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CATEGORY: World Cultures

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Asian Games: The Art of Contest Asian Games: The Art of Contest

Explore the role of games as social and cultural activities in the diverse societies of pre-modern Asia through games, paintings, prints, and decorative art.

Audible Artworks: Selected African Musical Instruments Audible Artworks: Selected African Musical Instruments

See and hear a selection of musical instruments that demonstrate the formal inventiveness of African artists who have created objects that are a delight to both the ears and eyes.

Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz

The life of legendary Cuban-born singer Celia Cruz (1924-2003) is explored through costumes, wigs, shoes, photographs, video, and music.

Beautiful Bodies: Form and Decoration of African Pottery Beautiful Bodies: Form and Decoration of African Pottery

See the beautiful forms, rich surface textures, and sumptuous colors that characterize these hand-built clay vessels from continental Africa, whose forms range from human to geometric.

Beauty Surrounds Us Beauty Surrounds Us

The exhibition features 77 extraordinary objects showcasing the integration of art and daily life in Native cultures throughout the hemisphere.

Bird House and the Outdoor Flight Exhibit Bird House and the Outdoor Flight Exhibit

The National Zoo is home to hundreds of birds from all over the world.

Body of Evidence: Selections from the Contemporary African Art Collection Body of Evidence: Selections from the Contemporary African Art Collection

View art using the human body—directly or indirectly—as a primary canvas for self-expression for these 20 African contemporary artists.

Brave New World Brave New World

View artist Theo Eshetu's Brave New World II, a compelling video installation that examines the theme of travel.

Caliphs and Kings: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain Caliphs and Kings: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain

See 89 objects that illustrate themes of longevity, continuity, and transmission in the Islamic decorative arts and sciences in medieval Spain.

Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade

Explore how ancient Yemen grew fabulously wealthy because of the caravan trade routes of frankincense and myrrh that ran through it.

Chant Avedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt Chant Avedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt

See a series of panels begun in 1991 by the preeminent contemporary Egyptian artist Chant Avedissian relating to current and historical Egyptian images, both representational and symbolic. 

Cheetah Conservation Station Cheetah Conservation Station

Cheetahs can be seen engaged in natural behaviors in a grassland setting similar to their natural savanna habitat.

Claiming Art/Reclaiming Space: Post-Apartheid Art from South Africa

View paintings, prints, and animated film shorts by South African Artists drawn from the museum's permanent collection.

Corridos sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition Corridos sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition

Explore the historical development of the corrido (ballad) in the New World over the past 200 years in this bilingual exhibition of vintage and modern recordings, broadsides, photographs, posters, musical instruments, and other memorabilia.

Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska

Jointly prepared by the Smithsonian and the Soviet Academy of Sciences, the exhibition presents the cultures of Alaska and Siberia from the end of the Ice Age Era to modern times.

Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations

The history of Cyprus is revealed through a rich collection of antiquities, many of which are traveling outside the country for the first time.

Devi: The Great Goddess Devi: The Great Goddess

See Devi (The Great Female Goddess of India) presented in approximately 120 works—paintings and sculptures in bronze, stone, and terra-cotta—ranging over a period of 2,000 years.

Dream Worlds: Modern Japanese Prints and Paintings from the Robert O. Muller Collection Dream Worlds: Modern Japanese Prints and Paintings from the Robert O. Muller Collection

View approximately 160 Japanese woodblock prints from the 1860s through the 1940s bequeathed to the museum by Robert O. Muller (1911-2003).

Elephant Trails Elephant Trails

As part of the Zoo's campaign to save Asian elephants, this expanded and transformed home for the Zoo's Asian elephants provides new indoor and outdoor space and  features a variety of habitats that support the natural behavior of the multi-generational herd.

Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries

Visit an exhibition bringing together approximately 250 objects reflecting the unprecedented cross-cultural dialogue that followed the establishment of Portugal's world trading network.


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