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Praise Poems: The Katherine White Collection
October 31, 1984 – February 24, 1985

View a major exhibition including 50 objects, primarily figural sculptures and masks from major cultural regions in West and Central Africa.

African Art Museum
Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds
October 21, 1984 – June 30, 1985

See photographs, artifacts, a slide show, and films that examine the contributions of 113 American black women in such areas as government, education, fine arts, civil rights, medicine, law, and industry.

Anacostia Community Museum
Autumn Colors
October 19, 1984 – December 14, 1984

View 25 screens, scrolls, lacquerware, and ceramics from the Kamakura and Edo periods that bring together the colors--sometimes bright, sometimes subtle--that Japanese artists have used to describe a variety of autumnal subjects.

Freer Gallery
Energy Awareness Week
October 19, 1984 – October 28, 1984

See some 20 mini-exhibits from government agencies and private entities on various aspects of energy.

Air and Space Museum
Objects of Adornment: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore
October 16, 1984 – January 6, 1985

Enjoy 213 jewelry pieces ranging from simple stone amulets of the ancient Near East to the elaborate 20th-century creations of Lalique and Tiffany.  

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Chicago Furniture: Art, Craft, and Industry, 1833-1983
October 12, 1984 – April 7, 1985

See 165 pieces of furniture and smaller decorative objects that document the contributions made by Chicago furniture designers and manufacturers to the artistic and cultural development of the U.S.  

Renwick Gallery
Traditional Architecture of Saudi Arabia
October 10, 1984 – November 7, 1984

See 22 graphite drawings by Syrian architectural historian/artist Professor Wahbi Al-Hariri-Rifai that document diversity of architectural styles, building materials, and geographic regions in Saudi Arabia today.

Smithsonian Castle
Bats on Exhibit
October 1, 1984 – December 31, 2009

Hang out with some 15 bats of 3 species -- Big Fruit, Short-tailed, and Hammerhead -- in this recently opened exhibit. 

National Zoo
John Olson: Concepts for Space
September 27, 1984 – January 2, 1985

View 21 watercolors by American artist/engineer John Olson, who works at Boeing to create concepts for future space stations, satellites, heavy launch vehicles, and other space craft.

Air and Space Museum
The Art of Robert McCall
September 26, 1984 – August 5, 1985

View a major retrospective of Robert McCall highlighting his visionary paintings of cities of the future, his work on the movies 2001, The Black Hole, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and his career illustrating books and magazines.

Air and Space Museum
The Americanization of California Missions: George Sims Collection
September 14, 1984 – November 6, 1984

Some 15 objects and illustrations tracing the California Missions from their origins as Christian missions and colonial posts to modern symbols of history and romance.

American History Museum
American Politics and the Presidency
September 7, 1984 – November 4, 1984

Admire and purchase mostly one-of-a-kind objects, conveying some 20 artists' conceptions of past, present, and future politics, as well as presidents both real and imagined.

Renwick Gallery
Golden Lion Tamarin Project
September 1, 1984 – November 30, 1984

See photographs, text, and objects used by field biologists who are captive rearing this endangered species and re-introducing it to Brazil's tropical rain forests.

National Zoo
Aviation Anniversaries: 1934, The Watershed Year in Air Transportation
September 1, 1984 – January 15, 1985

Examine models of a Sikorsky S-42 and a Douglas DC-2, aircraft considered to be far superior to their antecedents.

Air and Space Museum
Patterns and Forms in African Art
August 20, 1984 – September 16, 1984

See some 30 works examining pattern and form in four sections: body painting and body scarification; "Decorated Form," illustrating the way in which African artists shape household objects; ritual uses and qualities; and pattern in textiles.

African Art Museum
Damask
August 14, 1984 – November 4, 1984

View a selection of historic and contemporary silk, linen, and wool fabrics in damask weave. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Design in the Service of Tea
August 8, 1984 – October 28, 1984

Appreciate more than 200 examples of tea-related designs--teapots, hot water urns, sugar bowls, caddies, spoons, infusers, and cream jugs--as well as furniture and graphics, that provide a chronological and thematic overview of the impact of tea drinking on design. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Masterpieces of Chinese Painting
August 3, 1984 – February 3, 1985

View 30 important paintings--hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, album leaves--from the Sung (960-1279) through the Ch'ing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Freer Gallery
Smokey Bear's New Honey Tree
August 1, 1984 – August 31, 1984

Marvel at an automated honey- and berry-dispensing tree constructed to mark the 40th anniversary of Smokey's becoming the symbol for prevention of forest fires.  

National Zoo
The Baltimore Clay Works
August 1, 1984 – September 3, 1984

Admire and purchase functional pottery created by 12 artists whose individual approaches produce works in a range of styles. 

Renwick Gallery