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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design #DesignLivesHere

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What would you design to create a healthier world? That was the question posed to participants in the National High Scho...
06/14/2021

What would you design to create a healthier world? That was the question posed to participants in the National High School Design Competition, and boy did they have some great responses! Today we are thrilled to announce the winners, huge congratulations go to Aditi Jha from duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY, Nidhi Malpani from Westwood High School, Austin, TX , and Yasmina Muradova from The Gatton Academy, Bowling Green, KY! 👏 👏 👏

Their design, named Aegle, encourages self-care and supports personal health with community participation, including to help deal with addiction. The care of a physical-mechanical plant is linked to a virtual plant shown on an app. The app tracks and responds to an individual’s well-being based on the goals they set, whether the plant flourishes depends on how well you treat yourself. Do you think this could help you and your life?

Find out more about all of the incredible finalists here: s.si.edu/3wpfUYQ

What would you design to create a healthier world? That was the question posed to participants in the National High School Design Competition, and boy did they have some great responses! Today we are thrilled to announce the winners, huge congratulations go to Aditi Jha from duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY, Nidhi Malpani from Westwood High School, Austin, TX , and Yasmina Muradova from The Gatton Academy, Bowling Green, KY! 👏 👏 👏

Their design, named Aegle, encourages self-care and supports personal health with community participation, including to help deal with addiction. The care of a physical-mechanical plant is linked to a virtual plant shown on an app. The app tracks and responds to an individual’s well-being based on the goals they set, whether the plant flourishes depends on how well you treat yourself. Do you think this could help you and your life?

Find out more about all of the incredible finalists here: s.si.edu/3wpfUYQ

06/10/2021

🎉 How sweet it is—Cooper Hewitt is officially reopen! 🎉

We've missed our visitors SO much—you make Cooper Hewitt what it is. So to welcome back as many people as possible we will remain free to enter until Oct 31st, thanks to the generous support of our Trustees.

Reserve your free ticket and check out our safety guidelines at cooperhewitt.org. Book fast, June is already pretty much sold out!

#DesignLivesHere #WelcomeBack

The countdown begins! Only one more day until we reopen!🎟 Reserve your free ticket and check out our safety guidelines a...
06/09/2021

The countdown begins! Only one more day until we reopen!

🎟 Reserve your free ticket and check out our safety guidelines at cooperhewitt.org. Any questions? PM us! #DesignLivesHere

🕗 Ball Wall Clock, 1949; Designed by George Nelson (American, 1907 – 1986); Gift of The Mel Byars Collection

The countdown begins! Only one more day until we reopen!

🎟 Reserve your free ticket and check out our safety guidelines at cooperhewitt.org. Any questions? PM us! #DesignLivesHere

🕗 Ball Wall Clock, 1949; Designed by George Nelson (American, 1907 – 1986); Gift of The Mel Byars Collection

Wanna stare at a different kind of screen?Cooper Hewitt reopens June 10th with free admission thanks to generous support...
06/08/2021

Wanna stare at a different kind of screen?

Cooper Hewitt reopens June 10th with free admission thanks to generous support from Cooper Hewitt’s Board of Trustees.

🎟 Reserve your free ticket and check out our safety guidelines at cooperhewitt.org. Any questions? DM us! #DesignLivesHere

📷 Fire-Orange Folding Screen, 1978; Jack Youngerman (b. 1926); 1981-67-1

Wanna stare at a different kind of screen?

Cooper Hewitt reopens June 10th with free admission thanks to generous support from Cooper Hewitt’s Board of Trustees.

🎟 Reserve your free ticket and check out our safety guidelines at cooperhewitt.org. Any questions? DM us! #DesignLivesHere

📷 Fire-Orange Folding Screen, 1978; Jack Youngerman (b. 1926); 1981-67-1

06/04/2021

Cooper Hewitt is reopening June 10th, with free admission to all—including to our special exhibition "Contemporary Muslim Fashions"! 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.

🎟 Reserve your free ticket and check out our safety guidelines at cooperhewitt.org. Any questions? PM us! #DesignLivesHere

"Contemporary Muslim Fashions" was organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

06/02/2021

We are thrilled to announce an incredible symposium co-organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Fashion, Culture, Futures: African American Ingenuity, Activism, and Storytelling” is a two-part virtual symposium that explores the influence and impact of African Americans on the fashion system.

Presented virtually Thursday, June 17, and Thursday, Oct. 21, both programs will bring together academics, designers, critics, models, artists, activists and others to share new perspectives on the relationship between fashion and the African American experience. Register and learn more through our event page https://fb.me/e/RrUpSTaT

Cooper Hewitt is reopening June 10th, with free admission to all—including to our special exhibition "Willi Smith: Stree...
05/28/2021

Cooper Hewitt is reopening June 10th, with free admission to all—including to our special exhibition "Willi Smith: Street Couture"! Considered to be the most commercially successful Black American designer of the 20th century, Willi Smith pioneered “street couture”—fashion inspired by the creativity of people from the cities to the suburbs. This exhibition surveys Smith’s pathbreaking imagination of an inclusive, collaborative, and playful new society.

🎟 Reserve your free ticket and check out our safety guidelines at cooperhewitt.org. Any questions? PM us! #DesignLivesHere

Cooper Hewitt is reopening June 10th, with free admission to all—including to our special exhibition "Willi Smith: Street Couture"! Considered to be the most commercially successful Black American designer of the 20th century, Willi Smith pioneered “street couture”—fashion inspired by the creativity of people from the cities to the suburbs. This exhibition surveys Smith’s pathbreaking imagination of an inclusive, collaborative, and playful new society.

🎟 Reserve your free ticket and check out our safety guidelines at cooperhewitt.org. Any questions? PM us! #DesignLivesHere

Finished Netflix?Cooper Hewitt reopens June 10th with free admission thanks to generous support from Cooper Hewitt’s Boa...
05/27/2021

Finished Netflix?

Cooper Hewitt reopens June 10th with free admission thanks to generous support from Cooper Hewitt’s Board of Trustees!

🎟 Reserve your free ticket and check out our safety guidelines at cooperhewitt.org. Any questions? DM us! #DesignLivesHere

📷 TV8-301 Portable Television, 1959; Manufactured by Sony Corporation (Japan); Gift of Hiroko Onoyama, 2013-40-1

Finished Netflix?

Cooper Hewitt reopens June 10th with free admission thanks to generous support from Cooper Hewitt’s Board of Trustees!

🎟 Reserve your free ticket and check out our safety guidelines at cooperhewitt.org. Any questions? DM us! #DesignLivesHere

📷 TV8-301 Portable Television, 1959; Manufactured by Sony Corporation (Japan); Gift of Hiroko Onoyama, 2013-40-1

05/26/2021

🎉 We have big news folks! Cooper Hewitt is reopening on June 10th! And to make this joyous news even better, we are reopening with free admission! 🎉

Your visit to the museum will be free of charge until Oct 31st, thanks to generous support from Cooper Hewitt’s Board of Trustees.

🎟 Reserve your free ticket and check out our safety guidelines at cooperhewitt.org. Any questions? PM us!

We can't wait to see you again! #DesignLivesHere

Registration for Summer 2021 Design Camp at home is now open to everyone! Register now: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/edu...
05/10/2021

Registration for Summer 2021 Design Camp at home is now open to everyone!

Register now: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/education/designcamp/

Announcing Summer 2021 Design Camp at Home! This summer brings new themes, Smithsonian collaborators, and guest designers—all virtual and free of charge!

Campers will learn the tools necessary to tackle age-appropriate challenges, work collaboratively, and think creatively through design exercises.

Learn more about the programs: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/education/designcamp/

Our camp collaborators: @SmithsonianPanama @americanhistory @airandspace @NationalMuseumOfTheAmericanIndianMuseum and Team Mag

Registration opens:
Monday, April 26 for community organizations
Monday, May 3 for Cooper Hewitt members
Monday, May 10 for the general public

Registration is now open for Cooper Hewitt members! Free of cost, Summer 2021 Design Camp at Home equips campers with de...
05/03/2021

Registration is now open for Cooper Hewitt members! Free of cost, Summer 2021 Design Camp at Home equips campers with design skills on virtual journeys through space, the tropics, American history and more.

Learn more: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/education/designcamp/

Announcing Summer 2021 Design Camp at Home! This summer brings new themes, Smithsonian collaborators, and guest designers—all virtual and free of charge!

Campers will learn the tools necessary to tackle age-appropriate challenges, work collaboratively, and think creatively through design exercises.

Learn more about the programs: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/education/designcamp/

Our camp collaborators: @SmithsonianPanama @americanhistory @airandspace @NationalMuseumOfTheAmericanIndianMuseum and Team Mag

Registration opens:
Monday, April 26 for community organizations
Monday, May 3 for Cooper Hewitt members
Monday, May 10 for the general public

This #EarthDay, learn more about sustainable programs like those designed by Native Renewables. Native Renewables is an ...
04/22/2021
Power Is in Our Hands: Native Renewables | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This #EarthDay, learn more about sustainable programs like those designed by Native Renewables. Native Renewables is an Indigenous, women-led organization committed to empowering Navajo families with affordable, reliable, and clean electricity from solar resources and catalyzing systemic change. #EarthOptimism

Read more in this Design Journal excerpt by Wahleah Johns: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2021/04/22/power-is-in-our-hands/

Written by Wahleah Johns Access to electricity is a human right, essential to people’s health, security, and livelihoods. Of the 20,000 families in the United States without access to electricity, three-quarters live on the Navajo Nation. Despite their lands providing fossil fuels that have powere...

Inspired by #EarthOptimism and sustainable design, this Design at Home explores designers who work with recycled and fou...
04/22/2021
Design at Home: Accessory Design with Recycled Materials

Inspired by #EarthOptimism and sustainable design, this Design at Home explores designers who work with recycled and found materials to create jewelry. Then, give new life to recycled objects by designing an accessory that tells your story. #SmithsonianEdu

Watch and create: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cusHCpJDnk

Inspired by Earth Optimism and sustainable design, this Design at Home explores designers who work with recycled and found materials to create jewelry. Then,...

Announcing Summer 2021 Design Camp at Home! This summer brings new themes, Smithsonian collaborators, and guest designer...
04/19/2021

Announcing Summer 2021 Design Camp at Home! This summer brings new themes, Smithsonian collaborators, and guest designers—all virtual and free of charge!

Campers will learn the tools necessary to tackle age-appropriate challenges, work collaboratively, and think creatively through design exercises.

Learn more about the programs: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/education/designcamp/

Our camp collaborators: @SmithsonianPanama @americanhistory @airandspace @NationalMuseumOfTheAmericanIndianMuseum and Team Mag

Registration opens:
Monday, April 26 for community organizations
Monday, May 3 for Cooper Hewitt members
Monday, May 10 for the general public

Announcing Summer 2021 Design Camp at Home! This summer brings new themes, Smithsonian collaborators, and guest designers—all virtual and free of charge!

Campers will learn the tools necessary to tackle age-appropriate challenges, work collaboratively, and think creatively through design exercises.

Learn more about the programs: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/education/designcamp/

Our camp collaborators: @SmithsonianPanama @americanhistory @airandspace @NationalMuseumOfTheAmericanIndianMuseum and Team Mag

Registration opens:
Monday, April 26 for community organizations
Monday, May 3 for Cooper Hewitt members
Monday, May 10 for the general public

Announcing the finalists and honorable mentions for the 2021 National High School Design Competition, which challenged s...
03/31/2021

Announcing the finalists and honorable mentions for the 2021 National High School Design Competition, which challenged students to design a healthier world for all!

Finalists were selected from 815 astounding entries, and will move on to the next stage of the competition full of inspiring mentoring activities and the final presentation to a panel of judges.

See their entries here: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/design-competition-finalists/

Announcing the finalists and honorable mentions for the 2021 National High School Design Competition, which challenged students to design a healthier world for all!

Finalists were selected from 815 astounding entries, and will move on to the next stage of the competition full of inspiring mentoring activities and the final presentation to a panel of judges.

See their entries here: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/design-competition-finalists/

Step behind the scenes of the traveling exhibition "Contemporary Muslim Fashions" in a Q&A with San Francisco-area styli...
03/30/2021
Q&A with Saba Ali, Stylist for Contemporary Muslim Fashions | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Step behind the scenes of the traveling exhibition "Contemporary Muslim Fashions" in a Q&A with San Francisco-area stylist and image consultant Saba Ali. Ali discusses how she chooses which head wrap to style with an outfit, the wedding ensemble she loaned to the exhibition, and the democratization of fashion.

Read more: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2020/03/10/saba-ali/

Visit the digital mansion for more exhibition resources while the museum is temporarily closed.

For the exhibition, the San Francisco-area image consultant Saba Ali styled the mannequins’ head coverings, which represent a diversity of regional styles and interpretations of the concept of modesty.

#StopAsianHate - Standing Together Against Hate
03/23/2021
#StopAsianHate - Standing Together Against Hate

#StopAsianHate - Standing Together Against Hate

The Smithsonian Institution mourns the loss of eight people—seven of them women, six of whom were of Asian descent—who were killed last week when a gunman opened fire inside three spas located in Georgia.

This #InternationalWomensDay we’re exploring our Learning Lab Spotlight on Women Designers—seven remarkable women who im...
03/09/2021

This #InternationalWomensDay we’re exploring our Learning Lab Spotlight on Women Designers—seven remarkable women who impacted the world of design through the 20th century. Step into their oeuvres, inspirations, and histories in these collections.

Althea McNish https://s.si.edu/3pYeJvp
Elaine Lustig Cohen https://s.si.edu/38n0v12
Eva Zeisel https://s.si.edu/3rtzlNL
Trude Guermonprez https://s.si.edu/3bqW9I8
Lanette Scheeline https://s.si.edu/3cbh2X7
Gere Kavanaugh https://s.si.edu/2Oh1fOz
Dorothy Wright Liebes https://s.si.edu/3t1oY3T

Registration is open for Design Camp at Home | Spring Break! Partnering with Brooklyn-based studio Heavy Eyes, campers w...
03/03/2021

Registration is open for Design Camp at Home | Spring Break! Partnering with Brooklyn-based studio Heavy Eyes, campers will explore basic design principles to create a playful retail window display for an imaginary client.

Week of March 29: Mon, Wed, Fri
Ages: 9–12

Learn more: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/education/designcamp/

Registration is open for Design Camp at Home | Spring Break! Partnering with Brooklyn-based studio Heavy Eyes, campers will explore basic design principles to create a playful retail window display for an imaginary client.

Week of March 29: Mon, Wed, Fri
Ages: 9–12

Learn more: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/education/designcamp/

Broadside Press in Detroit published dozens of poetry books and broadsides written and designed by Black writers and art...
02/26/2021
Broadside Press and Black Graphic Design | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Broadside Press in Detroit published dozens of poetry books and broadsides written and designed by Black writers and artists, from 1966 to 1975. Founder Dudley Randall was a poet and librarian, who, in the process of publishing Black poetry for Black audiences, collaborated with Detroit artists and became a designer and art director himself.

Cooper Hewitt spoke with scholar Kinohi Nishikawa who noted that Randall discovered that “ornament, paper quality, format, and illustration could help create something magical and something lasting.” Beginning from a utilitarian view of printing as a means to an end, Randall fell in love with print’s tactile beauty and its ability to put poetry into people’s hands.

Cover montage by Ray Prather, Jr.; photos by Chester Higgins.

Blog the blog post by Ellen Lupton: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2021/02/24/broadside-press-and-black-graphic-design/

Broadside: A single sheet of paper printed on one side only. For centuries, broadsides were a popular ephemeral format for distributing news, announcements, advertisements, or commentary in the form of ballads. Between 1966 and 1975, Broadside Press in Detroit, Michigan published 81 books and dozens...

On this day in 1988, a year after visionary fashion designer Willi Smith’s death, NYC Mayor David Dinkins proclaimed Feb...
02/23/2021

On this day in 1988, a year after visionary fashion designer Willi Smith’s death, NYC Mayor David Dinkins proclaimed Feb. 23 as Willi Smith Day.

The following years saw Smith’s family and friends honor the designer’s legacy by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS, an extension of the work Smith himself did to increase visibility for Black and q***r experience through his collections, events, and collaborations.

“Since his passing, Smith’s feedback loop with the streets and inclusive agenda have been kept alive by those who have lived realities of inequality and violence based on race, sexuality, and gender.”
—Eric Darnell Pritchard from the essay “Vernaculars of Black and Q***r Remembering,” published in “Willi Smith: Street Couture” and online: https://willismitharchive.cargo.site/Vernaculars-of-Black-and-Q***r-Remembering

On this day in 1988, a year after visionary fashion designer Willi Smith’s death, NYC Mayor David Dinkins proclaimed Feb. 23 as Willi Smith Day.

The following years saw Smith’s family and friends honor the designer’s legacy by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS, an extension of the work Smith himself did to increase visibility for Black and q***r experience through his collections, events, and collaborations.

“Since his passing, Smith’s feedback loop with the streets and inclusive agenda have been kept alive by those who have lived realities of inequality and violence based on race, sexuality, and gender.”
—Eric Darnell Pritchard from the essay “Vernaculars of Black and Q***r Remembering,” published in “Willi Smith: Street Couture” and online: https://willismitharchive.cargo.site/Vernaculars-of-Black-and-Q***r-Remembering

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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.