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August 18, 2017
Fall exhibition brings 150 avant-garde works to the public, showcasing the limitless potential of jewelry design. “Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection,” opening Nov. 17, celebrates the recent gift from the renowned collector to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. On view through May 28, 2018, the exhibition, co-curated by Ursula Ilse-Neuman and Cooper Hewitt, features 150 brooches, necklaces, bracelets and rings, and traces radical developments in jewelry from the mid-20th century to the present. Works on view highlight jewelry design’s expressive and innovative achievements, ranging from works that make a political statement by eschewing silver and…
June 21, 2017
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announces new trustee and staff appointments. Helen Hintz and Margaret Gould Stewart join Cooper Hewitt’s board of trustees. Led by chair Barbara Mandel and president Beth Comstock, the board includes 34 distinguished civic and business leaders dedicated to the growth of the museum. The museum also welcomes Ruki Ravikumar, director of education. “It’s my tremendous pleasure to welcome these three phenomenal women to Cooper Hewitt,” said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt. “Leaders of their fields and champions of design, their wisdom and experience will greatly benefit the museum as we continue our growth…
June 14, 2017
After a nationwide call for entries, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced Tova Kleiner, 15, of New York City as the winner of the National High School Design Competition: Good for All. Organized in collaboration with Target, the second annual competition invited students to submit design ideas that improve a community’s access to healthy, fresh foods. Kleiner was selected from among the three finalists for her innovative product design and food-delivery system for seniors. “The museum has long championed design’s profound educational value and this competition is a life-changing opportunity for young people to engage in design’s problemsolving power,” said…
June 1, 2017
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Christina De León as associate curator of U.S. Latino design, effective Feb. 6, 2017. In this newly created position, supported by the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, De León is responsible for researching modern and contemporary U.S. Latino design for the collection, as well as developing exhibitions, public programs and digital content to raise awareness of Latino design. “Christina is an exciting, new curatorial voice within Cooper Hewitt and the entire Smithsonian. An accomplished scholar, she will help ensure that we continue to enrich and expand the narrative of U.S.…
May 24, 2017
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s popular summer performance series Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt returns to its Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden Thursday evenings from June 8 through Aug. 24. The expanded season, set in one of the largest enclosed museum gardens in New York City, will showcase a wide array of performers from musicians to singers to dancers to DJs, and opens with a musical experience curated by four-time Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding. “I am very excited about our new season of Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt, one of the museum’s most dynamic and popular programs,” said Caroline Baumann, director of…
May 19, 2017
EXHIBITION FEATURES RECENTLY ACQUIRED CONTEMPORARY WORKS Pushing the boundaries of materials, making and form, 43 new objects recently acquired by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will be on view in “Making | Breaking: New Arrivals” from May 19 through Oct. 29. Presented in the museum’s first-floor Process Galleries, the exhibition features contemporary works along with related sketches, prototypes and videos to reveal advances in technologies and techniques and illuminate groundbreaking design thinking. “Contemporary design is a window into the future as designers wield the latest technologies and manipulate materials to reinvent the familiar or introduce something entirely new and needed,”…
Featured Image: Installation view of "How Posters Work." Photo by Matt Flynn.