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Solos: FutureShack

Monday, May 10, 2004

In the second installment of the “Solos” exhibition series, Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the architectural prototype “FutureShack” in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, May 14 through Oct. 10. Constructed from a recycled shipping container outfitted with a minimum of industrial materials, “FutureShack” suggests a possible solution to low-cost, mobile housing for returning refugees and displaced populations. Designed by Australian architect Sean Godsell, the prototype was built based on his entry to Architecture for Humanity’s competition to address the shelter needs of returning refugees and homeless persons around the world.

Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser

Thursday, January 15, 2004

In spring 2004, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser, the first full-scale museum retrospective of the works of a pioneer industrial designer and one of the most influential figures in design of the 19th century. Commemorating the centennial of Dresser’s death in 1904, the exhibition will feature over 300 major works from his diverse and extraordinary career and will be on view from March 5, 2004 through July 25, 2004. The retrospective will then travel to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, from September 9 to December 5, 2004.

Solos: SmartWrap

Monday, August 4, 2003

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum unveils a new series of exhibitions, titled Solos featuring international and contemporary works in the fields of architecture and design. The inaugural exhibition is Solos: SmartWrap—a 16-foot-square by 24-foot-high pavilion, designed by the Philadelphia architecture firm KieranTimberlake Associates LLP. The installation will be on view from August 5 through October 10 in the museum’s scenic Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden.

Nancy and Edwin Marks Collection Gallery: Treasures from the Collection

Monday, June 30, 2003

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is the pre-eminent museum in the United States devoted to both historic and contemporary design. For the first time since becoming a part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1976, the museum will create a gallery specifically dedicated to its remarkable collections with an interpretive approach that will bring fresh perspectives to its holdings. The Nancy and Edwin Marks Collection Gallery, scheduled to open October 16, 2003, will showcase these treasures, many of which have never been on view to the public. International in scope and possessing one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence, the museum’s rich holdings range from the Han Dynasty (200 B.C.) to the present day and total more than 250,000 objects.

New Chairman and President Elected at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Monday, June 2, 2003

In May 2003, the Board of Trustees at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, approved a revised officer structure to include the roles of President, Treasurer and Secretary, in addition to the existing posts of Chairman and Vice Chairmen. This change reflects a new focus at the museum as it embarks on a period of growth. The new slate of officers elected to these positions is:

Enid W. Morse: Chairman
Nancy Marks and Arthur Ross: Vice Chairmen Paul Herzan: President
Jon W. Rotenstreich: Treasurer
Anne B. Ehrenkranz: Secretary

National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now

Monday, April 21, 2003

The “National Design Triennial,” a series of exhibitions exploring contemporary design in the United States, was inaugurated in 2000 by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, to study and celebrate the technological innovations, artistic evolution and cultural impact of design. Following the enormous success of the first “National Design Triennial,” the museum presents the second “Triennial,” subtitled “Inside Design Now,” on view April 22, 2003 through January 25, 2004. The “Triennial” reviews new ideas and future horizons across the fields of current practice, from architecture and interiors to product design, fashion, graphic design and new media. It is the only exhibition of its kind in the nation.