As of February 25, 2020, the Smithsonian Institution has released millions of collection records and images into the public domain. The Hirshhorn joined this effort by identifying several hundred works of art as CC0, or No Rights Reserved. These works show the CC0 icon on our Collection Search webpage, and available images of these works are free to download for personal and academic purposes. More information about the Smithsonian’s Open Access efforts can be found on the Open Access website.
Collection information is maintained and updated by Hirshhorn staff, and new records are frequently added. Researchers can request additional information for a work, series of works, or an artist using the Research Request Form. Submit completed forms to HMSGCollections@si.edu with Research Request in the subject line. Requests will be answered in a timely manner, and we will work with your deadlines. Please note that each request can require hours of research and attention to guarantee an accurate answer, and thus we appreciate advance notice and thank you for your patience.
Researchers can request appointments to see works not currently on view. Appointment requests should be made by email at least two months in advance, and scheduling is dependent on staff availability. Submit a formal letter of interest and a completed Research Request Form to HMSGCollections@si.edu with Research Visit Request in the subject line. Requests will be answered in a timely manner.
Images of collection works marked CC0 (Creative Commons Zero, or No Rights Reserved) are available for download without charge. Researchers, galleries, museums, and artists can request new photography of an artwork using the Photo Request Form. Submit completed forms to HMSGCollections@si.edu with New Photography Request in the subject line. Please allow a minimum of three months to process all new photography requests. Service fees apply.More information about image request processes can be found on the Image Rights & Reproductions webpage.
More information about image request processes can be found on the Image Rights & Reproductions webpage.