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Cooper Hewitt Design Workshop and Talk at Industry City

12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In celebration of the NYCxDESIGN Festival, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will host a special day of programming at Brooklyn’s Industry City. Gain exposure to design and the design process in these highly interactive sessions. No prior experience with design is needed to participate.
12:00-2:00 P.M. | ON DISPLAY

What would you display in a storefront? In this hands-on workshop for ages 5-12, participants will explore the basic principles and elements of design to create a retail window display for an imaginary client. From color contrast to form and placement, we’ll take you through the ins-and-outs of making a display that stand out from the crowd. This event is free. Registration is not required.


The 19th-century department store and its successor, the modern mall, have continually evolved to attract and keep consumer attention for decades. Join us as critic Alexandra Lange and Cooper Hewitt curator Emily Orr examine design’s leading role in the development and cultural impact of some of America’s most impressive shopping complexes. Sharing stories from their recent books on retail, Lange and Orr will highlight how aspects from architecture and display to urban planning and community building have shaped our shopping experiences.


Alexandra Lange is a design critic and author of the forthcoming Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall (Bloomsbury, June 2022) among other books. She has written extensively on postwar design for children and in the domestic sphere. She has been the architecture critic for Curbed, and her work has appeared in CityLab, Dezeen, New York Magazine, the New York Times, and the New Yorker.

Emily M. Orr is the Associate Curator and Acting Head, Product Design and Decorative Arts at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum. Her exhibitions at Cooper Hewitt include Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer (2021-22), Botanical Expressions (2019-21), and Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s (2017). Orr was formerly the Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow in the American Decorative Arts Department at the Yale University Art Gallery (2009-12). She has written articles on a range of design history topics and is the author of Designing the Department Store: Display and Retail at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Bloomsbury, 2019).

Learn more at cooperhewitt.org/events.


12:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST


Industry City
238 36th St
Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
Event Format
Live (indoor)
Event Type
Talk/Lecture, Workshop, Special Event
Open to Public
Design Discipline