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Installation view of "How Posters Work." Photo by Matt Flynn.

Installation view of "How Posters Work." Photo by Matt Flynn.

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Laurie Bohlk
Associate 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

September 10, 2014

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and today announced the launch of the People’s Design Award contest, in conjunction with the 2014 National Design Awards. This year, the public is invited to vote from Sept. 10 through Oct. 6 for their favorite design from a pool of 20 works that emphasize how innovative design makes a difference in people’s everyday lives. The winning design will be announced live Oct. 9 at the National Design Awards Gala in New York City. Design enthusiasts are invited to view the 20 nominees and vote once per day for their favorite product by logging…

June 16, 2014

June 17, 2014 NEW YORK Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (formerly Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum), today announced plans for the opening of the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion and the 10 exhibitions that will inaugurate the revamped and expanded gallery spaces. The nation’s only museum devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, Cooper Hewitt will open its doors to the public on Friday, Dec. 12. The museum will boast 60 percent more gallery space to present its important collection and temporary exhibitions and will offer an entirely new and invigorated visitor experience, with interactive, immersive creative…

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…