Cooper Hewitt announces fall exhibitions focusing on textiles, socially-responsible design

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The two exhibits take a very different approach to their subject matter, with the first heavily centered on a specific medium and industry (textiles) while the second focuses broadly on how design can tackle social challenges ranging from healthcare to transportation infrastructure. Read below for more details!

Square bag, 2015, designed 2000. Designed by Luisa Cevese (Italian, b. 1955), produced by Riedizioni (Milan, Italy). COPYRIGHT: Luisa Cevese Riedizioni

Square bag, 2015, designed 2000. Designed by Luisa Cevese (Italian, b. 1955), produced by Riedizioni (Milan, Italy). COPYRIGHT: Luisa Cevese Riedizioni

Tikdi shawl using smallest jamdani scraps, 2009. Designed by Christina Kim (American b. South Korea 1957), produced by dosa inc. (Los Angeles, California). COPYRIGHT: Photo by Raymond Meier

Tikdi shawl using smallest jamdani scraps, 2009. Designed by Christina Kim (American b. South Korea 1957), produced by dosa inc. (Los Angeles, California). COPYRIGHT: Photo by Raymond Meier

Textile, Futsu Crisscross, 2009. Designed by Reiko Sudo (Japanese, b. 1953), manufactured by Nuno Corp. (Tokyo, Japan). 62% silk (raw silk and kibiso), 38% cotton. COPYRIGHT: Nuno Corp.

Textile, Futsu Crisscross, 2009. Designed by Reiko Sudo (Japanese, b. 1953), manufactured by Nuno Corp. (Tokyo, Japan). 62% silk (raw silk and kibiso), 38% cotton. COPYRIGHT: Nuno Corp.

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse, Sept. 23–April 16, 2017

Traditional craft and modern sustainability will intersect within this exhibit, which will include more than forty works from Reiko Sudo of Tokyo-based textile design firm Nuno, Luisa Cevese of Milan-based studio Riedizioni, and Christina Kim of Los Angeles-based brand dosa. Museum Director Caroline Baumann said in a press release, “Telling the inspiring and empowering stories of three women designers and entrepreneurs who hail from three continents, Scraps brings critical focus to the human and environmental costs of fashion consumption while also offering viable solutions for reducing waste and raising awareness.”

Open House by Matthew Mazzotta in York, AL. COPYRIGHT: Shana Berger/Coleman Center for the Arts.

Open House by Matthew Mazzotta in York, AL. COPYRIGHT: Shana Berger/Coleman Center for the Arts.

Underpass Park by PFS Studio and The Planning Partnership, in Toronto. COPYRIGHT: Waterfront Toronto, artwork by Paul Raff, Mirage,” 2012

Underpass Park by PFS Studio and The Planning Partnership, in Toronto. COPYRIGHT: Waterfront Toronto, artwork by Paul Raff, Mirage,” 2012

Belt Line, Atlanta. Photo: Perkins+Will

Belt Line, Atlanta. Photo: Perkins+Will

By the People: Designing a Better America, Sept. 30–Feb. 26, 2017

Cynthia E. Smith, the Cooper Hewitt’s curator of socially responsible design, spent two years compiling By the People. It will cover 60 projects that relate to health care, alternative transportation, sustainable land use, food, education, and more. An introductory section of the exhibition, which will include a video by Cassim Shepard and an interactive data visualization titled Mapping the Measure of America, aims to explore social inequality in the U.S. and contextualize the other exhibit’s other projects. Baumann added “By the People will showcase the innovative and impactful actions generated through design, and inspire creative problem-solving at local, regional, national and even international levels.”

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