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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
The Arts of South Asia
May 15, 1985 – December 1, 1985

See some 70 objects, ranging in date from the 2nd century B.C. through the 18th century, that offer a complete survey of the Freer's painting, sculpture, and decorative art from the Indian subcontinent. 

Freer Gallery
Duala Cameroon Boat
May 10, 1985 – June 20, 1985

See a dugout canoe model made by the Duala people of the Cameroon's coastal forests used  for sea fishing.

African Art Museum
Architecture in Silver
May 3, 1985 – July 29, 1985

Admire silver coffee and tea services designed by 11 internationally known architects, executed by Italian silversmiths.  

Renwick Gallery
Architects Design for the Tabletop
May 2, 1985 – August 25, 1985

Admire and purchase dinnerware, serving pieces, fabrics, and decorative accessories designed by such architects as Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, Robert Siegel, and Robert Venturi.  

Renwick Gallery
Dimensional Rapture
May 1, 1985 – June 16, 1985

See a mini-exhibition of 13 three-dimensional works created from "found objects" by members of a local art sorority, Eta Phi Sigma.

Anacostia Community Museum
Material Evidence: New Color Techniques in Handmade Furniture
April 26, 1985 – September 22, 1985

View 23 pieces of handcrafted furniture created by 19 contemporary woodworkers who were invited to explore the design possibilities of Formica Corporation's new solid color laminate, Colorcore. 

Renwick Gallery
The Glazed Ceramic Tradition of Seto and Mino Wares
April 26, 1985 – January 12, 1986

Follow the evolution of glazed wares in neighboring pottery districts during Japan's medieval period through a number of rare early pieces, as well as by representative Momoyama period (1568-1615) wares.  

Freer Gallery
African Masterpieces from the Musee de L'Homme
April 8, 1985 – June 9, 1985

View 100 world-renowned works of art from West and Central Africa, most of which have never been on display outside of France.

African Art Museum
Discovery Theater Art & Writing Contest Winners
April 1, 1985 – September 19, 1985

View more than 30 paintings, drawings, stories, and poems selected from over 4,500 entries submitted by Washington area students in the Discovery Theater Art and Writing Contests.

A&I
Old Master Prints from the Wallerstein Collection
March 5, 1985 – May 26, 1985

Enjoy 120 prints, including works by Durer, Rembrandt, and Schongauer, in an exhibition organized by 3 institutions that were beneficiaries of donations by Leo Wallerstein and his heirs. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
N'Debele Beadwork
March 1, 1985 – April 30, 1985

View articles--mostly aprons--incorporating the striking geometric designs created by women of southern African villages.

African Art Museum
The Four Continents
February 19, 1985 – May 12, 1985

See works in pottery, porcelain, metal, glass, ivory, and horn as well as drawings and prints--all fanciful images of the continents--selected from the James Hazen Hyde collection in the Cooper-Hewitt and other museums.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Cut Paper
February 12, 1985 – May 12, 1985

View more than 150 examples of cut and pin-pricked paper, dating from the 17th century to the present, drawn mainly from the Cooper-Hewitt collection in this international exhibition.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Ming Dynasty Calligraphy and Painting
February 8, 1985 – September 2, 1985

View 25 hand and hanging scrolls executed by 40 artists of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) that present comparisons between calligraphy and painting.

Freer Gallery
The Preservation of the Wright Flyer
February 8, 1985 – June 13, 1985

The Wright brothers' Flyer, usually on view in Milestones of Flight, is being restored, in the first extensive work to be done on the Flyer since Orville Wright prepared it for exhibition in 1916.

Air and Space Museum
Chinese Gold and Silver from the Tang Dynasty
February 5, 1985 – April 21, 1985

See more than 70 masterworks, selected from American collections, created between 618 and 907 A.D., a "Golden Age" marked by growth and prosperity and the opening of China's doors to the outside world. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Fabled Cloth: Batik from Java's North Coast
January 29, 1985 – April 28, 1985

See approximately 60 batiks dating from about 1850 through the 1940s that illustrate the international influences on this traditional Indonesian art form.  

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Fanfare, Part III (19th- and 20th-Century Fans)
January 25, 1985 – July 21, 1985

View 30 19th- and 20th-century fans from the NMAA collection, including examples of Chinese Export, hand screens, lace, and painted styles. This is the final segment of a 3-part exhibition.

Renwick Gallery