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New York: Open for business

This photo provided by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum shows the-installation view of Tools: Extending Our Reach featuring Controller of the Universe by Damián Ortega and Solar Wall at the museum in New York.
This photo provided by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum shows the-installation view of Tools: Extending Our Reach featuring Controller of the Universe by Damián Ortega and Solar Wall at the museum in New York. AP

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, revamped, restored and expanded after a three-year closure, has reopened at last, all decked out for the 21st century in its historic Carnegie Mansion home just a few blocks up Fifth Avenue from the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Visitors to the museum will be hard-pressed to recognize the old-fashioned, somewhat wonky entity of old. Come ready to experience a new kind of museum straddling art and science, 19th century architecture and a 21st century Jetsons sort of world, where 3-D designs can be downloaded and hundreds of wallpaper patterns can be viewed (or designed) at the touch of a finger. Visitors are invited to use the museum as a practical design resource and exploration center as much as a museum in the traditional sense.

Details: www.CooperHewitt.org.

Associated Press

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