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Winged Spirits: Birds in Chinese Painting Winged Spirits: Birds in Chinese Painting
February 11, 2012 – August 12, 2012

Often endowed with strong symbolic associations, examine birds in Chinese paintings that are rendered in such fine detail that more than 35 species can be scientifically identified.

Freer Gallery
IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas
February 9, 2012 – October 1, 2012

This exhibition explores the cultural integration and diffusion of African American and American Indian people, especially those of blended heritage.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out
February 4, 2012 – August 5, 2012

X-rays of some of the fish in the museum's collection reveal delicate and exquisite details and help scientists understand the evolutionary development of fish.

Natural History Museum
Dark Matters: Selections from the Collection Dark Matters: Selections from the Collection
February 3, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Dark Matters brings together works from the Hirshhorn’s collection that draw upon the associations and implications of darkness. The meanings of darkness are many, and throughout this exhibition, seeing in the dark involves questioning what you see.

Hirshhorn Museum
Memories Arrested in Space Memories Arrested in Space
January 28, 2012 – June 4, 2012

See family photographs, letters, writings, and scrapbooks related to artist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) to celebrate the centennial of his birth.

Archives of American Art
Hokusai: Japanese Screens Hokusai: Japanese Screens
January 28, 2012 – July 29, 2012

View a selection of important Hokusai painted folding screens.

Freer Gallery
Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty
January 27, 2012 – October 14, 2012

Learn about slavery in America through the lives of six slave families living at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello plantation.

American History Museum
Portrait of Alice Waters Portrait of Alice Waters
January 21, 2012 – November 30, 2012

See Dave Woody's portrait of chef Alice Waters, founder of the restaurant Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard and champion of the Slow Food Movement.

Portrait Gallery
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage
January 20, 2012 – May 20, 2012

The images in this collection chart a new direction for Annie Leibovitz, one of America's best known living photographers, whose career now spans more than 40 years.

American Art Museum
Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012 Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012
January 14, 2012 – January 13, 2013

See artwork and artifacts tracing the 100-year history of Marine Corps aviation.

Air and Space Museum
Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of Quileute Wolves Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of Quileute Wolves
January 13, 2012 – May 9, 2012

See rare artworks and objects from the Quileute Nation that create a public forum for clarifying misconceptions and offering authentic interpretations of wolf mythology.

American Indian Museum
Juliette Gordon Low and the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts Juliette Gordon Low and the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts
January 13, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Celebrate the centennial of the Girl Scouts of the United States, founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. The Girl Scouts has grown from 18 members in 1912 to 3.3 million today.

Portrait Gallery
The Beautiful Time: Photography by Sammy Baloji The Beautiful Time: Photography by Sammy Baloji
January 7, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Sammy Baloji’s images introduces viewers to an important conversation taking place in Africa today about postcolonial history, urbanization, and the aspirations of 21st-century Africans.

Natural History Museum
Black Box: Ali Kazma Black Box: Ali Kazma
December 19, 2011 – May 13, 2012

See clerks stamping documents at breakneck speed in O.K., Ali Kazma's U.S. museum debut.

Hirshhorn Museum
<em>Artuaré</em> and <em>Conversations in the Contemporary</em> Artuaré and Conversations in the Contemporary
December 12, 2011 – April 29, 2012

See installations created by artist Steven Cumming and multimedia production studio CreativeJunkfood that are influenced by cultural expression found in schools, churches, community organizations, and other venues in the public sphere.

Anacostia Community Museum
AirCraft: The Jet as Art AirCraft: The Jet as Art
November 25, 2011 – November 25, 2012

Jeffery Milstein's supersized images of aircraft in flight transform aviation technology into fine art.

Air and Space Museum
Perspectives: Minouk Lim Perspectives: Minouk Lim
November 19, 2011 – April 22, 2012

South Korean performance artist Minouk Lim used a thermal imaging camera to produce the video The Weight of Hands, which was in response to issues raised by one of the largest construction projects in South Korea's history.

Sackler Gallery
Recent Acquisitions Recent Acquisitions
November 18, 2011 – November 4, 2012

See 40 new objects the museum acquired from 2007 to 2011.

Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Artist: Photographers as Donors
November 18, 2011 – February 29, 2012

Images donated by 15 contemporary documentary photographers reveal the diversity of the Archives Center's photographic collection.

American History Museum
Stamps of Approval Stamps of Approval
November 15, 2011 – April 29, 2012

See eight objects featured in the U.S. Postal Service's Pioneers of American Industrial Design series of Forever stamps.

Smithsonian Castle