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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
Isamu Noguchi Portrait Sculpture
April 15, 1989 – August 20, 1989

Take in 30 portrait sculptures by the Japanese-American artist, who died in January 1989. Primarily known for his large abstract sculptures, the artist also created many portraits of significant Americans between 1924 and 1950.

Portrait Gallery
Jonathan Scott Hartley's Sculpture of Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre
April 10, 1989 – Permanant

The sculpture of Daguerre, the French pioneer of photography, is reinstalled to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography.

Portrait 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
On Watch: Benton and the U.S. Navy
April 1, 1989 – April 30, 1989

Take in 15 World War II-era paintings and drawings by American artist Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) that capture the intensity of life aboard a submarine and in a bustling wartime ship-building yard.

American 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, Smithsonian 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
The First Federal Congress: 1789-1791
March 2, 1989 – July 23, 1989

Celebrate the bicentennary of the first Congress, through portraits of significant members, their loved ones, and certain constituents who had cause to petition the legislature.

Portrait Gallery
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
Recent Acquisition: Beauford Delaney: "Can Fire in the Park"
March 1, 1989 – March 3, 1989

See a colorful yet somber painting depicts an urban scene of men in a park at night standing around a trashcan fire.

American Art Museum
The Art of Paul Manship
February 17, 1989 – July 23, 1989

Enjoy a variety of work by Paul Manship--approximately 120 sculptures, medals, and works on paper drawn from holdings which the artist bequeathed to American Art.

American Art Museum
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
William Hawkins: "Food Bar"
February 1, 1989 – February 28, 1989

Visit an enamel-on-panel painting called Food Bar (1980) by the self-taught Afro-American artist.

American Art Museum
Recent Acquisitions (1989)
January 28, 1989 – September 5, 1989

Visit 50 sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs, including portraits of such well-known figures as Julia Westray Wood (by Rembrandt Peale), Senator William Pitt Fessenden of Maine, John Barrymore, Igor Stravinsky, Ezra Pound, and Alexander Calder.

Portrait Gallery
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, Smithsonian 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