Museum News

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Acquisition of Planetary Application and Source Code

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the acquisition of the iPad music application Planetary, developed by Bloom Studio Inc., along with the underlying source code, which will be freely released to enable developers to build upon and incorporate it into other software design. Released in 2011, Planetary uses the visual metaphor of celestial bodies to represent the relationship between artists (stars), albums (planets) and tracks/songs (moons). Today’s announcement coincides with Neptune at Opposition, when the planet will be at its closest to the Earth for the year, and also at its brightest.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces New Acquisitions to the Collection

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the acquisition of several important works to the collection, including a key early example of bentwood furniture by Marcel Breuer and Alexander Girard’s armchair for Braniff International Airways. The purchase of the 1936 Breuer Long Chair for Isokon was made possible by funding from Collections Committee member George R. Kravis II, museum trustee Judy Francis Zankel and an anonymous donor. The Girard chair is a gift of George R. Kravis II in honor of Caroline Baumann, director of the museum.

Caroline Baumann Named Director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Caroline Baumann has been named director of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, effective June 16. Since joining Cooper-Hewitt in 2001, she has held many leadership positions at the museum, most recently as acting director.

Baumann will oversee the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. In this role, she will strengthen Cooper-Hewitt’s reputation to educate, inspire and empower people through design and oversee the renovation of the museum and the reinstallation of its galleries, which are set to reopen in fall 2014.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Appointment of New Trustees

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents recently appointed Carl Bass, Andy Berndt, David Lubars and Margery Masinter to the board of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Learning the ABCs of Design

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will celebrate NYCxDesign—New York City’s inaugural citywide event to showcase and promote design of all disciplines—with several educational initiatives, including a programmatic takeover of Public School 3 in lower Manhattan, Design Tales for toddlers and a design expo for teachers.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Harlem Focus Series

Friday, April 19, 2013

This spring, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will launch the Harlem Focus programming series highlighting designers, architects and artists whose work engages and affects the local Harlem community. The museum will feature a series of talks curated and led by architectural consultant and Harlem historian John Reddick at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center (111 Central Park North, New York).

New Collection Acquisitions Span Centuries and Disciplines at Cooper-Hewitt

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Design Watch members have chosen architect and glassmaker Carlo Scarpa’s “Model 3461” vase, made at the Venini glassworks, as a gift to join the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Members of Design Watch, museum supporters, were invited to hear object presentations from curators in each of the museum’s four curatorial departments and vote on a design object to be purchased using proceeds from their membership dues. The museum today announced the acquisition, along with several other works.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Publication of White Paper and Panel Event on Socially Responsible Design

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the publication of the white paper Design and Social Impact: A cross-sectoral agenda for design education, research and practice, along with a panel discussion on the paper’s findings and proposals to be held Feb. 21 in New York. The paper is an outgrowth of the 2012 Social Impact Design Summit at The Rockefeller Foundation, which was hosted by Cooper-Hewitt, The Lemelson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Surdna Foundation to discuss strategies and actions to advance the field of socially responsible design—one term that refers to the practice of design for the public good, especially in disadvantaged communities.

2013 Design Talks Series to Feature National Design Award Winners

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Design Talks, a vibrant conversation and presentation series organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, will run from March through May at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center in Harlem in New York City. This year’s series will feature winners from the 2012 National Design Awards and focus on collaborative aspects of design.

Cooper-Hewitt Launches DesignFile Publishing Initiative

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the launch of DesignFile, a new line of e-books on design writing and research published in consortium with academic and institutional partners. The line will release at least six to 12 titles annually during its first three years. Among the three publications to be released Feb. 1 are Design Cult by Steven Heller, The Miser’s Purse by Laura Camerlengo and Hacking Design by Avinash Rajagopal, all of which are priced at $2.99. DesignFile is the latest publishing initiative of Cooper-Hewitt, following the establishment of an independent publishing imprint in 2006.