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Ashley Tickle
Director of Communications & Marketing

Laurie Bohlk
Associate Director of Communications & Marketing

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Department of Communications & Marketing
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128-0669
Telephone: 212-849-8420

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…

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 &…

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