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December 17, 2018
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has announced that a special installation of the “Access+Ability” exhibition has been selected to be shown at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, Jan. 22 through Jan. 25, 2019 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Originally organized by Cooper Hewitt, this adaptation is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the World Economic Forum. The exhibition will feature 20 products, projects and services developed by and with people with disabilities—physical, cognitive and sensory—that expand everyone’s ability to lead independent lives and engage more fully in the world. Installed in the Congress Centre, the exhibition will be offered alongside panels, workshops and…
November 26, 2018
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of new curatorial staff. Alexandra Cunningham Cameron has been named as the Edward and Helen Hintz Secretarial Scholar, serving as curator of contemporary design, effective Sept. 20. Yao-Fen You will serve as senior curator and head of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department, beginning January 2019. “I am enormously pleased to welcome Alexandra and Yao-Fen to Cooper Hewitt,” said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt. “These two accomplished curators with an international vision for design will help us reach the largest and most diverse audiences possible on a…
November 15, 2018
In spring 2019, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Cube design museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands, will co-organize the exhibition “Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” which will open simultaneously at both museums. On view May 10 through Jan. 20, 2020, the Design Triennial will feature innovative projects, from 2016 and later, that highlight the ways designers are collaborating with scientists, engineers, farmers, environmentalists and nature itself to design a more harmonious and regenerative future. International in scope, “Nature” will include more than 60 groundbreaking works across various design disciplines, including architecture, urbanism, product design, landscape design, fashion and communication design that enhance…
November 8, 2018
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility” exhibition Dec. 14 through March 31, 2019. Featuring 40 projects that explore salient topics around the future of mobility and the urban environment, the exhibition will be punctuated with six provocations and a selection of design responses that reimagine livable streets and the way people, goods and services will move in a new age of connected and transformational mobility. Organized by Cara McCarty, the museum’s director of curatorial; Cynthia E. Smith, curator of socially responsible design; and Julie Pastor, curatorial assistant, “The Road Ahead” addresses the fundamental question: how do people…
October 12, 2018
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will host National Design Week from Oct. 13 through Oct. 18. National Design Week is a highlight of Cooper Hewitt’s full suite of fall programs, including interactive, hands-on activities, design workshops, an educator open house, panel discussions and master classes with National Design Award winners. National Design Week will culminate with the 19th annual National Design Awards Gala, an evening honoring the 2018 National Design Award winners. “Attracting thousands of visitors of all ages, National Design Week is a campus-wide celebration offering unforgettable interactions with our National Design Award winners in activities ranging from designing…
October 5, 2018
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum presents “Tablescapes: Designs for Dining,” an exhibition that offers a creative timeline of dining experiences through three distinct installations. At the center of the exhibition is Cooper Hewitt’s surtout de table, a magnificent, newly conserved treasure from the museum’s expansive collection of over 210,000 design objects that once ornamented the tables of French nobility at the turn of the 19th century. The exhibition also spotlights the work of the underrecognized but influential textile designer Marguerita Mergentime, active in the 1920s and ‘30s, whose work has not received a dedicated museum presentation in 75 years. Pivoting…
Featured Image: Installation view of "How Posters Work." Photo by Matt Flynn.