Museum News

Cooper-Hewitt, “Design with the Other 90%: Cities” at the United Nations

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

“Design with the Other 90%: Cities,” the second in a series of themed exhibitions by Cooper-Hewitt that demonstrate how design can address the world’s most critical issues, opens Oct. 15 at the United Nations and runs through Jan. 9, 2012. Organized by Cynthia E. Smith, the museum’s curator of socially responsible design, the exhibition will feature more than 60 projects from 22 countries around the globe. Admission to the exhibition will be free of charge.

Cooper-Hewitt Exhibition Galleries to Close July 4 for Two-Year Renovation The Shop and Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden to Remain Open This Summer

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The exhibition galleries at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will close Monday, July 4, as the museum embarks on an extensive renovation and expansion. Admission to the museum will be free of charge 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4 to mark the closing of the final exhibition, “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels.” Visitors can continue to enjoy the museum’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden and the Shop at Cooper-Hewitt, which will remain open this summer without an admission fee.

Last Chance to See “Set in Style” and “Color Moves” Exhibitions at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Two popular exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will close in the next few weeks. “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay” is on view throughSunday, June 19, and “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” is on view through Monday, July 4. Admission to the museum will be free of charge July 4 to mark the closing of “Set in Style.”

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Winning Schools in Community Design Competition

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Ford Motor Co. Fund today announced three winners from a design competition challenging students to identify an opportunity in their community that could be solved using the design process. A jury of design leaders reviewed the student-driven design proposals and chose the first-, second- and third-place winners, whose schools will receive prize money to implement the design proposal during the 2011-2012 school year.

Cooper-Hewitt Launches “Get Set in Style” Facebook Application in Celebration of the “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” Exhibition

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Smithsonian‟s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today launched a Facebook application that allows users to virtually try on more than 25 objects from the “Set in Style: TheJewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” exhibition, on view at the museum through July 4. Developed in collaboration with the digital agency Kettle, the “Get Set in Style” Facebook app is the first of its kind for the Smithsonian Institution.

Designing Media, a New Book by Bill Moggridge, Explores New and Traditional Media

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Designing Media, written by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Director Bill Moggridge and published by MIT Press Nov. 29, examines connections between old and new media. In his book, Moggridge describes the changing media landscape and the growth of new patterns of media consumption. The long-dominant forms—television, radio, newspapers, magazines and books—have had to respond to emergent digital media. Newspapers have interactive websites, television broadcasts over the Internet and books are published in both electronic and print editions.

Bill Moggridge, Designer of the First Laptop and Cooper-Hewitt Director, Wins Britain's 2010 Prince Philip Designers Prize

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bill Moggridge, director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, was awarded the 2010 Prince Philip Designers Prize Tuesday, Nov. 9. The U.K.’s most prestigious design prize is awarded annually to recognize a lifetime contribution to design. As one of the pioneering designers of the 20th century, the jury, chaired by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, determined that Moggridge has been central to how design helps people understand and use technology. “I am astonished to have been chosen when my fellow short-listed candidates have achieved such amazing work,” said Moggridge.

The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt Launches New Location in Grand Central Terminal for the Holiday Season

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum opens today in its first off-site retail location—the Graybar Passage of Grand Central Terminal. The kiosk, open from Nov. 4 through Jan. 31, 2011, will offer a selection of 25 design works from the museum’s renowned shop, including decorative objects, jewelry, toys and office accessories, and will be outfitted with USM Modular Furniture’s Haller system in orange, a color available for the first time in three decades. Cooper- Hewitt chose the USM Haller system—a 1963 design classic, which is created from a few basic elements that can be expanded or reconfigured as needed—to outfit its museum shop and now the kiosk.

Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and GE Present "Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges" Conference

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and GE will present the “Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges” conference Friday, Oct. 1, to explore the role of design in solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Held in conjunction with the museum’s “National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?” exhibition, the conference brings together diverse thought leaders, scientists and designers to share their expertise on how design can accelerate innovation and improve efficiency and scalability of solutions to address urgent global needs.

David Rockwell Joins Cooper-Hewitt's Board of Trustees

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents appointed David Rockwell to the board of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum on June 21.