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Solar on the Line
November 29, 2016 – TBD

Solar on the Line explores the innovation and technology behind solar power as a renewable energy resource.

American History Museum
Giving in America
November 29, 2016 – Permanent

Giving in America looks at the history of philanthropy in United States, commemorating the movements and people who made and continue to make a difference.

American History Museum
Muppets and Puppets
November 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017

In time for the winter holidays, this showcase presents a selection of Muppets and marionetts from the museum’s collection illustrating the evolution of puppetry.

American History Museum
Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait
November 18, 2016 – May 7, 2017

Video-art pioneer Bill Viola believes that cameras are the keepers of souls. From the moment he first picked up a video camera as an art student in 1970, he was captured by the technology. The exhibition Bill Viola and the Moving Portrait is the National Portrait Gallery’s first exhibition devoted to media art.

Portrait Gallery
Gene Davis: Hot Beat
November 17, 2016 – April 2, 2017

Brightly colored stripes multiply in rhythmic repetitions across the surface of a painting by Gene Davis (1920-1985). Remarkably original when they first appeared in the 1960s, these paintings became the signature expression for one of the leading Color Field painters.

American Art Museum
Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern
November 11, 2016 – March 19, 2017

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was among the most innovative American sculptors of the twentieth century, creating works that were far ahead of his time. The exhibition is the first full-scale exhibition to explore how the ancient world shaped this artist’s innovative vision for the future.

American Art Museum
For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw
November 11, 2016 – June 4, 2017

Through the themes of portraiture, community, family, military, and performance, the exhibition gives a glimpse of Native life in 20th-century Oklahoma.

American Indian Museum
The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
October 22, 2016 – February 20, 2017

Almost seventy sumptuous manuscripts are featured in The Art of the Qur’an, the first major presentation of Qur’ans in the United States.

Sackler Gallery
Folk and Self-Taught Art
October 21, 2016 – Ongoing

These galleries serve as a reminder that not all artists are formally trained and that the making of art is as much an act of passion as of intellect.

American Art Museum
From Royal Mail to Public Post
October 21, 2016 – January 16, 2017

To mark the United Kingdom postal service's 500th anniversary, a temporary display of original documents from 1635 and 1840 is presented.

Postal Museum
21st Annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards
October 19, 2016 – September 2017

Named for nature photographer and conservationist, Windland Smith Rice, the 21st annual Nature’s Best Photography Awards exhibition presents a collection of 83 fine art prints accompanied by an HD video. 

Natural History Museum
From the Regenia Perry Collection: The Backyard of Derek Webster's Imagination
October 17, 2016 – April 23, 2017

This exhibition consists of 9 pieces created between 1980–1996 from the Regenia A. Perry Folk Art Collection within the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum’s folk art collection.

Anacostia Community Museum
Ragnar Kjartansson
October 14, 2016 – January 8, 2017

This exhibition is the first comprehensive mid-career survey of Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson and charts his wide-ranging practice across film, performance, painting, and drawing.

Hirshhorn Museum
Healing Arts
October 3, 2016 – Indefinitely

Select pieces from the museum’s permanent collection reveal the skill and range of African artists who create art empowered to counter physical, social, and spiritual problems.

African Art Museum
Everyone Plays: Sports and Disability
October 1, 2016 – March 26, 2017

An explosion of innovation and creativity has led to technological advancements in adaptive sports equipment, allowing disabled athletes to participate in a wide range of sports that they would not otherwise have had access to.

American History Museum
By the People: Designing a Better America
September 30, 2016 – February 26, 2017

The third exhibition of Cooper Hewitt’s humanitarian design series will examine how design is challenging social and economic inequality across America.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Slavery and Freedom
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

As the centerpiece of the museum, this exhibition explores the complex story of slavery and freedom, a story standing at the core of our national experience.

African American History and Culture Museum
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876-1968
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

This exhibition takes visitors from the end of Reconstruction through the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

African American History and Culture Museum
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

This exhibition illustrates the impact of African Americans on life in the United States—social, economic, political, and cultural—from the death of Martin Luther King Jr. to the second election of President Barack Obama.

African American History and Culture Museum
Power of Place
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

Experience the broad diversity of African American life and regional cultures in communities that took root in different areas of the country.

African American History and Culture Museum

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