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Encyclopedia Smithsonian

CATEGORY: World Cultures

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Encounters with the Contemporary Encounters with the Contemporary

See an exhibition of works by 32 African modernist pioneers selected from the growing permanent collection of contemporary and modern works of art.

Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt

Learn about Egyptian burial ritual and cosmology and what they reveal about life in ancient Egypt.

Ethiopian Icons: Faith and Science Ethiopian Icons: Faith and Science

View an exhibition that focuses on the icon--an art form associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox church--and features six icons from the museum's collection that have recently undergone technical analysis and conservation treatment.

Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora

See a first-of-its kind exhibition examines the diversity and significance of contemporary visual arts of the Ethiopian diaspora.

First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection

View 200 items illustrating the similar aesthetic characteristics found in Native American objects from different North American cultures.

First Look: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection First Look: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection

See a display of 23 works made of wood, ivory, and beadwork from the Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection.

Forces of Change: The Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely Forces of Change: The Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely

Explore the Arctic’s changing climate. Discover what these changes mean for the Arctic, its wildlife, its people—and the rest of the planet.

Giant Panda Habitat, David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat, David M. Rubenstein Family

Giant panda cub Bao Bao is now on exhibit! Bao Bao is now spending much of her time in the trees of her outdoor exhibit where she can sometimes be difficult to see. Sharp eyes will spot her.

Gifts & Blessings: The Textile Arts of Madagascar Gifts & Blessings: The Textile Arts of Madagascar

View an exhibit explaining the historical context and dynamism of Madagascar's contemporary cloth production.

Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art

Trace the story of the beautiful coiled basket on two continents, demonstrating the enduring contribution of African peoples and cultures to American life in southeastern United States.

Great Ape House Great Ape House

This exhibition is home to western lowland gorillas and orangutans.

Great Britons: Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, London Great Britons: Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, London

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the National Portrait Gallery, London, this exhibition includes 60 works representing five centuries of British history.

Great Cats: Lions and Tigers Great Cats: Lions and Tigers

See living, breathing, roaring Sumatran tigers and African lions and learn more about these endangered animals.

Healing Mandala in Washington, D.C. Healing Mandala in Washington, D.C.

Over two weeks, approximately 20 Tibetan monks will create a 7' x 7' sand mandala as a healing response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Hide: Skin as Material and Metaphor: Part I Hide: Skin as Material and Metaphor: Part I

The featured artists draw upon this rich subject in multifaceted ways, using both the material and concept of skin as a metaphor for widespread issues.

Hide: Skin as Material and Metaphor: Part II Hide: Skin as Material and Metaphor: Part II

The featured artists draw upon this rich subject in multifaceted ways, using both the material and concept of skin as a metaphor for widespread issues.

Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure

View 163 masterpieces from India, Nepal, and Tibet created from the 8th to 19th centuries, most of which have never been publicly exhibited in the West.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History

Explore connections between past and present modes of seeing by juxtaposing contemporary photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto's photographs with approximately 60 ancient and medieval Japanese artworks.

Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses

See 55 dresses and more than 200 related items from the Plains, Plateau, and Great Basin regions in this exhibition of Native women's identity through traditional dress and its contemporary evolution.

Identity of the Sacred: Two Nigerian Shrine Figures

View two wooden sculptures -- one Igbo, the other Urhobo -- representing tutelary deities and ancestors found in two societies of southeastern Nigeria


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