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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

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…

October 16, 2015

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced today a new campaign initiative to take its Design in the Classroom program, which introduces classes K-12 to design thinking and learning through interactive hands-on workshops, nationwide. Launched in 2011, the Design in the Classroom program has reached more than 80,000 students in the five boroughs of New York and in five other pilot cities across the United States.  ED by Ellen, the lifestyle brand of the television host and ED Creative Director, Ellen DeGeneres, matched contributions up to $100,000 at the 2015 National Design Awards Gala Oct. 15, and to date, more than…

September 15, 2015

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” the fifth installment of the museum’s popular contemporary design exhibition series, from Feb. 12 through Aug. 21, 2016. With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion ensembles and architectural interventions, “Beauty” will feature work by 63 designers, filling most of two floors of the museum with more than 250 works from around the globe. “Featuring recent work from the most outstanding voices in the global design scene, ‘Beauty’ will expand the discourse around the transformative power of aesthetic innovation,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum.…

September 9, 2015

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum marks the tenth anniversary of National Design Week Oct. 10–18, with a range of programs for students, teachers, design professionals and the general public celebrating the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life. The museum’s largest educational initiative, National Design Week is a highlight of Cooper Hewitt’s full suite of fall programs, which include the return of Design by Hand, a series of workshops for all ages led by designers from Pixar Animation Studios; Game Changers, a new program of conversations with influential and innovative practitioners; and exhibition-related lectures on graphic…

July 27, 2015

Examining the collaborative design process behind Pixar Animation Studios, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum presents “Pixar: The Design of Story,” from Oct. 8 through Aug. 7, 2016. Featuring original artwork, including rarely seen hand-drawn sketches, paintings and sculptures, the exhibition reveals how Pixar develops popular characters, fosters emotional connection to its films and, ultimately, how the design process is at the studio’s core. Through concept art from films such as Toy Story, Wall-E, Up, Brave, The Incredibles and Cars, among others, the exhibition will focus on Pixar’s process of iteration, collaboration and research, and is organized into three key design…

May 5, 2015

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will celebrate outstanding achievement in American design this fall with its 16th annual National Design Awards program. Today, Cooper Hewitt director Caroline Baumann announced the winners of the 2015 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation across a variety of disciplines. The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Thursday, Oct. 15, at Pier Sixty in New York. This year’s recipients are Michael Graves for Lifetime Achievement; Jack Lenor Larsen for Director’s Award; Rosanne Haggerty for Design Mind; Heath Ceramics for Corporate & Institutional Achievement; MOS Architects for Architecture Design; Project Projects…

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