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Visual Arts Gallery
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

Paintings, sculpture, works on paper, art installations, mixed media, photography, and digital media illustrate the critical role that African American artists played in shaping the history of American art.

African American History and Culture Museum
A Century in the Making: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture
September 24, 2016 – Ongoing

This exhibit explores the journey toward fulfillment of the long-held dream of building the museum, providing an overview of the century-long struggle that began in 1915 and its culminating achievements.

African American History and Culture Museum
Mending Broken Hearts: Innovation Inside the Body
September 23, 2016 – TBA March 2017

The history of medical advancement in America has been one of trial and risk. Today, heart valve operations are routine, but developing a successful mechanical valve involved years of experimentation with materials and design by a small team of doctors after World War II.

American History Museum
Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse
September 23, 2016 – April 16, 2017

Offering creative, alternative approaches to confronting textile waste, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse will present the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Expanding the Legacy: New Collections on African American Art
September 23, 2016 – March 19, 2017

The Archives of American Art presents selections from recently acquired collections highlighting the cultural contributions and the personal stories of African Americans in the art world.

Archives of American Art
Notes from the Desert: Photographs by Gauri Gill
September 17, 2016 – February 12, 2017

Since the late 1990s, Gauri Gill has been photographing marginalized communities in western Rajasthan, India. Featuring nearly sixty of her prints, this exhibition showcases Gill's work in the remote desert region.

Sackler Gallery
Always Ready: Firefighting in the 19th Century
September 16, 2016 – TBD

Explores how the role of citizens in fighting fire changed dramatically over the 19th century along with the technology. 

American History Museum
Model of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
September 16, 2016 – January 31, 2017

The architectural design model submitted by Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smithsonian Group to the Museum design competition in 2011 is on view.

Smithsonian Castle
Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational 2016
September 9, 2016 – January 8, 2017

The seventh installment of the Renwick Gallery's biennial series celebrates artists deserving of wider national recognition presents the work of Steven Young Lee, Kristen Morgin, Jennifer Trask, and Norwood Viviano.

Renwick Gallery
Celebration: Snapshots of African American Communities
September 9, 2016 – December 27, 2016

To celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of American History presents a special display of 25 photographs that reflect the diversity of the African American experience.

American History Museum
Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image
September 9, 2016 – March 6, 2017

Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image is a series of rotating exhibitions drawn from SAAM’s media arts collection.

American Art Museum
Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothko
September 3, 2016 – February 20, 2017

Created more than five centuries apart, an imperial Chinese porcelain dish and a painting by Mark Rothko—unexpectedly brought together in visual dialogue—reveal the immensity of the color red.

Sackler Gallery
Garden Inspirations
September 3, 2016 – September 3, 2017

Drawing inspiration from images in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens, these miniature landscapes are small-scale works of art designed to spur creativity.

Ripley Center
Artworks by African Americans from the Collection
September 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017

In celebration of the 2016 Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, SAAM will displays 184 of its most important artworks by African Americans.

American Art Museum
Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten
August 26, 2016 – March 19, 2017

This installation, presented in celebration of the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, features thirty-nine images, all works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection.

American Art Museum
Still Life with Spirit and Xitle
August 6, 2016 – Summer 2017

Still Life with Spirit and Xitle features a car being crushed by a volcanic boulder with a comical smiley face painted on it by artist Jimmie Durham.

Hirshhorn Museum
In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard
August 5, 2016 – February 20, 2017

This exhibition from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery features Leonard’s iconic images of jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, and Sarah Vaughan.

Portrait Gallery
100 Years of America's National Park Service: Preserve, Enjoy, Inspire
August 4, 2016 – August 2017

The National Park Service turns 100 this year! To celebrate, the National Park Service has teamed up with the National Museum of Natural History to present over 50 images by award-winning photographers, showcasing America's national parks.

Natural History Museum
Laughing Matters
July 22, 2016 – January 31, 2017

Artifacts from two famous comediennes—Carol Burnett and Phyllis Diller—and Miss Piggy herself take center stage in a display that examines how comedy can express contemporary concerns.

American History Museum
Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Gloves and Helmet
July 20, 2016 – July 2017

In commemoration of the 47th anniversary of the first moon landing, Neil Armstrong’s lunar extravehicular gloves and helmet are on display for the first time since 2012.

Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center

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