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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
Rare Fossil Finds: 470 Million Year-Old Fossils from China
March 1, 1989 – June 1, 1989

The research case features rare 470-million-year-old fossils from China. 

Natural History Museum
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
Directions: Mel Chin
February 1, 1989 – April 23, 1989

A mixed-media installation and 3 recent sculptures by Mel Chin reflect the metaphysical concerns of this New York artist.

Hirshhorn Museum
Daniel Buren Works
February 1, 1989 – April 23, 1989

See a site-specific installation by the French artist, who uses striped forms. 

Hirshhorn Museum
William Hawkins: "Food Bar"
February 1, 1989 – February 28, 1989

Visit an enamel-on-panel painting called Food Bar (1980) by the self-taught Afro-American artist.

American Art Museum
Recent Acquisitions (1989)
January 28, 1989 – September 5, 1989

Visit 50 sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs, including portraits of such well-known figures as Julia Westray Wood (by Rembrandt Peale), Senator William Pitt Fessenden of Maine, John Barrymore, Igor Stravinsky, Ezra Pound, and Alexander Calder.

Portrait Gallery
Flowers from the Royal Gardens of Kew: Two Centuries of Curtis's Botanical Magazine
January 26, 1989 – April 30, 1989

Enjoy 76 original watercolors from the collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens and a related assortment of 30 engraved and lithographic prints, portraits and related memorabilia. 

Natural History Museum
Drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum: Training the Hand and Eye
January 24, 1989 – March 5, 1989

View 75 drawings, watercolors, and oil sketches--many of them never before exhibited--from the museum's collection of more than 7,000 drawings.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Inspiration: 1961-1989 (D.C. Art Association Show)
January 15, 1989 – March 5, 1989

See a retrospective exhibition featuring 62 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by 35 artists that celebrates the District of Columbia Art Association's 18th anniversary.

Anacostia Community Museum