Museum News

Cooper-Hewitt Announces New Trustees

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of three new trustees to its board. The Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents voted to appoint Amita Chatterjee, Marilyn F. Friedman and Judy Francis Zankel to the board of Cooper-Hewitt.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces New Trustees

Friday, December 14, 2007

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of two new trustees to the board. Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents voted to appoint Miki Naftali and Lisa Roberts to the board of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Cooper-Hewitt's board of trustees, led by Chairman Paul Herzan and President James Rosenthal, is comprised of distinguished civic and business leaders dedicated to the continued growth of the museum.

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Announces Design Architect, Major Fundraising Milestone, and New Curatorial Appointment

Monday, April 16, 2007

Building on a year in which Cooper-Hewitt crossed new milestones with respect to visitation, public outreach, collections development and fiscal strength, Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum made three announcements about its expansion, capital campaign and curatorial leadership. The museum announced that Gluckman Mayner Architects will serve as design architect in the renovation of the museum’s campus. The renovation is part of a $43 million capital campaign to nearly double the museum’s exhibition space, enhance educational services, accommodate growth of the permanent collection and boost its endowment to support operating costs. To date, $21.5 million has been raised under the leadership of capital campaign co-chairs Michael Francis and Harvey Krueger. Cooper-Hewitt also announced the appointment of Cara McCarty as the museum’s new curatorial director.

Cara McCarty Joins Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum as Curatorial Director

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Cara McCarty as curatorial director, effective July 10, 2007. In this role, McCarty will direct the museum’s curatorial vision, oversee its four curatorial departments, plan for collections management and acquisitions, and lead exhibition planning.

Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winner of the First Ever People's Design Award

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presented its first ever People’s Design Award to Marianne Cusato for the Katrina Cottage, Wednesday, Oct. 18, at its seventh annual National Design Awards gala. After receiving hundreds of votes during the course of one month on the Cooper-Hewitt Web site, the Katrina Cottage emerged as the public’s favorite design.

Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Launches First-Ever National Design Week

Friday, August 18, 2006

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will launch National Design Week, a new initiative that aims to draw attention to the ways in which design enriches everyday life, from Oct. 15 through Oct. 21.

Cooper-Hewitt Advances Strategic Plan to Enhance Collections and Related Programs

Monday, June 19, 2006

In 2005–2006, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum continued progress on a strategic plan to enhance its permanent collections and develop dynamic programs drawing from its wide range of design objects. Development of the collections, increased access to scholarly resources, and innovative educational programming are the major components of the museum’s plan for growth under the leadership of director Paul Warwick Thompson. The recently announced $35-million expansion program will optimize exhibition space within the institution’s historic buildings and enhance education and public facilities. This physical expansion, coupled with a reinvigorated online presence and continued emphasis on educational outreach, will further the museum’s mission to raise awareness about the cultural relevance of historic and contemporary design.

Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces $35 Million Capital Program

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced a $35 million program to nearly double exhibition space, enhance educational services, accommodate growth of its permanent collection and boost its endowment to support operating costs. The program, which results from a two-year master planning process conducted by architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle, with input from the museum’s board, staff and the Smithsonian, will meet institutional goals without the construction of a new facility.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces New Board Leadership and Appointment of New Trustees

Friday, May 19, 2006

Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents approved last week the appointment of new leadership and trustees to the board of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Paul Herzan: chairman (previously president)
Enid W. Morse: vice chairman (previously chairman)
James A. Rosenthal: president (previously treasurer)
Eric A. Green: treasurer
Beth Comstock: new trustee
Ronald M. Daignault: new trustee
Francine S. Kittredge: new trustee
Henry R. Muñoz, III: new trustee
Madeleine Rudin Johnson: new trustee

Cooper-Hewitt Announces New Posts and Promotions

Friday, March 3, 2006

In maintaining its leadership role in the design community, Cooper-Hewitt is investing in its strengths by retaining and promoting key staff and developing new leadership positions to carry out director Paul Thompson’s strategic vision for the museum.

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