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Fire and Ice (Comet Art)
October 24, 1985 – March 31, 1986

Discover iconographic representations of comets through drawings, paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and sculptures, ranging from ancient Babylonian clay tablets to a 20th-century Lalique hood ornament.

Air and Space Museum
Meisho-e: Famous Places of Japan
October 18, 1985 – February 9, 1986

Taking its name from the Japanese word for "pictures of famous places," visit an exhibition that includes some 18 examples of paintings, prints, drawings, and ceramics depicting renowned locations of the archipelago.

Freer Gallery
Leroy Grumman and the F-6F Hellcat
October 2, 1985 – July 4, 1988

See a newly-restored F-6F Hellcat, displayed on a simulated carrier deck, in this exhibition highlighting aircraft and spacecraft developed under the supervision of Leroy Grumman.

Air and Space Museum
The Modern Spirit: Glass from Finland
October 1, 1985 – January 5, 1986

See hundreds of examples in the first U.S. retrospective of 20th-century Finnish glass from 27 designers.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Islamic Metalwork from the Freer Collection
September 27, 1985 – November 9, 1986

Admire 37 intricately crafted examples of vessels, plates, ewers, weapons, and other objects in brass, silver, bronze, and gold that explore the technical and aesthetic development of metalwork in the Islamic world from the 7th-8th through the 17th centuries.

Freer Gallery
Discovery Theater: Past and Future
September 20, 1985 – June 30, 1986

See some 25 photographs portraying past and future productions featured at the Discovery Theater.

A&I
Paris Recorded: The Therese Bonney Collection
September 17, 1985 – December 8, 1985

View 141 photographs by an innovative American photo-journalist who worked in Paris in the 1920s. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
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