Author: Laurie Bohlk

Cooper Hewitt Announces
2021 National Design Award Winners
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announced the winners of the 2021 National Design Awards. The 22nd class of winners were honored for design innovation and impact in nine categories. In October, National Design Month programming will highlight the work of the winners and celebrate the power of design in the everyday world.
Left: Poster with flock of birds in flight against yellow background, with below text: "Soaring to Success ! / DAILY HERALD / — the Early Bird.” Right: Centered stylized black arm swoops forward with extended fist from black round circle, geometric red structure in background of upper right corner. Black, blue, red text: "POWER / THE / NERVE CENTRE / OF LONDON'S / UNDERGROUND".
Cooper Hewitt to Present Largest-Ever Retrospective on Graphic Design Pioneer E. McKnight Kauffer
This September, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present the largest-ever exhibition of works by E. McKnight Kauffer (American, 1890–1954), a pioneer of commercial art—the profession known today as graphic design. On view Sept. 10 through April 10, 2022, “Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer” will feature some 200 objects to examine the designer’s impact and legacy across media.
A collage that shows images of all seven Activating Smithsonian Open Access prototypes
Cooper Hewitt’s Interaction Lab Launches Seven Prototypes to Experience the Smithsonian Open Access Collection
The Interaction Lab at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has announced the launch of seven prototypes commissioned under the Activating Smithsonian Open Access program. The selected teams each received $10,000 to create new digital interactions and innovative tools that enable play and discovery with 2D and 3D digitized assets from the Smithsonian’s Open Access collections. The teams retain ownership of the intellectual property developed from the program.
Black-and-white illustration of the Carnegie Mansion with tsunami waves hitting the building.
Jon Gray will guest curate the next exhibition in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s acclaimed “Selects” series. As cofounder of the creative collective and cooking advocacy group Ghetto Gastro, Gray works at the intersection of food, culture and the Bronx experience. Celebrated for his collaborative spirit, Gray extends his creative vision to projects ranging from...
“Fashion, Culture, Futures” Symposium
“Fashion, Culture, Futures: African American Ingenuity, Activism, and Storytelling” is a two-part symposium co-organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Presented virtually Thursday, June 17, and Thursday, Oct. 21, both programs will bring together academics, designers, critics, models, artists, activists and others to share new perspectives on the relationship between fashion and the African American experience.
Line drawing of the Carnegie Mansion rendered in orange and purple overlaid on a photo of the Carnegie Mansion
Cooper Hewitt Reopens to the Public June 10
Admission Will Be Free Through Oct. 31
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will reopen its doors to the public Thursday, June 10, with member preview days Sunday, June 6, and Monday, June 7. All visitors will enjoy free admission, made possible by support from the museum’s board of trustees, through Oct. 31. The museum will reopen with timed-entry ticketing and new health-and-safety procedures...
Watercolor map of New York City
Watercolor Maptiles Website Enters Permanent Collection of Cooper Hewitt 
Watercolor Maptiles—a web-based, open-source mapping tool designed by Stamen Design that displays OpenStreetMap’s data with the hand-hewn textures of watercolor paint—has been acquired by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for its digital design collection. It is the Smithsonian’s first acquisition of a live website into its collections, consisting of over 56 million map tiles (separate png...
Cooper Hewitt Announces New Board Appointments
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announces four new appointments to its board of trustees: Irene Au, Victor Calise, Kimberly Schuessler and Keith Yamashita. “It’s my great pleasure to welcome Irene, Victor, Kim and Keith to Cooper Hewitt’s board of trustees,” said John Davis, interim director of Cooper Hewitt. “As leaders in their respective fields...
Cooper Hewitt Announces Winners of 2020 National Design Awards 
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced the winners of the 2020 National Design Awards at a virtual gala tonight. The 21st class of National Design Award winners were honored for design innovation and impact in nine categories.