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Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Jury for Seventh Annual National Design Awards

Friday, March 24, 2006

Paul Warwick Thompson, director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, announced the jury selected to judge the seventh annual National Design Awards, which will be held on Oct. 18. The annual National Design Awards honor the year’s most outstanding contributions from the design world. In conjunction with this year’s Awards, Cooper-Hewitt is organizing its first National Design Week, a week-long exploration and celebration of achievements in design, encompassing public programming as well as the National Design Awards. First Lady Laura Bush is the Honorary Patron for this year’s National Design Awards.

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.

Solos: Matali Crasset

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

In the fourth installment of the “Solos” exhibition series, Cooper-Hewitt will present the work of French industrial designer Matali Crasset in her first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Crasset, who began her career working for Philippe Starck, is one of Europe’s most exciting and original young designers. On view in the new ground floor gallery from May 19 through Sept. 24, the exhibition runs concurrently with the “Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500 - 2005” and “Frederic Church, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape” exhibitions.

Fashion in Colors

Thursday, December 1, 2005

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the exhibition “Fashion in Colors,” from Dec. 9 through March 26, 2006. Organized by the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) Japan, the exhibition explores color as a design element through 300 years of Western fashion and examines changing perceptions of color through various ages and cultures. Cooper-Hewitt will be the first museum outside of Japan to present the exhibition.

Solos: New Design from Israel

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

In January 2006, Cooper-Hewitt will present “Solos: New Design from Israel,” the first museum exhibition of contemporary Israeli design in the United States. The exhibition, which features more than two dozen prototypes, experimental objects and production pieces conceived and created by designers who live and work in Israel, will be on view from Jan. 27 through April 23, 2006 in Cooper-Hewitt’s new ground-floor gallery. “Solos: New Design from Israel” is organized by guest curator Ezri Tarazi, head of the industrial design graduate program at Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem, and Ellen Lupton, curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt. The exhibition appropriately coincides with the 100th anniversary of Bezalel Academy, a school that has been instrumental in laying the foundations for contemporary Israeli visual culture.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winners of the Sixth Annual National Design Awards

Friday, October 21, 2005

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winners of the Sixth Annual National Design Awards
—Awards Given to Eva Zeisel, Patagonia, Katherine and Michael McCoy, Sergio A. Palleroni, Stefan Sagmeister, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Ned Kahn, Burt Rutan, Richard Gluckman, Toledo Studio, Mayor Richard M. Daley—

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Two Additions to Board of Trustees

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents voted to appoint Michele Gerber Klein and Karen A. Phillips to the board of trustees of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Excavating Design: 18th-century Drawings and Prints from the Permanent Collection

Friday, September 30, 2005

“Excavating Design: Eighteenth-century Drawings and Prints from the Permanent Collection,” the inaugural exhibition in Cooper-Hewitt’s new 700-square-foot ground floor gallery, will be on view from Nov. 4 to Jan. 8, 2006. The exhibition will showcase a selection of works from the Museum’s extensive collection of 18th-century European drawings and prints, featuring fantastical, unrealized architectural designs inspired by the artifacts of ancient Rome. Visitors will have the opportunity to view a select group of the Museum’s holdings of works by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) and the French Academy artists who were influenced by his work, including Louis-Joseph Le Lorrain (1715-1759) and Charles Michel-Ange Challe (1718-1778).

Yinka Shonibare Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection

Friday, July 15, 2005

In fall 2005, Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare will guest-curate an exhibition at Cooper-Hewitt focusing on modes of transportation as exemplified by objects from the museum’s permanent collection. “Yinka Shonibare Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection,” on view Oct. 7 through May 7, 2006, is the fourth in a series of themed exhibitions in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winners and Finalists of the Sixth Annual National Design Awards

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced the initial winners and finalists of the sixth annual National Design Awards, honoring the most outstanding contributions from the design world, including the winners of Lifetime Achievement, Corporate Achievement and Design Mind, as well as the three finalists for each of the other six awards for architecture, communications design, landscape design, interior design, product design and fashion design.

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