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Laurie Bohlk
Associate Director of Communications & Marketing

Hannah Holden
Communications Manager

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

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,”…

May 16, 2017

FIRST U.S. MUSEUM EXHIBITION OF EXPERIMENTAL DUTCH DESIGNER Furniture generated by smart algorithms, the world’s first fully functional 3-D printed steel bridge and a 3-D printable Makerchair that can be downloaded from the internet. These are but a few examples of the ingenious oeuvre of designer/inventor Joris Laarman, who works at the intersection of design, art and engineering. From Sept. 27 through Jan. 15, 2018, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age.” Organized by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands, the exhibition will make its U.S. debut at Cooper Hewitt and travel to…

May 5, 2017

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has announced the winners of the 2017 National Design Awards, recognizing design excellence and innovation in 11 categories. Now in their 18th year, the annual awards promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world and are accompanied by robust educational programs. The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner and ceremony Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at Cooper Hewitt. This year’s recipients are Hartmut Esslinger, Lifetime Achievement; Susan S. Szenasy, Director’s Award; Craig L. Wilkins, Design Mind; Design Trust for Public Space, Corporate & Institutional…

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