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Prototype For A Peeler, "Good Grips", 1990

Prototype For A Peeler, "Good Grips", 1990

Image Rights

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has entered into an agreement to have Art Resource, the world’s largest photo archive of fine art, represent its image permissions online.

Art Resource offers a range of images from the Museum’s collection, dating from China’s Han Dynasty to the present. As the Museum’s official rights and permissions representative in the United States and abroad, Art Resource will supply high-resolution digital image files provided directly by Cooper Hewitt’s department of image rights and reproduction.

All requests to commercially reproduce works of art from Cooper-Hewitt’s collection should be addressed directly to:
Art Resource
536 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
Tel: 212.505.8700; fax: 212.505.2053

Otherwise all image and content reuse is governed by Smithsonian Terms of Use.

Please note: Effective October 1, 2008, the Curatorial departments will be closed for appointments until further notice. This closure is due to the Museum’s renovation. We regret any inconvenience and will update this website when appointments resume.

Download Collections Data

Cooper Hewitt is committed to making its collection data available for public access. To date, we have made public approximately 80% of the documented collection available online. Whilst we have a web interface for searching the collection, we are now also making the dataset available for free public download. By being able to see “everything” at once, new connections and understandings may emerge.

The prospective uses for this data in the scholarly realm are extensive, from researchers who may reveal new patterns and connections across the collection, to new relationships between datasets in global catalogues of design and decorative arts, to improved Wikipedia articles. The dataset can also be used by developers in creating exciting new applications, which may combine the museum’s collection records with other data to produce a timeline, online publication, widget or mobile tool. Other museums that have released their metadata in this way have often been surprised by the innovative ways in which their data has been used and improved upon.

Download from our API/Developers section.