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Laurie Bohlk
Associate Director of Communications & Marketing

Gregory Gestner
Communications & Marketing 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

March 7, 2016

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announces several trustee and staff appointments. Bart Friedman, Shelby Gans and Jon Kamen join Cooper Hewitt’s board of trustees. Led by chair Barbara Mandel and president Beth Comstock, the board includes 39 distinguished civic and business leaders dedicated to the continued growth of the museum. The museum also welcomes Catherine Birch, director of retail, Wendi Parson, director of communications and marketing and Micah Walter, director of digital and emerging media. “I am truly delighted to welcome these newest members to the Cooper Hewitt family. They bring to the museum not only their superb expertise, but…

February 16, 2016

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in partnership with El Museo del Barrio, announces a dynamic roster of free upcoming public programs for DISEÑO, the second in the series that heralds the impact of Latinos on American design. The lineup of lectures and workshops commences Feb. 23 with a panel discussion on contemporary architecture with architects Diana Agrest (Agrest & Gandelsonas Architects), Enrique Norten (TEN Arquitectos) and Mónica Ponce de León (MPdL Studio), who will discuss their work and considerations of urban development and environmental issues at El Museo del Barrio. Programs continue in the spring focusing on Latin American product…

January 12, 2016

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announces the launch of Student Design Challenge #ThinkOutside, its first-ever nationwide competition for high school students, inviting them to submit ideas for an outdoor chair inspired by objects from the museum’s collection. Organized by Cooper Hewitt in collaboration with Target, the challenge’s winning chair design will be manufactured by the retailer for exclusive use in the museum’s recently redesigned Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. The deadline for entries is Feb. 21. “As the nation’s design museum, we have the responsibility to encourage and celebrate our country’s aspiring young designers,” said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper…

December 21, 2015

For the next installment of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s popular “Selects” series, fashion designer Thom Browne explores ideas of reflection and individuality with an installation that includes more than 50 of the museum’s historic and contemporary mirrors and frames. “Thom Browne Selects,” on view in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Collection Gallery March 4–Oct. 23, 2016, is the 13th in the ongoing series in which prominent designers, artists and architects are invited to mine and interpret the museum’s collection of more than 210,000 objects. Known for his meticulous approach to tailoring in men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, Browne reexamines codes…

November 24, 2015

The Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum opens Friday, Nov. 27 following a redesign by Hood Design Studio, in collaboration with Raft Landscape Architects and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The revamped garden features new terrace pavers, garden pathways, plantings, a reimagined rock garden and a transformed northwest garden. It will be open to the public free of charge starting at 8 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends. The opening of the garden marks the final phase of Cooper Hewitt’s renovation of the Carnegie Mansion and museum campus, which was recently recognized with LEED Silver certification. “National…

November 10, 2015

This November, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present the fourth installment of its Design by Hand series, which celebrates the craftsmanship, innovations and merits of pioneering design organizations. Held Nov. 12–14, the fall series will spotlight and feature creative staff from Pixar Animation Studios, and takes place in conjunction with “Pixar: The Design of Story,” on view in the museum’s Process Lab through Aug. 7, 2016. “As seen in Cooper Hewitt’s current installation ‘Pixar: The Design of Story,’ Pixar’s design process most often commences with hand sketches, paintings and models, which inform their imaginative characters and films,” said Caroline…

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