Press Room


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

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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
Fax: 212-849-1549

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…

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara A. Mandel as chair of its board of trustees. Mandel assumes the position from trustee Paul Herzan who will become chairman emeritus. The Smithsonian’s board of regents also voted Oct. 21 to appoint Scott Belsky to the board of Cooper-Hewitt. Led by president Beth Comstock, Cooper-Hewitt’s board includes 33 distinguished civic and business leaders dedicated to the continued growth of the museum. “Our new board leadership and expanded roster of trustees reflects their enthusiasm, passion and belief in the re-imagined Cooper-Hewitt,” said Caroline Baumann, director. “Having…

The PackH2O Water Backpack took home the 2013 People’s Design Award at the National Design Awards gala in New York, Thursday, Oct. 17. Todd Oldham announced the winning design and presented the award to president and CEO of Grief Inc. David Fischer. PackH2O attempts to solve the global clean water crisis by giving people the power to easily transport their own water. “Cooper-Hewitt has long been a champion of socially responsible design, most notably for our ‘Design with the Other 90%’ exhibition series,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “I am truly delighted that the American public has chosen…