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3-D Portrait of President Obama 3-D Portrait of President Obama
February 13, 2015 – February 16, 2015

In 2014, President Barack Obama became the first President to be scanned using 3-D technology. Data from the scan were used to create his portraits, and a 3-D printed bust will be on view for Presidents Day weekend Friday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Portrait Gallery
"Cracked Plate" Photograph of Lincoln
February 12, 2015 – February 16, 2015

For just five days, the museum will display the original print of the “cracked plate” portrait of Abraham Lincoln. This photograph by Alexander Gardner is one of the most haunting portraits of any president.

Portrait Gallery
Artists at Work Artists at Work
February 4, 2015 – May 1, 2015

This juried show, the Smithsonian Community Committees’s fourth, pan-Institutional art exhibition, underscores the often hidden talents within the Smithsonian community. A panel of three outside jurors selected 56 artists, from 23 different units, from more than 170 entries.

Ripley Center
Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty
January 24, 2015 – April 26, 2015

Thousands of live orchids and the opportunity to explore how new ideas, technologies, and inventions change the way we study, protect, and enjoy these beautiful plants.

Natural History Museum
Portrait of Stephen Colbert Portrait of Stephen Colbert
December 20, 2014 – April 20, 2015

In recognition of the end of Stephen Colbert’s decade-long persona for Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, the museum has borrowed Colbert’s portrait, which was created for the final season of the show.

Portrait Gallery
Beautiful Users Beautiful Users
December 12, 2014 – April 26, 2015

Beautiful Users introduces visitors to one of the fundamental changes in design thinking over the past half-century: the shift toward designs based on observations of human anatomy and behavior.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
First 3-D Printed Presidential Life Mask and Bust First 3-D Printed Presidential Life Mask and Bust
December 2, 2014 – December 31, 2014

The first presidential portraits created from 3-D scan data are on display. The portraits of President Barack Obama were created based on data collected by a Smithsonian-led team of 3-D digital imaging specialists and include a digital and 3-D printed bust and life mask.

Smithsonian Castle
Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College
November 7, 2014 – March 1, 2015

Six murals by Atlanta-based artist Hale Woodruff for Talladega College, Alabama, trace the rise of African Americans from slavery to freedom.

American History Museum
The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art
October 31, 2014 – February 22, 2015

Explore how contemporary artists employ bird imagery as a conduit for understanding contemporary culture.

American Art Museum
Black Box: Ragnar Kjartansson Black Box: Ragnar Kjartansson
October 28, 2014 – April 19, 2015

At the 2013 Venice Biennale, Kjartansson took over a waterside post and assembled a floating concert with a brass band aboard a small, vintage-style wooden boat. What few knew at the time, however, was that the artist was filming the proceedings from a different perspective; the resulting footage is the core of "S.S. Hangover."

Hirshhorn Museum
2013 Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2013 Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards
October 24, 2014 – April 20, 2015

Witness nature and wildlife through the eyes of some of the most talented amateur and professional photographers in the world.

Natural History Museum
Days of Endless Time Days of Endless Time
October 16, 2014 – April 6, 2015

The galleries will be transformed into a compelling refuge where visitors enter a poetic, drifting, reflective realm that Jorge Luis Borges once characterized in a phrase, days of endless time…

Hirshhorn Museum
Richard Estes' Realism Richard Estes' Realism
October 10, 2014 – February 8, 2015

Explore the work of Richard Estes, the foremost practitioner of photorealism and premier painter of American cityscapes.

American Art Museum
Out of Many, One Out of Many, One
October 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014

Rodríguez-Gerada will use several images of people photographed in Washington, D.C., to create a composite portrait that will not only be an interactive walk-through experience for visitors but will also be viewable from the newly reopened Washington Monument and from space.

Portrait Gallery
Untitled: The Art of James Castle Untitled: The Art of James Castle
September 26, 2014 – February 1, 2015

View a sampling of the immense oeuvre of work by artist James Castle (1899-1977).

American Art Museum
A Day in the Life: Artists' Diaries from the Archives of American Art A Day in the Life: Artists' Diaries from the Archives of American Art
September 26, 2014 – February 28, 2015

Direct and private, diaries provide firsthand accounts of appointments made and met, places seen, and work in progress—all laced with personal ruminations, name-dropping, and the occasional sketch or doodle.

Archives of American Art
The Journey: A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25 The Journey: A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25
September 17, 2014 – January 5, 2015

Emerging artists showcase work that illuminates innovative viewpoints at the intersection of sustainability, creativity, and disability.

Ripley Center
Nasta'liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy Nasta'liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy
September 13, 2014 – May 3, 2015

More than 20 works focus on nasta'liq, a calligraphic script that developed in the 14th century in Iran and remains one of the most expressive forms of aesthetic refinement in Persian culture to this day.

Sackler Gallery
For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw
September 9, 2014 – February 15, 2015

Horace Poolaw's photographs celebrate his subjects’ place in American life and preserve an insider’s perspective on a world few outsiders are familiar with: the Native America of the Southern Plains during the mid-20th century.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Portraiture Now: Staging the Self Portraiture Now: Staging the Self
August 22, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Discover how Latino artists approach portraiture and how they contribute to telling the full American story.

Portrait Gallery