Installation view of "How Posters Work." Photo by Matt Flynn.
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February 5, 2015
Featuring more than 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 Jan. 24, 2016, 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…
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…
Cooper Hewitt and El Museo del Barrio Present Series of Public Programs on the Impact of Latinos on American Design
October 2, 2014
Fashion legends Maria Cornejo, Francisco Costa and Narciso Rodriguez will discuss their influences, process and inspirations at “Diseño: Fashion” Oct. 15 at El Museo del Barrio (located at 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street), kicking off a new series of public programs presented by Cooper Hewitt and El Museo del Barrio celebrating Latino designers. Moderated by NBC’s Natalie Morales, admission is free and the series is open to visitors of all ages; advance registration is required at cooperhewitt.org/events. Heralding the impact of Latinos on American design, the “Diseño” series will explore diverse fields with talks by leading figures. Programs continue…
October 1, 2014
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will host National Design Week from Oct. 4 through Oct. 12. Throughout the week, the museum will offer a series of public programs in New York for students, teachers, design professionals and the general public to celebrate the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life. Organizations and schools nationwide will also sponsor events, including a faculty exhibition at Minneapolis College of Arts and Design that “explores what makes us human,” a conference on interaction design in New Orleans and a tour of a fashion exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art,…