Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Matilda McQuaid is deputy director of curatorial and head of textiles at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. She recently co-curated Nature: Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, an exhibition about how designers are transforming our relationship with the natural world through multidisciplinary partnerships, and led a collection-digitization project with over 200,000 objects photographed and made available online. In her 17 years at Cooper Hewitt, McQuaid has organized acclaimed exhibitions and publications including Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance and Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse. Formerly at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) for 15 years, she is also an author and editor on art, architecture, and design.