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Laurie Bohlk
Acting Director of Communications & Marketing

Gregory Gestner
Communications & Marketing 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

May 29, 2014

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Brooke Hodge as deputy director, effective July 16. Cooper-Hewitt is engaging the talents of a recognized expert in the fields of architecture and design. Hodge is a curator, writer and critic, and has been the director of exhibitions and publications at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum since 2010. In 2006, Hodge was a guest curator, alongside three Cooper-Hewitt curators, for the third National Design Triennial, “Design Life Now.” “I’ve known and admired Brooke since her involvement with the 2006 Triennial at Cooper-Hewitt, and I’m thrilled she is joining…

May 1, 2014

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will celebrate outstanding achievement in American design this fall with its 15th annual National Design Awards program. Today, Cooper-Hewitt director Caroline Baumann announced the winners of the 2014 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation across a variety of disciplines. The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Thursday, Oct. 9, at Pier Sixty in New York. This year’s recipients are Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar for Lifetime Achievement; Witold Rybczynski for Design Mind; Etsy for Corporate & Institutional Achievement; Brooks + Scarpa for Architecture Design; Office for Communication Design; Narciso…

April 17, 2014

This May, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will celebrate NYCxDesign—New York City’s citywide event to showcase and promote design of all disciplines—with several initiatives, including the Design by Hand series, a programmatic takeover of Public School 124 in Queens, Design Tales for toddlers and design fair partnerships. Now in its second year, NYCxDesign, held May 9–20, spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education and entertainment with a full, varied program of exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks and open studios. “It is enormously gratifying to see the excitement about and around design multiply and reach brand new…

April 8, 2014

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…

March 24, 2014

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…

February 11, 2014

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,…