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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

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…

October 18, 2019

Mark Chambers Honored with Director’s Award at 20th National Design Awards Gala New Climate Action Award Announced for 2020 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum held its 20th annual National Design Awards Gala in New York City last evening, honoring design excellence and innovation in 12 categories. The Director’s Award, which was revealed live, was presented to Mark Chambers, Director of Sustainability for the City of New York. This year’s Gala included the announcement of the Climate Action Award, a new category beginning in 2020, which will recognize a design project for its significant contributions to addressing the global climate crisis.…

September 18, 2019

FREE ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM AND NATIONAL DESIGN WEEK PROGRAMS, OCT. 12–19 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announced its National Design Week event lineup, which features action-packed programming for all ages from Saturday, Oct. 12, through Saturday, Oct. 19. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the National Design Awards, Target will offer free admission to visitors of Cooper Hewitt Oct. 12–19 making design accessible to all. Target will also sponsor a series of Cooper Hewitt programming broadening access to the vision and work of the country’s design leaders and inspiring people of all ages to engage with design…

September 5, 2019

“Face Values: Exploring Artificial Intelligence” at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, explores the possibilities and limits of artificial intelligence through interactive works featuring technologies such as face detection, emotion recognition and eye-tracking. On view in the museum’s Process Lab Sept. 20 through May 17, 2020, the immersive installation features commissioned work by R. Luke DuBois, Zachary Lieberman and Karen Palmer, and is accompanied by a visual essay on facial measurement by Jessica Helfand. First unveiled at the 2018 London Design Biennale, where it received a medal for the most inspiring interpretation of the Biennale’s Emotional States theme, “Face Values” investigates…

August 15, 2019

CELEBRATING THE DESIGNER BEHIND THE ICONIC PRINTS USED BY LILLY PULITZER, 1962-1985   Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present an exhibition celebrating the prolific textile designer Suzie Zuzek (Agnes Helen Zuzek de Poo, American, 1920–2011) in spring 2020. Her imaginative designs and playful prints played a key role in the success of the Lilly Pulitzer clothing line in the 1960s and 1970s. “Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer: The Prints That Made the Fashion Brand” will be the first museum exhibition to reveal the nature and scope of Zuzek’s artistic contribution to the iconic Pulitzer style. On view May 15…

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