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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
From the Hand of Mani: Iranian Paintings from the Freer
January 19, 1985 – April 28, 1985

See 32 pages representing the Freer's finest Iranian manuscripts that show the development of an Iranian idiom in manuscript painting between the 14th and 16th centuries.

Freer Gallery
1905 - 1985: 80 Years of Aerospace History
January 16, 1985 – June 30, 1985

See 10 photographs portraying great events in aerospace history, including the flight of the 1st seaplane, the 1st spacewalk (by a Russian), and the 1stAmerican spacewalk.

Air and Space Museum
Affordable Frills
January 10, 1985 – April 28, 1985

Admire and purchase jewelry created by 20 contemporary American craftsmen -- necklaces, pins, and earrings made of silk, plastic, glass, titanium, ceramic, and silver. 

Renwick Gallery
Japanese Calligraphy
December 21, 1984 – November 3, 1985

Visit 14 hanging and hand scrolls and album leaves that feature traditional styles of Japanese writing and cursive styles developed during the 8th through the 12th centuries.

Freer Gallery
Akan Funerary Commemorative Head
December 14, 1984 – April 14, 1985

See a head, a figurative pottery piece made by the Akan peoples of southern Ghana,  possibly used at the formal funeral of a member of royalty.

African Art Museum
Christmas Tree Decorated by Associates in 1984
December 9, 1984 – January 1, 1985

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
Aerial Firefighting
December 7, 1984 – Closed

Trace the history of aerial firefighting in the U.S. through more than 35 historical photographs and film footage of an actual mission that explain the important role of aircraft in the constant battle against wildfires.

Air and Space Museum
American Bison
December 1, 1984 – October 31, 2004

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the National Zoo again has an exhibition of American plains bison - two 1,500-pound females, aged 13 and 18 years. 

National Zoo
Early Flight: 1900-1911 (Wright's Photography Collection)
November 28, 1984 – December 30, 1984

Take in 56 photographs from the Wright brothers' personal photograph collection of their flying machine, many of which were taken by the brothers themselves,

Air and Space Museum
Embellished Calendars: An Illustrated History
November 20, 1984 – February 24, 1985

View more than 100 picture calendars, dating from the 13th century to the present, that show how their embellishment has been affected by changing tastes, styles, and technologies. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Focus on Flight: Four Decades of Aerial Photography (Rudy Arnold and Hans Groenhoff)
November 16, 1984 – September 2, 1985

View 100 photographs by Rudy Arnold and Hans Groenhoff, featuring record-setting events and aircraft in their surroundings, that portray aviation from the mid-1920s through the 1950s.

Air and Space Museum
The de Havilland DH-4 (from "Flaming Coffin" to Living Legend)
November 16, 1984 – June 30, 1985

This aircraft, the most used U.S. combat aircraft in World War I, was on view in the Arts and Industries Building for many years. Its recently completed restoration required over 4,000 man-hours.

Air and Space Museum
Kyoto Ceramics
November 15, 1984 – April 21, 1985

See 25 pieces of ceramic ware from Kyoto, characterized by witty design, refined workmanship, and colorful enamel decoration.

Freer Gallery
European Illustration: 1974-1984
November 13, 1984 – February 3, 1985

See more than 150 pieces of original artwork produced for use in books, magazines, advertising, and posters in Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Poland, and Russia.  

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Contemporary Crafts from Colorado
November 8, 1984 – January 6, 1985

Admire and purchase objects created by 27 members of the Colorado Artists and Craftsmen, including quilts, jewelry, ceramic and glass pieces, beading on canvas, needlework, batik, and woodwork. 

Renwick Gallery