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Five Questions with Sarah A. Lichtman
Sarah A. Lichtman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of design history at Parsons School of Design (The New School, New York), where she directs the Master of Arts program in the history of design and curatorial studies, offered in affiliation with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. She is co-editor of Screen Interiors: From Country Houses...
From Design Collective to Design Hive
By Cecilia Vidal, Cooper Hewitt Education Associate The Covid-19 epidemic and the murder of George Floyd were each events that sparked nation-wide and global reckonings of race and inequality. 2020 became a critical year for rethinking existing institutional structures. Museums had and have a responsibility to authentically reflect and engage with their communities. In February...
National High School Design competition flyer placed next to a screenshot of a video conference
High School Designers in the Making
By Merit Myers, Membership and Individual Giving Coordinator Since 2016, Cooper Hewitt has hosted the annual National High School Design competition challenging students around the country to design a solution to a unique scenario – inspired by our rich collection and stimulating exhibitions.  I had the honor of serving as a selection juror for the...
The Next National Design Award Winner
This October we celebrated the 21st Annual National Design Awards, proudly presented each year by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to recognize innovation and impact in the design field. Nominations are made by the public, and winners are selected by a diverse jury of design leaders and scholars The National Design Awards are a reminder...
Your Guide to the Design World
Ever wonder how a designer makes it in the industry? Cooper Hewitt is pleased to present to you the Design Career Toolkit Vol 1, your reference for making it in the dynamic and demanding design field. Have a question on mentorships, portfolios, or how to network? We invite you to explore this digital toolkit whether...
Length of cotton velvet printed with a large-scale design of naturalistic butterflies. In black, blue, green, red, and white on a yellow-green ground.
Blend Nature into an Urban Setting
Spring has arrived and we find ourselves eager to explore our neighborhoods, parks, and other outdoor public spaces in hospitable warmth. In this design activity for all ages, brought to you by Cooper Hewitt’s dedicated Education team, we invite you to consider habitats big and small with inspiration from previous exhibitions and the outdoors. Get...
A geometric sculpture comprised of mirrors that make a heart shape. The mirrors reflect the lights and sky of Times Square.
Design Reframes Times Square
Written by Jean Cooney, Director of Times Square Arts From its storied X-rated reputation to the first kisses of each New Year and the countless surprise proposals earnestly staged in its plazas and on billboards, Times Square has always been linked to love and desire. For thirteen years, the Times Square Alliance has hosted an...
Heavy-weight natural-colored linen with repeating pattern of crosses and partial crosses formed by closely set L-shaped lines of varying widths in dark green and dusty pink.
Growing the Collection: One Gift at a Time
Written by Kimberly Randall, Collections Manager of the Textile Department at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. In 2019, Cooper Hewitt received a generous gift from the estate of American Arts and Crafts dealer and collector Don Magner (American, 1932–2016). Cooper Hewitt learned about Magner from his close friend, Andrew Van Styn, after he attended a...