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Members of the press can view information for museum news and events and access the press release archive.

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Jennifer Northrop
Director of Communications & Marketing

Laurie Bohlk
Associate Director of Communications & Marketing

Gregory Gestner
Press Manager

Contact information for media only:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Department of Communications & Marketing
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128-0669
Telephone: 212-849-8420
Email: CooperHewittPress@si.edu

February 5, 2015

This June, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio,” the first museum exhibition to introduce the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio to an American audience. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, infrastructure and temporary structures, such as the U.K. Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, to, most recently, large-scale architecture projects around the world. Organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Cooper Hewitt is the only East Coast venue in the national tour of the exhibition, which debuted…

For the next installment of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s popular “Selects” series, architect David Adjaye presents 14 West and Central African textiles from the museum’s permanent collection in “David Adjaye Selects.” On view June 19 through Nov. 8 in the renovated Marks Gallery located on the museum’s first floor, the exhibition is the 12th in the ongoing series, in which prominent designers, artists and architects are invited to mine and interpret the museum’s collection. Hailed as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and with projects underway on four continents, Adjaye is known for combining the aesthetics of his African…

Featuring nearly 125 works from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition “How Posters Work” shows how dozens of different designers—from prominent pioneers like Herbert Matter, Paul Rand, Philippe Apeloig and M/M (Paris), to lesser-known makers—have mobilized principles of composition, perception and storytelling to convey ideas and construct experiences. On view at Cooper Hewitt from May 8 through November 2015, the exhibition is organized by Ellen Lupton, senior curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt. “A true visual feast, ‘How Posters Work’ features 14 principles of how designers look at the world,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the…

January 30, 2015

  Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Orr as assistant curator of modern and contemporary design, effective Jan. 26. In this newly created role, supported by Cooper Hewitt trustee Elizabeth Ainslie and her husband Lee Ainslie, Orr will be responsible for building and researching the museum’s modern and contemporary American design collection and engaging museum audiences through exhibitions, public programs and print and online platforms. “As the nation’s design museum, we are pleased to bring onto the team a dynamic curator who will conduct new research in the field of 20th- and 21st-century…

December 9, 2014

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, will open the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion, Friday, Dec. 12. When the transformed museum opens on New York’s Museum Mile, it will offer 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence. Ten inaugural exhibitions and installations, many of which draw from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 210,000 objects that span 30 centuries, will feature more than 700 objects throughout four floors of the mansion. For the…

October 10, 2014

Spire, a wearable personal health-tracking device, took home the trophy for the 2014 People’s Design Award at Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Awards gala in New York Oct. 9. National Design Awards jury member Bruce Mau announced the winning design and presented the award to Spire CEO Jonathan Palley and designer Zhao Zhao. Spire analyzes an individual’s emotional and physical state with the goal of improving people’s daily lives through greater health, balance and productivity. “With an emphasis on transforming people’s lives through regular feedback about their health, Spire truly captures the essence of the People’s Design Award—revolutionizing our everyday experiences…