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Laurie Bohlk
Associate Director of Communications & Marketing

Gregory Gestner
Communications & Marketing Manager

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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

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…

May 1, 2015

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announces a wide range of program offerings this spring and summer, including the third installment of the Design by Hand series with world-renowned fashion designer Ralph Rucci, lectures on graphic design in conjunction with the exhibition “How Posters Work,” talks with pioneering designers such as Bruce Mau and engaging family activities, such as the museum’s first-ever Design Camp. “We are greatly honored to welcome National Design Award winner Ralph Rucci to kick off an inspiring calendar of programs for all ages at Cooper Hewitt,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “From the Morse Lecture…

April 7, 2015

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has collaborated with Wieden+Kennedy New York on a new advertising campaign to celebrate its recent reopening in the landmark Andrew Carnegie Mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The out-of-home advertising campaign will run in design-centric neighborhoods throughout New York City, as well as on social media platforms through the month of April. “When Cooper Hewitt reopened its doors for the first time in three years following its massive transformation, we set out to remind the nation that its design museum is open again on Manhattan’s Upper East Side,” said Caroline Baumann, director of…

February 5, 2015

This June, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio,” the first museum exhibition to introduce the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio to an American audience. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, infrastructure and temporary structures, such as the U.K. Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, to, most recently, large-scale architecture projects around the world. Organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Cooper Hewitt is the only East Coast venue in the national tour of the exhibition, which debuted…

For the next installment of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s popular “Selects” series, architect David Adjaye presents 14 West and Central African textiles from the museum’s permanent collection in “David Adjaye Selects.” On view June 19 through Feb. 14, 2016, in the renovated Marks Gallery located on the museum’s first floor, the exhibition is the 12th in the ongoing series, in which prominent designers, artists and architects are invited to mine and interpret the museum’s collection. Hailed as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and with projects underway on four continents, Adjaye is known for combining the aesthetics of his…

Featuring more than 125 works from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition “How Posters Work” shows how dozens of different designers—from prominent pioneers like Herbert Matter, Paul Rand, Philippe Apeloig and M/M (Paris), to lesser-known makers—have mobilized principles of composition, perception and storytelling to convey ideas and construct experiences. On view at Cooper Hewitt from May 8 through Jan. 24, 2016, the exhibition is organized by Ellen Lupton, senior curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt. “A true visual feast, ‘How Posters Work’ features 14 principles of how designers look at the world,” said Caroline Baumann, director…

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