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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: 212-849-3251

September 25, 2018

For the eighth installment of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s popular Design by Hand series, the museum will present hands-on workshops with the celebrated Dutch industrial design studio Scholten & Baijings. Taking place September 25–27, the programs will offer a unique opportunity for the public to explore the design studio’s process and investigations of color, form and material. Augmenting the series, an interactive installation in the museum’s Process Lab, “Scholten & Baijings: Lessons from the Studio,” on view through March 2019, invites visitors to engage with the studio’s experimental design process. “Thanks to our long-standing partnership with Van Cleef &…

September 18, 2018

As guest curator of the next exhibition in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s acclaimed “Selects” series, artist and designer Rebeca Méndez investigates the interaction of humanity, nature, design and science. Drawn from the diverse collections of Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Libraries, “Rebeca Méndez Selects” is the 17th installation in the series in which designers, artists, architects and public figures are invited to guest curate an exhibition. It is on view Oct. 5 through June 16, 2019, in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Collection Gallery. “Within the design world, Rebeca is an impassioned voice…

September 4, 2018

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum was awarded the London Design Biennale 2018 Emotional States Medal for the most inspiring interpretation of the 2018 theme, supported by Panasonic. This medal has been selected by the Biennale’s International Jury, a group of 14 world-leading design experts and influencers. “We are honored to receive this recognition from London Design Biennale, and particularly want to thank R. Luke DuBois, Zach Lieberman and Matter Architecture Practice for their provocative design response to the social challenges presented by facial-detection technology,” said Cooper Hewitt Director Caroline Baumann. “A global platform for design and design thinking, Cooper Hewitt…

August 10, 2018

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (New York) will once again represent the United States at the London Design Biennale with “Face Values,” an immersive installation that explores the pervasive yet often hidden role of facial detection technology in contemporary society. The exhibition is curated by Ellen Lupton, senior curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, and features original work by designers Zachary Lieberman and R. Luke DuBois displayed within a digital environment designed by Matter Architecture Practice. On view at Somerset House Sept. 4–23, London Design Biennale 2018 will see design installations from countries, cities and territories from six continents.…

July 11, 2018

Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, has announced the selection of Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, as the Director’s Award recipient of the 2018 National Design Awards. Unlike the other National Design Awards, which are selected by an interdisciplinary jury of design leaders and educators, the Director’s Award is chosen by Baumann in recognition of outstanding support and patronage within the design community. The 2018 award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner and ceremony Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at Cooper Hewitt. “With a courageous vision for fighting…

June 22, 2018

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced the design team of Emily Bryson, 18, and Natasja Enriquez, 18, students of Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami, as the winner of the third annual National High School Design Competition: All Access, organized in collaboration with Target. The winning design concept, titled “Art-Share,” is a tactile art-making kit that facilitates development of motor skills through three tools that wind, roll and stamp. Inspired by a visit to the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Bryson and Enriquez’ goal was to create a unique art-making experience for both individuals who are sighted and those…

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