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ICE Meets Ice: International Cometary Explorer
July 11, 1986 – Closed

Discover a 1/10 scale model of NASA's ICE (International Cometary Explorer) satellite, which flew through the tail of the Giacobini-Zinner comet in September 1985.

Air and Space Museum
Air Traffic Control in the U.S.: The First 50 Years
July 6, 1986 – June 1, 1995

Examine the past, present, and future of air traffic control in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of air traffic control in the U.S.

Air and Space Museum
Ultra-Light Aircraft
July 5, 1986 – July 6, 1986

Visit eight of these lightweight craft, owned by members of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Air and Space Museum
Featured Object
July 1, 1986 – September 14, 1986

 View The Unveiling of the Statue of Liberty, a wall hanging by Katherine Westphal.

Renwick Gallery
Arrangement in Yellow and Gold
July 1, 1986 – March 15, 1987

Admire 57 oil paintings by James McNeill Whistler; and the sunny yellow of the gallery walls that re-creates the ambience of Whistler's own openings.

Freer Gallery
Embroidered Ship Portraits
June 3, 1986 – September 7, 1986

View some 50 embroidered "ship portraits", which, like scrimshaw, were the work of 19th-century sailors during slow times at sea. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Treasures of Hungary: Gold & Silver from the 9th to the 19th Century
May 20, 1986 – August 10, 1986

See some 70 gold and silver objects from the National Museum in Budapest and other Hungarian collections, including spectacular personal jewelry and adornments, elegant domestic tablewares, and major examples of ecclesiastical metalwork.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
QN -- the Time Traveler
May 19, 1986 – September 15, 1988

Visit a life-sized, radio-controlled replica of a large prehistoric "creature," a pterodactyl-like craft resembling the Quetzalcoatlus northropi, whose 35-foot-plus fossil remains were found in Texas in the early 1970s.

Air and Space Museum
Earth Views
May 8, 1986 – April 27, 1987

Take in a major juried art competition of views of the Earth from on high, or of various air and spacecraft used to view the Earth from above.

Air and Space Museum
A Human Ideal in African Art/Bamana Figurative Sculpture
April 30, 1986 – June 15, 1986

View 45 sculptures in an exhibition that explores and illustrates the traditional use of the human image in the art of the Mali's Bamana people.

African Art Museum
Bon Voyage: Design for Travel
April 29, 1986 – July 13, 1986

Explore some 200 objects, dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, that illustrate a range of design solutions for travel necessities and luxuries--suitcases and wardrobes, valises, trunks, collapsible and portable furniture, and personal accessories.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings: Building a Corporate Cathedral
April 26, 1986 – September 1, 1986

Admire two masterpieces of 20th-century architecture, the Johnson Wax Co.'s administration building (1936) and research tower (1943) in Racine, Wisconsin, documented by 22 original drawings and sketches from Wright's unpublished archives as well as photographs, correspondence, models, furniture, and a videotape of Wright discussing the buildings. 

Renwick Gallery
The Art of Turned Wood Bowls: The Edward Jacobson Collection
April 17, 1986 – September 28, 1986

See 90 examples of lathe-turned wood bowls in many styles and in a variety of woods, created by 21 American master turners in the past decade.

Renwick Gallery
Crafts from Vermont
April 10, 1986 – July 7, 1986

Admire and purchase the work of 24 artisans ranging from pewter to pottery, from collapsible wooden baskets to tapestry scarves and jackets. 

Renwick Gallery
Paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing
April 1, 1986 – September 5, 1988

Appreciate 19 paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing, an American artist best known for his graceful representations of women.

Freer Gallery
La Nijinska: A Dancer's Legacy
March 18, 1986 – July 6, 1986

Enjoy more than 150 objects relating to the life and career of Bronislava Nijinska (1891-1972), one of ballet's most influential choreographers. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Playing Cards
March 18, 1986 – May 25, 1986

Enjoy selections from more than 100 decks of cards from Western Europe, North America, and Asia that illustrate the variations in suits, the design of numbers and face cards, and the methods and materials used in making cards. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Toys from the Nuremberg Spielzeug Museum
March 4, 1986 – May 11, 1986

Delight in  more than 75 toys from Nuremberg, an important German toy-manufacturing center since the 14th century. See dolls and doll carriages, doll-houses and their furnishings, blocks, pop-up books, a model railroad, games, mechanical, and optical toys.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Wonders of Creation, Oddities of Existence: An Exhibition in Celebration of Halley's Comet
March 3, 1986 – October 1, 1986

See 21 paintings, 2 pieces of metalwork, and a ceramic bowl that examine Islamic attitudes toward the cosmos from the 13th through the 18th centuries.

Freer Gallery
Literary Themes in Japanese Art
February 14, 1986 – February 28, 1987

Observe 13 paintings that illustrate a variety of interpretations of themes from Japanese literature, ranging in date from the 13th to the 19th centuries.

Freer Gallery