominent place in every classroom and home in America,” said Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch. “Whether during the course of everyday learning or in a crisis like this, parents, teachers and students can rely on the Smithsonian’s wealth of expertise and knowledge that is available for free at the click of a mouse.”

Our resources focus on pre-K through 12 education, and include lesson plans tied to national learning standards and a variety of low-tech and no-tech solutions for students without reliable internet access. We worked with DC Public Schools to curate distance-learning opportunities tied specifically to the schools’ curriculum goals, drawing on content and expertise from across our museums, research centers, and libraries.

Teachers can find these recommended activities broken down by grade and subject. Caregivers can also find activities designed specifically for them to work with their children at home.

The Smithsonian Learning Lab will expand its online office hours with experts to answer questions and help identify lessons and activities for specific needs.

While our spaces are closed, you can explore millions of objects, artworks, specimens, books and archival material online at si.edu/collections. #SmithsonianEdu

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03/13/2020
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As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14. We will provide updates on social media and on our website.

Our Willi Smith Community Archive is live! The Willi Smith Community Archive invites friends, collaborators and admirers...
03/12/2020

Our Willi Smith Community Archive is live!

The Willi Smith Community Archive invites friends, collaborators and admirers of American designer Willi Smith to share in writing his history. This site collects and publishes personal recollections, new scholarship, video, and digital ephemera that contributes to a greater understanding of Smith’s life, work, and times.

Explore now: https://willismitharchive.cargo.site

03/12/2020
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As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events through May 3. See si.edu/events for details. Museums and the National Zoo remain open at this time. We are monitoring the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials.

This bold poster was printed by the Chicago Women’s Graphics Collective to celebrate International Women’s Day on March ...
03/08/2020
International Women’s Day | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This bold poster was printed by the Chicago Women’s Graphics Collective to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 1975.

The elegant design uses direct, straightforward symbols to clearly communicate a message of unity, a popular design approach amongst political and activist posters from the 1960s and 1970s.

The elliptical form above the women resembles a global map, suggesting that each figure might belong to a different region of the world, and the poster’s use of both English and Spanish text likewise transmits an inclusive message.

This bold poster was printed by the Chicago Women’s Graphics Collective to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 1975. The elegant design uses direct, straightforward symbols to clearly communicate a message of unity, a popular design approach amongst political and activist posters fro...

This pioneering exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover and those who do not—have become arbiters of style ...
02/28/2020

This pioneering exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities. Contemporary Muslim Fashions features approximately 80 ensembles drawn from established and emerging designers in high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear and couture, as well as about 40 photographs to contextualize the garments on view. Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. On view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum through August 23, 2020.

Photos by Micah Pegues.

This pioneering exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities. Contemporary Muslim Fashions features approximately 80 ensembles drawn from established and emerging designers in high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear and couture, as well as about 40 photographs to contextualize the garments on view. Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. On view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum through August 23, 2020.

Photos by Micah Pegues.

Contemporary Muslim Fashions opens today!Contemporary Muslim Fashions features approximately 80 ensembles drawn from est...
02/28/2020
Contemporary Muslim Fashions | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Contemporary Muslim Fashions opens today!

Contemporary Muslim Fashions features approximately 80 ensembles drawn from established and emerging designers in high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear, and couture, as well as about 40 photographs.

The exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover their heads and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities. As designers and entrepreneurs, they have shown that clothing can be on-trend and still meet the needs of diverse wearers. As consumers, they have used their influence to shape global fashion markets. And as journalists, bloggers, and influencers, they have confronted a lack of representation in the mainstream fashion narrative and drawn international attention to the vitality of Muslim modest style.

Contemporary Muslim Fashions is the first major museum exhibition to explore the rise of the modest fashion industry. Modest fashion refers to garments that are

Cooper Hewitt's cover photo
02/27/2020

Cooper Hewitt's cover photo

02/25/2020
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Millions of collection resources from the Smithsonian, including design treasures from Cooper Hewitt's collection, are now yours to use for free.

The Smithsonian's treasures belong to you. Now you can download, transform and share the Smithsonian’s Open Access content for any purpose, for free, without further permission from the Smithsonian.

We can't wait to see how you get creative with about 2.8 million Smithsonian collection images, 3D models, data and research.

Tune in to our #SmithsonianOpenAccess event tonight at 7:15 p.m. ET at si.edu/OpenAccess.

American artist Winslow Homer was born on this day in 1836.Winslow Homer’s 1873 oil painting titled, Sunlight and Shadow...
02/24/2020
Bucolic Musings | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

American artist Winslow Homer was born on this day in 1836.

Winslow Homer’s 1873 oil painting titled, Sunlight and Shadow—In the Hammock, depicts an idyllic scene of tranquil bourgeois leisure in a pastoral setting. The scene portrays a young middle-to-upper class woman, indicated by her well-maintained white dress and refined shoes, reading peacefully in a hammock. Stretching from one end of the canvas to the other, the woven hammock and its sitter appear to be floating amongst the varied green leaves and black branches. Her face is softly defined and relaxed; as her body and dangling skirt hem swing amongst light dappled trees.

Critic Holland Cotter has said that Homer’s “apple scented mid-1870s images of upstate New York farms and schools…reflect a mood of national nostalgia as the country’s Centennial approached.”

Winslow Homer’s 1873 oil painting titled, Sunlight and Shadow—In the Hammock, depicts an idyllic scene of tranquil bourgeois leisure in a pastoral setting. The scene portrays a young middle-to-upper class woman, indicated by her well-maintained white dress and refined shoes, reading peacefully i...

Cooper Hewitt’s largest education program is the National Design Awards. Cooper Hewitt visited the San Francisco-based d...
02/18/2020

Cooper Hewitt’s largest education program is the National Design Awards. Cooper Hewitt visited the San Francisco-based design firm Studio O+A, winner of the 2016 National Design Award for Interior Design, to explore innovative storytelling techniques through a hands-on workshop and studio tour. National Design Award winners and Cooper Hewitt educators led hands-on workshops at a local elementary school. At Design Within Reach, National Design Award winners engaged in a lively discussion. Photos: Drew Bird Photo. NDA Cities is made possible by major support from Target.
Major support is provided by Adobe, Ainslie Foundation, and Siegel Family Endowment.
Additional support is provided by Shelby and Frederick Gans Foundation, The Gottesman Fund, and Design Within Reach.

Cooper Hewitt’s largest education program is the National Design Awards. Cooper Hewitt visited the San Francisco-based design firm Studio O+A, winner of the 2016 National Design Award for Interior Design, to explore innovative storytelling techniques through a hands-on workshop and studio tour. National Design Award winners and Cooper Hewitt educators led hands-on workshops at a local elementary school. At Design Within Reach, National Design Award winners engaged in a lively discussion. Photos: Drew Bird Photo. NDA Cities is made possible by major support from Target.
Major support is provided by Adobe, Ainslie Foundation, and Siegel Family Endowment.
Additional support is provided by Shelby and Frederick Gans Foundation, The Gottesman Fund, and Design Within Reach.

Happy Valentine's Day!Valentine's Day was the favorite holiday of fashion designer Willi Smith, who is celebrated in an ...
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day was the favorite holiday of fashion designer Willi Smith, who is celebrated in an exhibition opening March 13 at Cooper Hewitt. Smith would send notes like this one to the fashion editors who covered his cool, affordable streetwear styles.

Photo: Bill Bonnell for WilliWear, Valentine's Day Card, ca. 1984; Bill Bonnell papers, Vignelli Center for Design Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology, © Bill Bonnell

Learn more: cooperhewitt.org/willismith

Cooper Hewitt’s largest education program is the National Design Awards. Cooper Hewitt visited the San Francisco-based d...
02/13/2020

Cooper Hewitt’s largest education program is the National Design Awards. Cooper Hewitt visited the San Francisco-based design firm Studio O+A, winner of the 2016 National Design Award for Interior Design, to explore innovative storytelling techniques through a hands-on workshop and studio tour. National Design Award winners and Cooper Hewitt educators led hands-on workshops at a local elementary school. At Design Within Reach, National Design Award winners engaged in a lively discussion. Photos: Drew Bird Photo. NDA Cities is made possible by major support from Target.
Major support is provided by Adobe, Ainslie Foundation, and Siegel Family Endowment.
Additional support is provided by Shelby and Frederick Gans Foundation, The Gottesman Fund, and Design Within Reach.

Cooper Hewitt’s largest education program is the National Design Awards. Cooper Hewitt visited the San Francisco-based design firm Studio O+A, winner of the 2016 National Design Award for Interior Design, to explore innovative storytelling techniques through a hands-on workshop and studio tour. National Design Award winners and Cooper Hewitt educators led hands-on workshops at a local elementary school. At Design Within Reach, National Design Award winners engaged in a lively discussion. Photos: Drew Bird Photo. NDA Cities is made possible by major support from Target.
Major support is provided by Adobe, Ainslie Foundation, and Siegel Family Endowment.
Additional support is provided by Shelby and Frederick Gans Foundation, The Gottesman Fund, and Design Within Reach.

Alvin Lustig (1915-1955) was born on this day. Alvin Lustig was one of the most influential graphic designers of mid-20t...
02/08/2020

Alvin Lustig (1915-1955) was born on this day.

Alvin Lustig was one of the most influential graphic designers of mid-20th century America, despite the unfortunate brevity of his career. Well-known for his designs of books, book jackets, and magazines, Lustig also designed several record jackets for albums of classical and concert band music. Four such albums bearing Lustig’s design are featured in Cooper Hewitt’s collection.

Learn more: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2016/08/02/sound-off/

Our Director of Curatorial, Cara McCarty, retires today. Celebrated for her multidisciplinary approach to design, McCart...
01/31/2020

Our Director of Curatorial, Cara McCarty, retires today.

Celebrated for her multidisciplinary approach to design, McCarty began her curatorial career in 1980 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) where she held several curatorial positions. McCarty was a protégée of Arthur Drexler, the highly influential curator and director of MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design.

In 1992, the St. Louis Museum of Art (SLAM) offered McCarty the opportunity to build a design collection. She moved from New York to St. Louis to head its Department of Decorative Arts and Design.

In 2007, McCarty returned to New York to become Curatorial Director at Cooper Hewitt. She oversaw our museum’s curatorial vision, collection, and exhibition planning, and curated exhibitions. McCarty was instrumental in Cooper Hewitt’s 2014 renovation and transformation into a 21st-century museum, from the master plan to the creation of immersive museum spaces and participatory visitor experiences. Among her celebrated exhibitions and publications are Why Design Now? National Design Triennial 2010 (2010), Tools: Extending Our Reach (2014), Access+Ability (2017), and The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility (2018). McCarty shaped the museum’s collection, adding strength to its American and contemporary holdings.

Learn more in this post authored by our curator Andrea Lipps: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2020/01/31/cara-mccarty-cooper-hewitt-curator-with-an-extraordinary-career/

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Public transit routes include the Lexington Avenue 4, 5, and 6 subways (86th or 96th Street Stations), and Fifth and Madison Avenue buses.

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Cooper Hewitt is America’s design museum. Inclusive, innovative and experimental, the museum’s dynamic exhibitions, education programs, master’s program, publications and online resources inspire, educate and empower people through design. An integral part of the Smithsonian Institution—the world’s largest museum and research complex—Cooper Hewitt is located on New York City’s Museum Mile in the historic, landmark Carnegie Mansion. Steward of one of the world’s most diverse and comprehensive design collections—over 210,000 objects that range from an ancient Egyptian faience cup dating to about 1100 BCE to contemporary 3D-printed objects and digital code—Cooper Hewitt welcomes everyone to discover the importance of design and its power to change the world. Cooper Hewitt knits digital into experiences to enhance ideas, extend reach beyond museum walls, and enable greater access, personalization, experimentation and connection. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum monitors and may remove posts consistent with the Smithsonian's terms of use. The Smithsonian may also archive materials posted on this website pursuant to its document retention policies. By posting content, you are giving the Smithsonian and those authorized by the Smithsonian permission to use or modify it for any educational, promotional, or other standard museum purpose, in media of all kinds whether now known or later developed. Please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use: http://si.edu/termsofuse for more information.