NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in partnership with El Museo del Barrio, announces a dynamic roster of free upcoming public programs for DISEÑO, the second in the series that heralds the impact of Latinos on American design. The lineup of lectures and workshops commences Feb. 23 with a panel discussion on contemporary architecture with architects Diana Agrest (Agrest & Gandelsonas Architects), Enrique Norten (TEN Arquitectos) and Mónica Ponce de León (MPdL Studio), who will discuss their work and considerations of urban development and environmental issues at El Museo del Barrio.
"As the nation's design museum, we celebrate and share design's global reach with programming that highlights the inspiring and diverse voices of contemporary design both here and abroad," said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt. "Our partnership with our neighbor El Museo del Barrio for the DISEÑO series spotlights through lively discussion the significant achievements of Latino designers and architects."
"We are delighted to be a partner with Cooper Hewitt, the flagship institution of American design, on the DISEÑO series," said Jorge Daniel Veneciano, El Museo del Barrio's executive director. "Presenting the richness of Latin American contributions in the United States is part of our mission."
DISEÑO programs continue this spring with industrial designer Emiliano Godoy and graphic designer Rodrigo Corral, who discuss their work at Cooper Hewitt on Wednesday, March 23, and lead a workshop at El Museo del Barrio on Thursday, March 24. Godoy creates objects from materials and processes that implement skilled labor and local materials. Rodrigo Corral, creative director of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, has designed covers and jackets for some of this century's most memorable literary works by authors such as Junot Diaz, Chuck Palahniuk and Gary Shteyngart.
An additional program this spring on fashion accessory design will be announced soon. For more information, visit cooperhewitt.org and elmuseo.org.
DISEÑO is a partnership between Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and El Museo del Barrio. This series is funded by Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives.
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