UES Specialty Museum: Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum

UES Specialty Museum: Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum

NYC is home to many museums, several of which pepper the Upper East Side’s Museum Mile—the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th streets. Although this famed area boasts world-renowned, all-encompassing institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, it is also teeming with specialty museums—including the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Part of the Smithsonian Institution and housed in Andrew Carnegie’s Georgian-style Mansion, the museum is dedicated to historical and contemporary design. Currently, visitors can see the exhibition How Posters Work—featuring more than 125 posters from Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection, including Lucian Bernhard’s 1909–1910 “Adler” poster; Frederick Siebel’s 1942 “Someone Talked”; and Michael Bierut’s 1999 poster “Light/Years.” On view thru January 24, 2016, the exhibition examines how artists have used design principles to produce impactful visual communication. On view thru January 3, 2016, Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio focuses on the work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio. For a complete list of current exhibitions, click here.

The museum includes the café Tarallucci e Vino Cafe on the ground floor, as well as the Immersion Room on the second floor—dedicated to high-resolution, digitized wallpaper. Public tours of the museum are offered at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. during the week and at 1 and 3 p.m. on weekends. Private tours can also be arranged. For more information about the museum, click here.

Pictured: Immersion Room at the Cooper Hewitt. (Courtesy Cooper Hewitt)


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