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Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the 1980s
April 28, 1989 – August 13, 1989

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography with these 185 non-traditional contemporary works by 90 artists.

American Art Museum
Sounding Forms: African Musical Instruments
April 26, 1989 – June 18, 1989

See 150 musical instruments made by a number of sub-Saharan African peoples, as well as art objects that depict musicians and their instruments.

African Art Museum
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
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
Thomas Eakins Photographs: A Selection from the Permanent Collection
March 21, 1989 – June 26, 1989

Honoring the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography, this exhibition includes 43 photographs of motion studies, people, nudes, and Arcadian scenes by the 19th-century realist painter Thomas Eakins.

Hirshhorn Museum
Recent Acquisitions, 1986-1988
March 15, 1989 – May 14, 1989

Artists Milton Avery, Magdalena Jetelova, Tony Cragg, Philip Guston, Martin Puryear, and Stuart Davis are represented in this overview of modern works acquired by the museum as gifts or purchases since 1986. 

Hirshhorn 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
Iroquois Beadwork
February 21, 1989 – June 1, 1989

Trace the history of Iroquois beadwork from the introduction of glass beads in the mid-1700s to the present time. 

Natural History 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
Flora of Southern Africa
February 5, 1989 – April 30, 1989

See over 30 botanical plates by watercolorist Elise Bodley for a book on the botany of southern Africa.  

Natural History Museum