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Dianne Hauserman Pilgrim

Dianne Hauserman Pilgrim, the Director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, was appointed in 1988, and since then has reviewed, studied, and decisively clarified the Museum’s national status, mission, and programs. She also established its first education department and created a new graphic identity program. Her previous positions were curator, then Chair of the Department of Decorative Arts of the Brooklyn Museum, where between 1973 and 1988 she developed, with Richard Guy Wilson, two major traveling exhibitions and publications: The American Renaissance, 1876-1919 and The Machine Age in America 1918-1941. In addition, she renovated 21 period rooms and 28 interiors representative of American design from 1675 to 1928. She has held academic posts at Columbia University, School of Architecture and Planning, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Finch College of Art.

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