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Ashley Tickle
Director of Communications & Marketing

Laurie Bohlk
Associate Director of Communications & Marketing

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
Email: CooperHewittPress@si.edu

September 1, 2020

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will host a virtual National Design Awards gala Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. ET featuring an announcement of the 2020 award winners. The gala will kick-off National Design Month in October, which will highlight the work of the award winners through free educational programming for design enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. The gala and related educational programs will be held online and will be free of charge, welcoming everyone, anywhere, to discover the importance of design. National Design awards Now in its 21st year, the National Design Awards program recognizes innovation and…

January 15, 2020

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has announced that a special exhibition, “Partnering with Nature,” will be on view at the World Economic Forum’s 50th Annual Meeting, Jan. 21 through Jan. 24 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Drawing from the “Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” exhibition originally organized by Cooper Hewitt and Cube design museum, this adaptation is a collaboration between the Smithsonian and the World Economic Forum (WEF). This is the fourth year that the Smithsonian and the WEF have collaborated on bringing an exhibition to the Annual Meeting in Davos. Installed in the Congress Centre, the exhibition will be offered alongside panels, workshops and other…

December 5, 2019

“Contemporary Muslim Fashions,” the first major museum exhibition to explore the rise of the modest fashion industry, will be on view in winter 2020 at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, this pioneering exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities. On view Feb. 28, 2020, through Aug. 23, 2020, the exhibition features approximately 80 ensembles drawn from established and emerging designers in high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear and couture, as well as about 40 photographs that will contextualize the…

December 3, 2019

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today, Dec. 3, announced plans to launch a digital community archive in conjunction with its upcoming “Willi Smith: Street Couture” exhibition (on view March 13 through Oct. 25, 2020). The digital community archive, which will be powered online by Cargo, will share public anecdotes, personal photographs, ephemera and garments documenting and celebrating Willi Smith’s contributions to fashion, art, design and performance. “Cooper Hewitt’s team realized early on in our research that while the depth of Willi Smith’s story may be missing from the history books, it is vividly alive in the minds of his family,…

October 30, 2019

“Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master” marks the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, in 1919 and features rare works by the groundbreaking 20th-century graphic designer Herbert Bayer. On view in the second-floor permanent collection galleries from Nov. 16 through April 5, 2020, the exhibition follows Bayer’s role as both student and teacher at the Bauhaus, as well as his illustrious career in the United States following his 1938 emigration. “As the founding of the Bauhaus is being fêted across the globe this year, this powerful and focused exhibition will draw from Cooper Hewitt’s unique holdings—bolstered by a…

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon C. Iwata as chair of its board of trustees. Iwata succeeds Elizabeth Ainslie, who will remain on the board as a trustee and a member of the executive committee. The Smithsonian’s board of regents also voted Oct. 21 to appoint Crystal English Sacca to the board of trustees at Cooper Hewitt, which includes 32 distinguished civic and business leaders dedicated to the continued growth of the museum. “I so look forward to working with Jon in his new role as chair, building upon his work to date…

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