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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

February 27, 2018

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum presents “Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color,” an exhibition on view May 11 through Jan. 13 that explores the elusive, complex phenomenon of color perception and how it has captivated artists, designers, scientists and philosophers. Featuring over 190 objects spanning from antiquity to the present, the exhibition reveals how designers apply the theories of the world’s greatest color thinkers to bring order and excitement to the visual world. “Color has been studied for centuries and yet there is still much to learn about its properties,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum, “From rare…

February 13, 2018

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is pleased to announce two exciting leadership shifts on the board of trustees and the recruitment of its first-ever chief experience officer (CXO). Effective Dec. 1, Elizabeth Ainslie serves as chair, Scott Belsky as president and Todd Waterbury as a vice president of its board of trustees. The officer elections took place at the board of trustees meeting Sept. 26. Ainslie succeeds Barbara Mandel, who led the museum’s board for four years and will remain on the board as a trustee. Belsky assumes the role of president from Beth Comstock, who served for six years.…

January 29, 2018

As guest curator of the next exhibition in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s acclaimed “Selects” series, Bob Greenberg, founder of the international design innovation company R/GA, engages his singular creative eye to uncover compelling design lineages and make thematic connections within the museum’s expansive collection of 210,000 objects. On view Feb. 23 through Sept. 9 in the Nancy and Edwin Marks Collection Gallery, “Bob Greenberg Selects” is the 16th installation in the series in which designers, artists, architects and public figures are invited to guest curate an exhibition. For his presentation, Greenberg brings together 42 innovative works from Cooper Hewitt’s…

November 27, 2017

Providing a major platform for the growing movement toward accessibility and inclusive design, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum presents products, projects and services developed by and with people with disabilities—physical, cognitive and sensory—that expand their ability to lead independent lives and engage more fully in the world. On view Dec. 15 through Sept. 3, 2018, the “Access+Ability” exhibition features more than 70 works, from adaptive clothing and eating implements that assist with daily routines to apps and “smart” technologies that aid in social interactions and navigating the environment. “Cooper Hewitt is committed to accessibility in its broadest sense, with exhibitions…

August 18, 2017

Fall exhibition brings 150 avant-garde works to the public, showcasing the limitless potential of jewelry design. “Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection,” opening Nov. 17, celebrates the recent gift from the renowned collector to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. On view through May 28, 2018, the exhibition, co-curated by Ursula Ilse-Neuman and Cooper Hewitt, features 150 brooches, necklaces, bracelets and rings, and traces radical developments in jewelry from the mid-20th century to the present. Works on view highlight jewelry design’s expressive and innovative achievements, ranging from works that make a political statement by eschewing silver and…

June 21, 2017

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announces new trustee and staff appointments. Helen Hintz and Margaret Gould Stewart join Cooper Hewitt’s board of trustees. Led by chair Barbara Mandel and president Beth Comstock, the board includes 34 distinguished civic and business leaders dedicated to the growth of the museum. The museum also welcomes Ruki Ravikumar, director of education. “It’s my tremendous pleasure to welcome these three phenomenal women to Cooper Hewitt,” said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt. “Leaders of their fields and champions of design, their wisdom and experience will greatly benefit the museum as we continue our growth…

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