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The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties
September 15, 1985 – December 31, 1986

See an exhibit that showcases the flowering of literary, visual, performance, and cinematic creativity generated by black artists between the end of World War I and the early days of the Great Depression.

Anacostia Community Museum
John Safer: Sculptor
September 12, 1985 – December 11, 1985

See 13 sleek, contemporary, minimalist sculptures by Washington, D.C., artist John Safer, known for his non- representational works in Lucite, brass, bronze, and granite.

Air and Space Museum
Ch'ing Dynasty Calligraphy and Painting
September 6, 1985 – February 2, 1986

 Visit approximately 30 masterpieces of China's Ch'ing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Freer Gallery
Sightseeing: A Space Panorama
September 6, 1985 – October 25, 1985

Admire NASA photographs, taken in space, compiled by Peter Riva during a summer workshop in Arles, France.

Air and Space Museum
Crossroads (Calder Gouache)
September 1, 1985 – September 30, 1985

Visit Alexander Calder's Crossroads , donated to NASM and displayed as part of RAP's 20th Anniversary.

Air and Space Museum
Our Cup of Tea: Contemporary Crafted Teapots, Cups and Spoons
August 29, 1985 – October 20, 1985

Admire and purchase works by 30 potters from across the country -- some decorative rather than functional, and in styles ranging from traditional to funky. 

Renwick Gallery
Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos
July 31, 1985 – October 14, 1985

View the diversity of art styles among the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria illustrated by more than 100 objects in this exhibition.

African Art Museum
Japanese Theater in the Edo Period
July 26, 1985 – October 14, 1985

See Kabuki and puppet theater performances that are the subjects of many of these paintings on hanging scrolls, hand-scrolls, screens, and wood-block prints, all of the Edo period (1615-1868). 

Freer Gallery
Second Great International Paper Airplane Contest Winners
July 24, 1985 – November 4, 1986

See the 40 winning entries in the Second Great International Paper Airplane Contest sponsored by NASM, Science 85 and Seattle's Museum of Flight, along with the paper airplane flown by Senator Jake Garn on a recent space shuttle mission.

Air and Space Museum
Reptiles from India
July 1, 1985 – August 31, 1985

See the Tokay gecko, gharial, king cobra, Indian pond turtle, Indian rat snake, purple-spotted pit viper, leopard gecko, star tortoise, Indian python, sand boas, and Indian cobras.  

National Zoo
Benjamin Franklin and the Colonial Posts
July 1, 1985 – December 3, 1985

American History Museum
Space Tools
June 21, 1985 – November 30, 1985

Visit a small exhibition featuring tools used in space missions.

Air and Space Museum
The Woven and Graphic Art of Anni Albers
June 12, 1985 – January 5, 1986

Celebrate the creativity of this German-born emigre with 106 works divided almost equally between her textiles and works on paper.

Renwick Gallery
Carnegie's Libraries: A Sesquicentennial Celebration
June 11, 1985 – September 5, 1985

Focus on the architectural impact of one of Andrew Carnegie's most significant philanthropies, the funding and construction of more than 2,500 free public libraries throughout the world, 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Wine: Celebration and Ceremony
June 4, 1985 – October 13, 1985

See more than 350 objects in a major exhibition that documents the impact of wine on the history of design.  

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Animals Native to India
June 1, 1985 – August 31, 1985

See animals from India throughout the zoo: Indian sarus, Indian elephant, Bengal tigers, leopards, Indian spot-bill duck, red (lesser) pandas, bintarong, sloth bears, lion-tailed macaque, Eld's deer, and hoopoe bird.

National Zoo
The Riza-i Abbasi Album (Masterpieces of Iranian Drawing)
June 1, 1985 – September 2, 1985

View  27 drawings, many of them signed and dated by or attributable to Riza-i Abbasi (also known as Aga Riza), acknowledged by art historians to have been among the greatest artists of Iran's Safavid empire (1502-1736).

Freer Gallery
Preview of Permanent Invertebrate Exhibition
May 23, 1985 – October 30, 1985

Visit 7 displays, each featuring a different type of creature. 

National Zoo
Timeless Sources: Rare Books in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum
May 21, 1985 – October 6, 1985

View selected volumes of illustrated rare books on design, chosen from the Cooper-Hewitt collection of more than 3,000 volumes dating from the 16th through the 20th centuries. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Chicago Furniture: Art, Craft and Industry, 1833-1983
May 21, 1985 – August 25, 1985

Examine 165 pieces of furniture and decorative objects in a survey of the major trends and innovations of furniture design and manufacture in Chicago.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum