Ellen Lupton, D.C.D. '08, Receives Curator Emerita Honor from Cooper Hewitt Design Museum After 30-Year Tenure
August 2, 2022
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Ellen Lupton, D.C.D. '08, who recently concluded her tenure as senior curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, has received that institution's honorary designation as curator emerita following her lengthy tenure there.
"Throughout her 30-year career at Cooper Hewitt, Lupton's acclaimed exhibitions, lectures and publications have covered every aspect of design—from broad concepts of typography to practical elements of everyday life," according to an article in thecitylife.org. "The honorary designation celebrates Lupton's decision to continue exploring and advancing contemporary design matters through her teaching, writing, workshops and lectures."
Maria Nicanor, director of Cooper Hewitt, said in the article, "Ellen's work has inspired entire generations of museum professionals and design thinkers."
Lupton responded, "It has been a great privilege to contribute to Cooper Hewitt's important work. Cooper Hewitt demonstrates every day that good design is necessary for people and the planet."
Lupton says she plans to continue teaching graduate students at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, where she holds the Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair. She has written several books on design, including Thinking with Type and Graphic Design Thinking.
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