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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

July 24, 2019

In March 2020, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present the first museum exhibition of American designer Willi Smith (1948–1987). “Willi Smith: Street Couture” will feature key works by this pioneer of streetwear fashion who founded the iconic brand WilliWear with partner Laurie Mallet in 1976 and leveraged innovative partnerships with artists, designers and performers to break down social, cultural and economic boundaries. On view March 13 through Oct. 25, 2020, the exhibition will include more than 200 works by Smith and collaborators such as Juan Downey, Dan Friedman, Keith Haring, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Les Levine, Dianne…

July 9, 2019

The next exhibition in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s "Selects" series will be guest curated by members of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Organized by the Wyss Institute’s founding director Don Ingber, in collaboration with his co-faculty, Joanna Aizenberg, Jennifer Lewis, Radhika Nagpal and Pam Silver, the exhibition examines the use of biologically inspired design principles to engineer a better world. On view from July 12 through March 8, 2020, in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery, “Wyss Institute Selects” draws from Cooper Hewitt’s expansive permanent collection and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden…

June 5, 2019

COOPER HEWITT CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS PROGRAM AND ANNOUNCES 2019 WINNERS Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announced the 20th class of National Design Award winners, honored for design excellence and innovation in 11 categories, including the inaugural Emerging Designer Award. Established in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council, the National Design Awards bring national recognition to the ways in which design enriches everyday life. In celebration of this milestone year, Target will offer free admission to all visitors of Cooper Hewitt during National Design Week, Oct. 12–19, to make design accessible…

May 22, 2019

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s popular summer performance series, Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt, returns to the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. On Thursday evenings from June 13 to Aug. 15, live music, DJ sets and dance performances will activate one of the largest enclosed museum gardens in New York City. A launch party for the series will be held May 30 at A/D/O in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to offer a preview of the season’s lineup along with a special performance. Cooper Hewitt members enjoy free admission to all performances. The series kicks off at Cooper Hewitt June 13 with music from…

January 31, 2019

“NATURE—COOPER HEWITT DESIGN TRIENNIAL” WILL EXPLORE DESIGN’S ABILITY TO ADDRESS CRITICAL ISSUES SURROUNDING NATURE, CLIMATE AND THE ENVIRONMENT Designers are striving to transform people’s relationship with the natural world. “Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” co-organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Cube design museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands, will feature over 60 projects to demonstrate how designers are collaborating with scientists, engineers, environmentalists, academics and other stakeholders to find inventive and promising solutions to the environmental and social challenges confronting humanity today. On view May 10–Jan. 20, 2020, the Design Triennial will be presented at both Cooper Hewitt and Cube, allowing audiences in both the…

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…

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