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Cooper-Hewitt Continues on Path of Sustained Growth

Monday, June 6, 2005

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has recently completed the first year of implementation of a long-range strategic plan embracing every area of museum operations, including the collection, exhibitions, educational programming, research and scholarship, publications, facilities and the website. As the nation’s only museum dedicated exclusively to historic and contemporary design, Cooper-Hewitt is continuing to realize its strategic goals under the leadership of director Paul Warwick Thompson.


Friday, April 22, 2005

Paul Warwick Thompson, director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, announced that the sixth annual National Design Awards, honoring the most outstanding contributions from the design world in 2005, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

In spring 2005, Cooper-Hewitt will present “Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance,” the first museum exhibition devoted to the subject of technical textiles—highly engineered materials designed for ultimate performance in extreme conditions. The exhibition, curated by Matilda McQuaid, Exhibitions Curator and Head of Cooper-Hewitt’s Textiles department, will present over 150 extreme textile applications from a wide range of areas, including architecture, apparel, medicine, transportation, aerospace, and the environment. On view April 8, 2005 through Oct. 30, 2005*, the exhibition will examine the broad spectrum of contemporary design through the lens of textile fibers and structures.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Four Additions to Board of Trustees

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents voted yesterday to appoint Elizabeth Ainslie, Kurt Andersen, Michael Francis and John Maeda to the board of trustees of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Hella Jongerius Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection

Monday, November 15, 2004

Dutch designer Hella Jongerius will guest curate an exhibition of samplers and related objects in the third collection rotation in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, on view March 4 through Sept. 4, 2005.

Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living

Friday, October 1, 2004

“Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living,” an exhibition chronicling the Alberses’ extraordinary designs for objects for everyday living, will be on view Oct. 1, 2004 and continue through Feb. 27, 2005, at Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Curated by Nicholas Fox Weber, executive director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, “Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living” explores the domestic creations of these pioneering artists from the early 1920s through the 1950s, as their designs developed from their days as students in Germany’s famed Bauhaus School to their arrival upon the American scene. The exhibition reveals the full extent of the Alberses’ mutual aesthetic commitment, perpetual creativity and contribution to modern living.

Design ≠ Art

Friday, September 10, 2004

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the groundbreaking exhibition “Design ≠ Art” (“Design is not Art”), an exploration of the virtually unknown design works by significant Minimalist and post-Minimalist artists. The exhibition will run from Sept. 10, 2004 through Feb. 27, 2005.

Artist's Designed Wallpapers

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Artists’ Designed Wallpapers,” an exhibition featuring wallcoverings designed by leading 20th-century artists. The exhibition of 12 wallcoverings will be on view in the museum’s Great Hall from Aug. 13 through Nov. 14, 2004.

Cooper-Hewitt Announces Five-Year Plan to Advance Museum and Its Public Service Mission

Monday, June 14, 2004

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is the only museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to historic and contemporary design. In maintaining its leadership role in the design community, Cooper-Hewitt is implementing a new strategic vision that embraces every area of museum operations, including the collection, exhibitions, education programming and the web, research and scholarship, publications, facilities, the Board of Trustees and staff.

Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: Revolutions of 1848

Friday, June 4, 2004

On June 4, 2004, Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present “Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: Revolutions of 1848,” an exhibition featuring artifacts from the United States and abroad that explores the rapid political, technological, and social changes which burst forth around the pivotal year 1848. Curated by novelist, design critic and public radio host Kurt Andersen, the exhibition encompasses objects drawn from the holdings of all four Cooper-Hewitt curatorial departments --- Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design; Product Design and Decorative Arts; Wallcoverings; and Textiles --- as well as from the Design Archives at Cooper-Hewitt, and from several collecting departments of other Smithsonian branches.