Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the steward of one of the most diverse and comprehensive design collections in existence—more than 215,000 design objects spanning 30 centuries. From ancient textiles and works on paper to icons of modern design and cutting-edge technologies, Cooper Hewitt’s collection serves as inspiration for creative work of all kinds and tells the story of design’s paramount importance in improving our world.

2 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128 / (212) 849-8400
Organization name

Drue Heinz Study Center for Drawings and Prints

Cooper Hewitt’s Drawings, Prints & Graphic Design department, among the world’s foremost repositories of European and American works on paper, holds over 147,000 drawings and prints dating from the Renaissance to the present. Included are designs for architecture, decorative arts, interiors, ornament, jewelry, textiles, graphic and industrial design, and the fine arts. The department’s collection is a vital resource for study, actively supports original research and scholarship, and fosters greater understanding and appreciation of the integral role of works on paper in the history of design and decorative arts up to the present day.


The Drawings, Prints & Graphic Design department welcomes scholars, students, researchers and members of the public to the Drue Heinz Study Center for Drawings and Prints and the Henry Luce Study Room for American Art by appointment.


Image: Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (Flemish, 1523–1605), Cavemen Hunting Elephants [above]; The King of Persia Hunting [below]. Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash on white laid paper; 21.8 x 15.7 cm (8 9/16 x 6 3/16 in.). Museum purchase through gift of various donors; 1901-39-163. Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

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Study Session: Nature Observed: Frederic Edwin Church
January 30, 2024 11:00 am

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January 1, 12AM UTC
Pose, Power, Practice: New Perspectives on Life Drawing
Vernon Square, London, WC1X 9EW, United Kingdom

From the sixteenth century to the present, drawing the human body from life has remained a mainstay of Western institutional art practice. Despite significant shifts in the aesthetics, media, and […]

January 1, 12AM UTC
The Drawing Foundation – All Day Drawing Competition
15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY, 10003, United States
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