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Sotatsu: Making Waves Sotatsu: Making Waves
October 24, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Making Waves is the first in-depth examination of this major Japanese artist. The exhibition convenes for the first time more than seventy of Sotatsu’s masterpieces from collections in Japan, Europe, and the United States, along with homage pieces by later artists that demonstrate his long-ranging influence.

Sackler Gallery
Billy Strayhorn: A Lush Life Billy Strayhorn: A Lush Life
October 2, 2015 – January 18, 2016

This Archives Center case commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of William “Billy” Strayhorn on November 29, 1915. Drawn from several collections in the Archives Center, it examines the pros and cons of his musical partnership with Duke Ellington as well as his career apart from Ellington.

American History Museum
The Modern Pueblo Paintings of Awa Tsireh The Modern Pueblo Paintings of Awa Tsireh
September 4, 2015 – January 31, 2016

The paintings of Awa Tsireh (1898-1955), also known by his Spanish name, Alfonso Roybal, represent an encounter between the art traditions of native Pueblo peoples in the Southwestern United States and the American modernist art style begun in New York, which spread quickly across the country.

American Art Museum
Recognize: Roberto Clemente Recognize: Roberto Clemente
August 25, 2015 – November 1, 2015

The museum’s historians and curators selected three players’ portraits for the public to choose from: Roberto Clemente, Babe Ruth or Sandy Koufax. Thousands of votes were cast on Smithsonianmag.com, and Charles “Teenie” Harris’ photograph of Clemente received the most votes for dipslay.

Portrait Gallery
Black Box: Sergio Caballero Black Box: Sergio Caballero
August 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016

The exhibition consists of a single 25-minute film, “Ancha es Castilla” or “N’importe quoi” (2014). These titles loosely translate to “Anything Goes” and “Whatever,” among other renderings, but the artist prefers not to provide translations.

Hirshhorn Museum
Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1914-1971) Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1914-1971)
August 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016

This exhibition of nearly 20 works from the museum’s collection follows Italian contributions to the transnational evolution of abstraction, through movements and tendencies such as futurism, spatialism, op art, and kinetic art.

Hirshhorn Museum
Little Black Books: Address Books from the Archives of American Art Little Black Books: Address Books from the Archives of American Art
August 7, 2015 – November 1, 2015

This exhibition showcases a selection of personal address books of influential American artists, from Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner to Joseph Cornell and Ad Reinhardt. Like diaries, these pocket-sized books, their dog-eared pages grimy with tangled ink and pencil marks, reveal much about their owners.

Archives of American Art
Above and Beyond Above and Beyond
August 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Above and Beyond celebrates the power of innovation. Packed with interactive challenges; vehicle concept models and prototypes; immersive media presentations; and inspiring innovator stories, this exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make impossible dreams take flight.

Air and Space Museum
Art of the Gift: Recent Aquisitions Art of the Gift: Recent Aquisitions
July 25, 2015 – December 13, 2015

Art of the Gift celebrates some of the recent and promised gifts made to the museums and archives. Objects on view range from centuries-old Buddhist sculptures from Japan, Southeast Asia, and Tibet to lacquer ware and contemporary photography from Iran.

Sackler Gallery
The Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990-2015 The Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990-2015
July 20, 2015 – December 17, 2015

As part the Smithsonian's commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this display features objects from the national collections that capture the significance and legacy of the ADA through the stories of four people.

American History Museum
Abbas Kiarostami: Five Dedicated to Ozu Abbas Kiarostami: Five Dedicated to Ozu
July 3, 2015 – September 13, 2015

From July to September 2015, the Freer|Sackler features a series of programs highlighting contemporary moving-image works from Iran. Presented as a single-screen projection, Five pays tribute to Yasujir? Ozu, the renowned Japanese filmmaker whose work has deeply influenced Kiarostami’s films.

Sackler Gallery
Mr. Wizard Mr. Wizard
July 1, 2015 – October 2, 2015

Personal papers, files and other items belonging to the late Don Herbert—Mr. Wizard—the well-known TV science educator from the 1950s-80s, recently acquired by the museum, are on display.

American History Museum
Lego American Flag Lego American Flag
July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

As part of our Innovation wing opening day celebration, visitors to the museum (with the help of Lego Master Builders) built an American flag out of Lego. And not just any flag: it's constructed with 156,000 bricks and is the largest Lego American flag ever built!

American History Museum
Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art
June 28, 2015 – January 3, 2016

This exhibition features 37 paintings, ceramics, woodblock-printed books, and lacquers by Korin, his brother Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743), and later artists inspired by the brilliant simplicity of Rinpa design. It is complemented by a gallery of tea ceramics influenced by Hon'ami Koetsu, Sotatsu's principal collaborator.

Freer Gallery
Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio
June 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Provocations is the first museum exhibition to introduce the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio to an American audience. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, infrastructure and temporary structures, such as the U.K. Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, to, most recently, large-scale architecture projects around the world.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren (1626-1705) Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren (1626-1705)
June 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Born a prince of the Ming imperial house, Bada Shanren (1626–1705) lived a storied life, remaking himself as a secluded Buddhist monk and, later, as a professional painter and calligrapher. Featured in this exhibition are examples of his most daring and idiosyncratic works, demonstrating his unique visual vocabulary.

Freer Gallery
Meryl McMaster: Second Self Meryl McMaster: Second Self
June 12, 2015 – December 11, 2015

Meryl McMaster (Cree) is an emerging artist from Ottawa, Ontario, whose work is comprised of visually stunning large-scale photography. This exhibition includes selections from “Second Self,” a playful but compelling series of portraits which engage with self-perception and constructed identity.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
EV1 Electric Car EV1 Electric Car
June 10, 2015 – December 31, 2015

The EV1 was the first modern electric car designed for a mass market. Beginning in 1996, General Motors built 1,117 of the cars and leased most of them to consumers in California, Arizona, and Georgia. The EV1 became the focal point of a national discussion about innovation and the promise of reducing air pollution and dependence on oil with electric cars.

American History Museum
Shirin Neshat: Facing History Shirin Neshat: Facing History
May 18, 2015 – September 20, 2015

In her mesmerizing films and photographs, Shirin Neshat (Iranian-American, b. Qazvin, 1957) examines the nuances of power and identity in the Islamic world—particularly in her native country of Iran, where she lived until 1975.

Hirshhorn Museum
How Posters Work How Posters Work
May 8, 2015 – November 15, 2015

Featuring nearly 125 works from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition shows how dozens of different designers—from prominent pioneers like Herbert Matter, Paul Rand, Philippe Apeloig and M/M Paris, to lesser-known makers—have mobilized principles of composition, perception, and storytelling to convey ideas and construct experiences.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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