This week, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York, announced a new exhibition, “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” as the fifth installment of a series of shows, inaugurated in 2000, about aesthetic innovation. Featuring more than 250 works by 62 international designers, the exhibition, which begins in 2016, presents “design as a creative endeavor that engages the mind, body, and senses with works of astonishing form and surprising function,” museum director Caroline Baumann said in a press release.
With projects ranging from furniture and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectural prototypes, the exhibition explores seven themes: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental, and transformative.
Organized by assistant curator Andrea Lipps and senior curator of contemporary design Ellen Lupton, the exhibition was designed by Tsao & McKown Architects, based in Brooklyn, N.Y. A panel of international curatorial advisors, including Adélia Borges (Brazil), Claire Catterall (England), Kenya Hara (Japan), Mugendi M’Rithaa (South Africa), Suvi Saloniemi (Finland), Sarah Scaturro (U.S.) and Annemartine van Kesteren (Netherlands), also helped develop the exhibition.
Correlating with the exhibition's theme, the museum also announced a series of public programming throughout the spring and summer of 2016. Planned events will center around "magical materialism," "beauty and biology," and graphic design.
The exhibition will run Feb. 12 to Aug. 21, 2016.