Cooper-Hewitt Announces New Posts and Promotions

Release Date: 
Friday, March 3, 2006
Press Release: 

Cooper-Hewitt Announces New Posts and Promotions

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.

Caroline Baumann has been promoted to the position of deputy director, external affairs and operations. Baumann has served as the director of external affairs at Cooper-Hewitt since 2003 and director of development since July 2001. Prior to this post, Baumann held senior development and membership positions at the Museum of Modern Art since 1995.

Matilda McQuaid will serve as deputy curatorial director. McQuaid joined Cooper-Hewitt in 2001 as the exhibitions curator and head of the Textiles department. She will play a lead role in the creation of the new Online National Design Museum, alongside director of communications and marketing Jennifer Northrop and director of education Caroline Payson. Currently, McQuaid is serving as one of the curators of the upcoming exhibition “National Design Triennial: Design Life Now,” and will be leading an exhibition on contemporary Chinese architecture scheduled for 2008.

Anne Shisler-Hughes has been hired as the new director of development, effective March 6, 2006. Before joining Cooper-Hewitt, Shisler-Hughes was the director of development at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Prior to her position at the New Museum, Shisler-Hughes held development positions at New York University and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Chul R. Kim, who joined Cooper-Hewitt as the museum publications editor in 2003, will serve as head of publications and lead Cooper-Hewitt into the world of self-publishing, with distribution via the prestigious fine art and design publisher, Assouline. This new venture enables Cooper-Hewitt to share and distribute its scholarship to an even broader audience.

Christopher Jeannopoulos will become acting finance director, having served as controller at Cooper-Hewitt since Jan. 2005. Prior to joining Cooper-Hewitt, Jeannopoulos, a certified public accountant, worked as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche.