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Soup to Nuts
February 10, 1986 – April 6, 1986

Admire and purchase unique but functional table-top service pieces, including bowls, casseroles, platters, tureens, pitchers, goblets, and placemats, created in a variety of materials by some 25 craftspeople from all over the country.

Renwick Gallery
Directions 1986
February 6, 1986 – March 30, 1986

This exhibition is the fourth in the Directions series launched by the museum in 1979 as a showcase for new works by contemporary artists.

Hirshhorn Museum
Chinese Bird-and-Flower Paintings
February 1, 1986 – June 29, 1986

Admire 30 album leaves and hanging and hand scrolls from the 12th-19th centuries, depicting mythical, imaginary, and realistic birds as well as a colorful array of flowers.

Freer Gallery
Landscapes and Famous Places
February 1, 1986 – November 30, 1987

See a dozen Japanese screens, made between the 17th and 19th centuries, that depict landscapes and places in Japan that are well-known for their scenic, literary, religious, or historical significance.

Freer Gallery
The Rising of a New Moon: A Century of Tabwa Art
January 29, 1986 – March 17, 1986

View approximately 80 carved ancestral figures, masks, musical instruments, and utilitarian objects that present the work of the Tabwa people of southeastern Zaire and northeastern Zambia.

African Art Museum
Memphis/Milano
January 21, 1986 – April 13, 1986

See examples of the work of the international consortium, Memphis: design and architectural drawings, furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting fixtures, textiles, graphics, and architectural models.  

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Garden Potteries and Offical Kilns: Clan-sponsored Ceramics in the Edo Period
January 17, 1986 – November 2, 1986

Observe 38 pieces of ceramics made under the direct sponsorship of feudal lords, a little-known aspect of Japan's ceramic production during the Edo period (1615-1868)

Freer Gallery
Voyager Encounters Uranus
January 17, 1986 – January 1, 1987

Monitor live-TV images of the black-ringed planet Uranus and its 5 moons as seen by the robot spacecraft Voyager 2 on its fly-by during January and February.

Air and Space Museum
1986: A Year for Space Science: Comet Halley
January 1, 1986 – December 18, 1986

Visit these small installations that include a videotape of Comet Halley.

Air and Space Museum
Masterpieces of Time: Clocks by Wendell Castle
December 24, 1985 – May 4, 1986

View 13 floor-standing clocks of exotic woods with inlays of sterling silver and mother-of-pearl. All are sculptural and decorative; several recall French art deco furniture of the 1920s and 30s, while others are more whimsical. 

Renwick Gallery
Advertising America
December 17, 1985 – March 9, 1986

Examine over 150 print and television advertisements organized into such themes as At Work, At Home, At Leisure, and On the Road in an exhibition that illustrates how advertising influences, and, conversely, reflects social change.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Christmas Tree Decorated by Associates in 1985
December 7, 1985 – January 2, 1986

See holiday decorations in the Great Hall including the Christmas tree decorated with handcrafted ornaments made locally, and collected from the U.S. and abroad.

Smithsonian Castle
Go Well, My Child: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee in Collaboration with Alan Paton
November 26, 1985 – January 5, 1986

View 80 black-and-white prints by Constance Stuart Larrabee, an American photographer born in South Africa, with captions from the classic novel Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton.

African Art Museum
After the Revolution: Everyday Life in America, 1780-1800
November 18, 1985 – March 3, 2002

This exhibition illuminates the communities and the lives of several well-documented families in the 1780s and 1790s -- the first generation of people to live in the newly created United States of America.

American History Museum
Treasures from the Land: 12 New Zealand Craftsmen and Their Native Materials
November 15, 1985 – March 9, 1986

See 70 works by New Zealand craftsmen including woven hangings of natural wool, carved and painted gourds, sculptural ceramic vessels, Maori feather capes, a carved ceremonial doorway, and delicate jewelry of inlaid woods, precious metals, and minerals. 

Renwick Gallery
At Home on the Road: Autocamping, Motels & the Rediscovery of America
November 15, 1985 – January 11, 1987

Learn how highway travel became a form of entertainment in the first half of the 20th century.

American History Museum
History, Context and Materials: Objects from the Permanent Collection
November 12, 1985 – January 5, 1986

See 40 objects that demonstrate three areas of study in the field of African art: some objects were selected because they can be attributed; some objects were chosen for their content and are displayed with field photographs to show them in context; the third group illustrates the various materials and processes used to create traditional African art.

African Art Museum
Scholar-Painters of the Nanga School
November 8, 1985 – February 28, 1987

Visit 16 hand scrolls, hanging scrolls, and screens by Japanese painters  of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Freer Gallery
The Golden Eye: An International Tribute to the Artisans of India
November 5, 1985 – February 23, 1986

Take in a major exhibition of crafts and products devised in collaboration between traditional artisans of India and world-famous designers from Europe and America. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Contemporary Crafts from the Empire State
October 24, 1985 – January 31, 1986

Admire and purchase desks and serving accessories, perfume bottles, jewelry, and textiles created by 24 members of the Empire State Crafts Alliance, New York.

Renwick Gallery