The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is the only museum in the
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Looking north from East 90th Street at the back garden of the Cooper-Hewitt.

United States focusing comprehensively on historical and contemporary design. The museum's collections and curatorial research are supported by the National Design Library, which includes approximately 80,000 volumes, over 6,500 rare books and more than 700 pop-up books.[1] The museum closed for renovations in July 2011, and is expected to reopen in late 2013.[2] In the meantime, the museum has been holding exhibitions throughout New York City in locations such as the United Nations[3] and Governor's Island,[4] and has also been actively expanding the digital availability of its permanent collection.

An earlier closure Edit

The museum had been closed for an extended period once before, during the 13 years from when it was "ousted" from the Cooper Union in 1963 and before it re-opened in the Carnegie Mansion in 1976.[5] The Metropolitan Museum of Art had been interested in absorbing the collection, but the transaction was stopped due to public concern that the collection would lose its integrity and focus within the encyclopedic institution.[6]

Collection Data Edit

The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum released collection data for 120,000 objects into the public domain in February, 2012, under a Creative Commons Zero license.[7] The text metadata describes approximately 60% of the collection.[8]

The museum has also made 1568 artworks by 493 artists available with gigapixel resolution through the Google Art Project.[9]

Affiliations Edit

The Smithsonian appears to be a member of the International Council of Museums, National Committee of the United States (ICOM-US). Elizabeth Duggal, Associate Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and Director of the International Museum Professional Education Program, Smithsonian Institution, is one of ICOM-US board co-chairs for the 2011-2014 term.[10]

The museum is not a member of the American Association of Museums (AAM), nor is it accredited by the AAM. The Smithsonian Institution is listed as having been a client of Archives & Museum Informatics at some time during the past 20 years, but it is not readily apparent whether the consulting impacted the Cooper-Hewitt directly.

Seb Chan, the Director of Digital and Emerging Technologies at the museum, was an active member of Melbourne-based Museum3 from 2008-2011, which coincides with the time when he was at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

In the News Edit

On May 22, 2012, there were 396 results for the term "cooper-hewitt" on Google News. The results were listed over ten pages and only went back as far as May 9, 2012.

QR codesEdit

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QR code to the museum's English-language Wikipedia article:

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum QRpedia

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References Edit

  1. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library
  2. Cooper-Hewitt Renovation
  3. Design With The Other 90%: Cities, at the U.N.
  4. Graphic Design: Now In Production, at Governor's Island
  5. Glueck, G. (September 20, 1976). Reborn cooper-hewitt museum has new home. The New York Times 33.
  6. Huxtable, Ada Louise (April 1, 1972). Carnegie house given to cooper-hewitt museum. The New York Times 1, 11.
  7. Creative Commons Zero License
  8. Cooper-Hewitt Collections Data
  9. Google Art Project
  10. ICOM US Board. ICOM US.

Bibliography Edit

More than meets the eye : the history and collections of Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

External links Edit

Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum website
Cooper-Hewitt Labs
Site of Seb Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Media at the Cooper-Hewitt