Author: Micah Walter

Brown-haired woman standing inside a picture frame holding a small ceramic cat in her right hand.
Meet the Staff: Sarah Freeman
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do here at Cooper-Hewitt? I work in the Education Department as the Public Education Manager, which means that I develop and plan programs and activities that engage the public with the Museum, its collection, and with design in general. These include hands-on design...
Meet the Staff: Nick Golebiewski
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do here at Cooper-Hewitt? I’m the Membership Associate at Cooper-Hewitt. That means I’m essentially Cooper-Hewitt’s first-line ambassador to those patrons who care about it most. A lot of effort goes into programming exclusive studio visits and tours for our elite Design Watch members—and...
Screen shot of a Pinterest board displaying a selection of Cooper Hewitt posters.
Original Poster

When I started working at Cooper-Hewitt, I really had no idea what the collection was all about. At the time we had a very limited online collection, which included less than 1000 objects. As I started to investigate that museum website I thought it would be interesting to go through the process of searching for and actually viewing an object "IRL" (In Real Life).

Meet the Staff: Aaron Straup Cope
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do here at Cooper-Hewitt? The short version is "Internet typing". About thirty percent of my job is working with the rest of the Labs team to figure what it means, in concrete terms, to make the museum well-and-truly part of the internet and...
Drawing, before 1900
Design for Corsage Ornament
  In 1900, at the l’Exposition Universelle, Siegfried Bing coordinated the display of works by many of the most well known artists and designers of the Art Nouveau movement including, Hector Guimard and Louis Comfort Tiffany.  Though already popular, one designer in particular, René Lalique, would benefit from the Exposition.  On display in Lalique’s infamous...
Meet the Staff: Kelly Gorman
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do here at Cooper-Hewitt? I am the Grants Manager in the Development/Institutional Giving Department. I work on fundraising for all of our education programs—from pre-literacy programs for toddlers to adult public lectures and workshops. I research potential new funders, write proposals and reports,...
A Wikipedia entry for HIroshige
The Wikipedians are coming and we’ve opened the doors
One of the main goals with our new collections website has been to create connections between the Cooper-Hewitt collection and the rest of the world that already exist out on the Internet. Wikipedia is a key part of that world, and Wikipedia is becoming more ‘museum-friendly‘ every day. Right now we know that we have...
Meet the Staff: Nate Wilcox
Can you explain a little bit about the Operations Department at Cooper-Hewitt? The Operations department at Cooper-Hewitt includes Facilities, Visitor Services, Museum Logistics, IT support, Safety and Disaster management. The team is responsible for keeping the Museum’s facilities running. An important aspect of our work is managing the Museum’s relationship with several different Smithsonian central...
Meet the Staff: Robert Nachman
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do here at Cooper-Hewitt as the Director of Retail? I oversee the retail aspect of the museum which at the moment, due to the renovation, is focused on our on-line shop as well as pop-up shops such as the one we currently have...
adAPTing to Small Living
I’ve long admired Donald Deskey’s drawing, Design for "Sportshack" (1940) in the Cooper Hewitt’s collection. When I first saw it, I immediately imagined what it might be like to live in this elegantly proportioned little gem of a house. As one half of a couple sharing our own micro-apartment,  I understand the challenges of paring...