Cocktails and Concerts at Cooper Hewitt

Cocktails and Concerts at Cooper Hewitt

“Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt,” a weekly evening concert series at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is back! Held in the newly renovated Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, guests can enjoy performances from an array of entertainers, all while sipping on cocktails (or other available libations) and enjoying the company of others.

(©Katie Labovitz)

These weekly events are hosted every Thursday from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm through August 18. Folks can grab a beverage and hang out near the performance space until the show starts, or, for the first hour of the event, they can tour the first and second floor exhibition galleries of the museum.

Once the performance starts, guests can chill in the garden with their drinks or if you’re in the mood, feel free to dance! I recently attended KAMAU’s performance and had as much fun people watching as I did listening to his music. KAMAU is a singer/rapper/producer and there was a quite a crowd of people who knew every word and were singing and dancing to each number.

KAMAU entertaining the masses (©Katie Labovitz)

The Cooper Hewitt has a great line-up finishing out their Cocktails series. Here’s who you can see the rest of the summer:

July 28 - Chief Boima - Neo Electric African Diasporic Music

August 4 - Julliard Night - The Westerlies - trumpet quartet (free—no ticket required)

August 11 - David Dorfman Dance - a New York dance company

August 18 - DJ DALKESH - spins funk, soul and hip-hop


For the remaining performances that require tickets, those are $13 online (which can be purchsed here) or $15 at the door. Concerts are free for Cooper Hewitt Members. Each ticket includes one complimentary drink—valid I.D.s are required for cocktails.

As this was our first time visiting the Cooper Hewitt, my friend and I did opt to check out the inside of the museum before the concert. We were delighted to find the “Pixar: The Design of Story” exhibit—on display through Sept. 11—and look at the concept artwork from the popular films, as well as design our own emotions like those from “Inside Out.”

Concept artwork of "Luxo" (©Katie Labovitz)

On the same floor, I intrigued by a giant clock, designed by Humans Since 1982, made out of tiny clocks that would line up perfectly to tell the time as part of the “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” exhibition.

This clock of clocks was mesmerizing to watch (©Katie Labovitz)

There are neat hands-on design stations throughout the museum where guests can take a stab at creating tables, chairs, hats and more. In the Immersion Room, people can design wallpaper or make little sketches that are then projected onto the walls around them.

The Models & Prototypes gallery on the second floor was amazing—we saw such intricate designs of staircases that were themselves works of art. Everything really was just so fascinating to look at and the combination of exploring the museum and then taking in a great concert made for a lovely evening on the Upper East Side.

Gorgeous model staircases (©Katie Labovitz)

For more information about Cooper Hewitt and its current exhibits, click here.

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