Press Room

rendering of a large gallery with cases full of objects and people milling about.

Rendering of opening exhibition Tools: Extending Our Reach in the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery. Copyright © 2014 Thinc Design, all rights reserved

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

High-resolution images for publication are available through the password-protected Press Image Gallery.

Contact information for media only:

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Department of Communications & Marketing
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128-0669

Jennifer Northrop
Director of Communications & Marketing

Gregory Gestner
Press Manager

Telephone: 212-849-8420
Email: CooperHewittPress@si.edu
Fax: 212-849-1549

The Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents recently appointed to the board of trustees of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Jon Iwata, senior vice president, marketing and communications, IBM; Avi Reichental, president and CEO, 3D Systems; and Todd Waterbury, senior vice president, executive creative director, marketing, Target Corporation. Led by chair Barbara Mandel and president Beth Comstock, Cooper-Hewitt’s board includes 36 distinguished civic and business leaders dedicated to the continued growth of the museum. “As we start the countdown to our reopening in late 2014, it is absolutely thrilling to welcome to our board of trustees Jon, Avi and Todd, each of…

Second Offering in Biannual Series Supported by Van Cleef & Arpels This May, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the next installment of its Design by Hand series, which focuses on the craftsmanship, innovations and merits of pioneering design organizations. Held May 6–10 during NYCxDESIGN, the weeklong program will spotlight Heath Ceramics, whose iconic tableware and tile are still made in small runs on the premises of its Sausalito, Calif., dinnerware factory and new San Francisco tile factory, just as they have been since 1948. “Launched to sold-out audiences in fall 2013 with Marimekko, the Design by Hand…

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced the release of its fourth DesignFile e-book, Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion & Design by Adriana Kertzer. DesignFile is a line of e-books on design writing and research published by the museum in consortium with academic and institutional partners. In Favelization, Kertzer sets out to understand the ways in which specific producers of contemporary Brazilian culture capitalized on misappropriations of the favela (informal squatter settlements that grow along the hillsides and lowlands of many Brazilian cities) in order to brand luxury items as “Brazilian.” Published in English and Portuguese,…

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has received a $10 million gift from the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation on behalf of longtime trustee and board chair Barbara Mandel and her husband Morton. The gift is the largest in the history of the museum and will support the new Cooper-Hewitt, which opens in fall 2014 with 60 percent more gallery space after a major renovation of the historic Carnegie Mansion and grounds. In recognition of this gift, the new third-floor gallery, which provides an additional 6,000 square feet of exhibition space, will be named the Barbara and Morton Mandel…

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced a new monthly blog series detailing the story of the Hewitt sisters, Amelia, Sarah, Eleanor, and their family. Co-authored by Margery Masinter, Cooper-Hewitt trustee, and Sue Shutte, historian at Ringwood Manor House Museum in Ringwood, N.J., the blog explores women’s education, design for American industry, life in the Gilded Age, fashion, travel and the early days of the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration. “With never-before-seen images and original research, the ‘Meet the Hewitts’ blog offers a revealing introduction to the fascinating lives and eccentric interests of the Hewitt sisters,…

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum was awarded the 2013 Ladislav Sutnar Prize, Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Pilsen, Czech Republic, for its contribution to the world of design and the promotion of Ladislav Sutnar’s legacy and work. The prestigious award is given on behalf of the Faculty of Art and Design of the University of West Bohemia and is chosen through public nomination, followed by a jury. Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper-Hewitt, received the award on behalf of the museum. “We are extremely honored to be recognized for our work in creating a central resource on the life and efforts…