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Nomads and Nobility: Art of the Ancient Near East
September 28, 1987 – October 26, 1992

View over 100 gold, silver, other metalware, and ivory objects from the Sackler gift, including many silver vessels such as animal-shaped rhytons and silver-and-gilt pouring vessels, or ewers.

Sackler Gallery
Temple Sculpture of South and Southeast Asia
September 28, 1987 – August 20, 1990

View 8 sculptures in bronze, schist, and granite from India, Indonesia, Cambodia, and present day Pakistan dating from the 3rd to the 14th centuries.

Sackler Gallery
Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Imagery
September 28, 1987 – August 20, 1990

See 10 sculptures in gilt, bronze, stone, and jade dating from the 2nd to the 11th centuries.

Sackler Gallery
In Praise of Ancestors: Ritual Objects from China
September 28, 1987 – January 2, 1989

View bronzes and neolithic jade from the Sackler gift, including 2 bronze vessels showing how naturalistic forms could be adapted to abstract interpretations; a dramatic graduated set of 6 bronze bells; and a silk manuscript, which is one of the most famous early Chinese documents known.

Sackler Gallery
Pavilions and Immortal Mountains: Chinese Decorative Art and Painting
September 28, 1987 – August 31, 1988

See over 200 jades, painting, lacquerware, and furniture from the Sackler gift, including Chinese paintings in three formats--hanging scrolls, handscrolls and album leaves--, and 16 articles of Chinese furniture from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Sackler Gallery
Persian and Indian Paintings: Selections from a Recent Acquisition (The Vever Collection)
September 28, 1987 – February 29, 1988

See 15 examples of painting and calligraphy from the Vever collection that offer a sampling of the collection of nearly 500 Islamic paintings and manuscripts that disappeared in the 1940s and remained unaccounted for until it was purchased by the museum.

Sackler Gallery
Sales Exhibition: Crafts from West Virginia
September 1, 1987 – September 27, 1987

Admire and purchase crafts from West Virginia , including quilts, pottery, baskets, and other craft objects. 

Renwick Gallery
First Ladies' Gowns
September 1, 1987 – January 1, 1990

On view are gowns worn by First Ladies Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lady Bird Johnson, Patricia Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, and Nancy Reagan.

American History Museum
Out of Africa
August 1, 1987 – January 6, 1989

View a poster panel exhibition of photographs, illustrations, text, and quotations from contemporary publications, that trace the passage from West Africa to America, and back to West Africa.

Anacostia Community Museum
Video Interview of Artists from Contemporary Visual Expressions
August 1, 1987 – October 11, 1987

View a videotape showing artists from the Contemporary Visual Expressions exhibition (recently closed), speaking about their art and themselves.

Anacostia Community Museum
Art Display
July 31, 1987 – July 31, 1987

View works by young people, ages 9-12, including linoleum block printing, silk screening, and collage construction, created during the Creative Arts Workshop July 6-31.

Anacostia Community Museum
Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947-1987 (SVA)
July 28, 1987 – November 8, 1987

View approximately 40 posters commemorating the 40th anniversary of the School of Visual Arts (SVA), the country's largest art school. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Art Nouveau Bing: The Paris Style 1900
July 21, 1987 – October 11, 1987

See some 200 prints, posters, decorative art objects, and furniture are used to explore the international influence of Siegfried Bing (1838-1905), one of the earliest supporters of Art Nouveau.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Lollipops and Launch Pads: Children's Space Art
July 2, 1987 – November 22, 1987

See how kindergarten children from Orange County, California schools view space exploration through drawings and paintings.

Air and Space Museum
America's Space Truck: The Space Shuttle
July 2, 1987 – May 15, 1997

Trace the history of the space shuttle program's 24 missions through photographs and models.

Air and Space Museum
Robert Adam and Kedleston:The Making of a Neo-Classical Masterpiece
June 30, 1987 – September 20, 1987

Study some 80 architectural drawings by Robert Adam, Michael Henry Spang, William Collins, and others.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Dan Dailey: Glass, 1972-1987
June 26, 1987 – October 25, 1987

Admire 42 vases, sculptures, lamps, wall reliefs, tripod assemblies, and distorted vessels as well as 9 related drawings by the artist, who works with hardened plate glass and blown glass. 

Renwick Gallery
Into the Sunlit Splendor: The Art of William S. Phillips
June 19, 1987 – January 31, 1988

See 40 paintings and drawings by the contemporary artist, from WWII airplanes to the Space Shuttle, and the landscapes surrounding them.

Air and Space Museum
Safe and Secure: Keys and Locks
June 9, 1987 – October 18, 1987

Discover some 225 pieces, including embellished locks and keys, and a chronology of key and lock development and use, styles and symbolism.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
The Fishes of the Mississippi River
June 1, 1987 – August 30, 1988

Visit the fishes of the Mississippi River - paddlefish, bowfin, short-nosed gar, shovel-nose sturgeon, large-mouth bass, sunfish, flat-head catfish, and others.

National Zoo