One of the privileges of my grad program is getting to work closely with the staff at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, one of only two Smithsonian museums in New York. Over a school year I got to do some pretty neat things, like assist with public programs (this one's great and I think my hair has a brief cameo) and work with the curators on upcoming shows (Sonia Delaunay, spring 2011!). I've also been lucky to do pretty crazy unofficial things, too, that felt like one version of fantasy New York, like attend the Rodarte opening (I asked Laura Mulleavy if all the smiling made her cheeks hurt like a kid at their bar mitzvah).
For a class last semester, students in my program worked with the second year students in the SVA's MFA Design Criticism program to examine the issues surrounding the Design Triennial, which is up now at the Cooper-Hewitt. We wrote a series of blog posts, which will be on the museum's website for the run of the show. Mine went up today! Please take a look and, if you're in the city, stop by the museum. There're some really fantastic projects!