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what’s going on in Affiliateland this summer?

Short answer – A LOT!

The South Dakota State Historical Society featured Searching for Life in the Solar System, a web program from the National Air and Space Museum on 7.9.

The Denver Art Museum opened the Rhythm and Roots:  Dance in American Art exhibition, featuring artworks on loan from the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Denver, 7.10.

Dr. Damion Thomas, sports curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, presented a talk on African American baseball leagues at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, 7.16.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes hosted a collecting initiative event around Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues with curators from the National Museum of American History, 7.17.

Affiliations director Harold Closter attended and welcomed the California African American Museum into the Smithsonian family at an Affiliate announcement in Los Angeles, 7.20.

Founding director and senior scholar Loren Schoenberg from the National Jazz Museum in Harlem led a public program/performance on Duke Ellington for the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, 7.21.

Several staff from Affiliates took part in the George Washington University Museum Leadership Training Program in Washington, 7.25-26.


Design curator Ellen Lupton to speak in Atlanta in August.

Design curator Ellen Lupton to speak in Atlanta in August.

Ellen Lupton, a curator at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present a talk on her recent work on design exhibitions at the Museum of Design in Atlanta, 8.2.

The National Museum of Industrial History will open its doors to the public and host a dedication ceremony featuring staff from the Smithsonian, in Bethlehem, 8.2.

Manda Kowalczyk, conservator from the National Postal Museum, will participate in Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures: An Antiques Appraisal Show at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, 8.7.

The College Park Aviation Museum will open Mail Call, an exhibition from the National Postal Museum and SITES in College Park, 8.6.

The Orange County Regional History Center  will open SITES’ Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project in Orlando, 8.20.

what’s up in Affiliateland for December 2012 and January 2013

Events in Affiliateland for December 2012-January 2013

American Textile History Museum will host SITES’ Suited for Space in Lowell, 12.08. 

The North Carolina Transportation Museum will host SITES’ Journey Stories in Spence, 01.05.

The National Postal Museum will host the EdLab! Professional Development workshop at the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen, 01.09.

The National World War II Museum will host SITES’ Congressional Gold Medal in New Orleans, 01.11. The museum will also participate in the National Museum of American History’s Let’s Do History public program in New Orleans, 01.15.

Kevin Gover, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, will deliver remarks and observations on Native American art and identity at the Frost Art Museum & The Wolfsonian in Miami, 01.12.

Roger Launius, space curator at the National Air and Space Museum, will present a public lecture on the history and possible futures for human and robotic spaceflight at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach, 01.19. 

The David J. Sencer CDC Museum will host Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Design with the Other 90%: CITIES exhibition in Atlanta, 01.22.

Cooper-Hewitt’s new director

Bill Moggridge will assume the position of director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City in March, 2010.

Bill Moggridge will assume the position of director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City in March, 2010.


This week, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough announced that legendary industrial designer Bill Moggridge will lead the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, starting in March.  He will become the Museum’s fourth director since its creation, and the first practioner to hold the post.

Moggridge is credited with designing the world’s first laptop computer.  Among his other accomplishments, Moggridge was a founder of IDEO, a global design firm, an adviser to the British government on design in the 1970s, a trustee of the Design Museum in London in the 1990s, and is a consulting associate professor in the design program at Stanford since 2005.  In 2009, he received the lifetime achievement award at the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Awards ceremony, held at the White House.

Secretary Clough told the Washington Post, “Bill Moggridge is an entrepreneur, innovator and visionary leader in the design world.  The Smithsonian and Cooper-Hewitt are poised on the edge of a new era and having Bill Moggridge as director of our national design museum offers exciting prospects for the future.”

Moggridge joins the Museum at an exciting and critical time.  Cooper-Hewitt is in the midst of a major $64 million capital campaign and expansion effort that will add 70% more exhibition space, a new library, and classroom space.

Congratulations to our New York colleagues, and welcome, Bill, to the Smithsonian!