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Photographs of Afghanistan by Luke Powell
April 30, 1989 – October 31, 1989

See 17 color photographs of the land, the people, and the architecture of the land-locked, war-torn Asian nation, taken between 1974 and 1978 by artist, traveler, and amateur archaeologist Luke Powell.

Sackler Gallery
Sounding Forms: African Musical Instruments
April 26, 1989 – June 18, 1989

See 150 musical instruments made by a number of sub-Saharan African peoples, as well as art objects that depict musicians and their instruments.

African Art Museum
Bound to Vary: Billy Budd, Sailor (Hand-bound Copies of Billy Budd)
April 17, 1989 – July 30, 1989

See 16 uniquely bound editions of the book Billy Budd, Sailor by 19th-century American author Herman Melville, in a variety of artistic styles and techniques.

Renwick Gallery
Timur and the Princely Vision: Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century
April 16, 1989 – July 6, 1989

View some 160 artifacts and artworks that present the cultural achievements of Timur or Tamerlane, the Asian emperor whose military conquests reshaped the social, political, and cultural climate of large parts of Iran and Central Asia during the 15th century.

Sackler Gallery
The Boat Show: Fantastic Vessels, Fictional Voyages
April 7, 1989 – August 6, 1989

See 18 three-dimensional "boats" made of glass, wood, hay, and other materials by 16 contemporary American artists. 

Renwick Gallery
Gold of Africa: Jewelry and Ornaments from Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal
April 5, 1989 – August 28, 1989

View more than 200 objects of adornment and regalia worn by people of and royalty of West Africa.

African Art Museum
Ede/Memorial
April 1, 1989 – April 30, 1989

View the kinetic sculpture Church Ede by artist Sokari Douglas Camp.

African Art Museum
L'Art de Vivre: Decorative Arts and Designs in France 1789-1989
March 30, 1989 – July 16, 1989

View more than 400 objects--including ceramics, glass, silver, textiles, fashions, and furniture--from both public and private collections, that celebrate the Bicentennial of the French Revolution.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Calling All Stars
March 10, 1989 – Closed

View 7 aluminum paintings by contemporary artist Andreas Nottebahm exhibited in conjunction with the Albert Einstein Planetarium show Calling All Stars.

Air and Space Museum
Featured Object: "Javanese Mother and Child" by Paul Bogatay
March 1, 1989 – June 1, 1989

View a clay sculpture by the artist (1905-1972) created in 1936 when Americans were intrigued with exotic island cultures. 

Renwick Gallery
Finishing Touches: Silver and Silk
February 10, 1989 – April 16, 1989

Admire and purchase scarves, pins, brooches, and pendants made by leading U.S. craftspersons employing various media: silver, silk, wood, cotton, wool, or gold.

Renwick Gallery
Directions: Mel Chin
February 1, 1989 – April 23, 1989

A mixed-media installation and 3 recent sculptures by Mel Chin reflect the metaphysical concerns of this New York artist. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum: Training the Hand and Eye
January 24, 1989 – March 5, 1989

View 75 drawings, watercolors, and oil sketches--many of them never before exhibited--from the museum's collection of more than 7,000 drawings.  

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Inspiration: 1961-1989 (D.C. Art Association Show)
January 15, 1989 – March 5, 1989

See a retrospective exhibition featuring 62 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by 35 artists that celebrates the District of Columbia Art Association's 18th anniversary.

Anacostia Community Museum
Featured Object: Sterling Silver Beverage Pitcher by Frederick A. Miller
January 3, 1989 – February 28, 1989

Admire a sterling silver beverage pitcher made by American metalsmith Frederick A. Miller.  

Renwick Gallery
RAP Commissions Art in 1989
January 1, 1989 – April 30, 1989

See 16 serigraphs, lithographs, and posters commissioned by the Resident Associate Program since 1972, to celebrate Smithsonian Resident Associate and Washington-area occasions, and to help support RAP's outreach projects. 

Ripley Center
Purses, Pockets, Pouches
December 6, 1988 – March 5, 1989

Admire an exhibition that illustrates the textile techniques used to make purses, pockets, portfolios, and pouches, all drawn from the museum's collections. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Christmas Tree Decorated by Associates in 1988
December 5, 1988 – January 6, 1989

See the Christmas tree that features hand-crafted ornaments from the U.S. and abroad donated by the Smithsonian Associates over the last 16 years.

Ripley Center
Holiday Cone Tree
December 1, 1988 – January 3, 1989

Celebrate the holiday season with a festive display of seasonal greenery.

A&I
Threadworks: Miniature Textile Art
November 21, 1988 – April 11, 1989

Admire 47 contemporary examples of miniature fiber art works that incorporate a variety of techniques.

Ripley Center