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Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley
September 14, 2011 – February 12, 2012

See more than 150 works created by the diverse people of the Benue River Valley in Central Nigeria - the source of the most abstract, dramatic, and inventive sculpture in sub-Saharan Africa.

African Art Museum
Momentum: A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25 Momentum: A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25
September 7, 2011 – January 22, 2012

View works by 15 award-winning emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25.

Ripley Center
The Bright Beneath: The Luminous Art of Shih Chieh Huang The Bright Beneath: The Luminous Art of Shih Chieh Huang
September 3, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Artist Shih Chieh Huang's creations, inspired by bioluminescent marine organisms, evoke a sense of wonder and curiosity as they "float" in the darkness of the gallery.

Natural History Museum
September 11: Remembrance and Reflection September 11: Remembrance and Reflection
September 3, 2011 – September 11, 2011

To mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the museum offers a close-up view of more than 50 objects from the three sites: New York City; the Pentagon; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

American History Museum
Exercise Your Mynd Exercise Your Mynd
August 22, 2011 – November 27, 2011

See BK Adams's imaginary landscapes that draw upon his surroundings, using exuberant color, toys, and objects scavenged from everyday life.

Anacostia Community Museum
Black Box: Nira Pereg Black Box: Nira Pereg
August 22, 2011 – December 4, 2011

See Nira Pereg's video 67 Bows that was inspired by a visit to the Karlsruhe Zoo in Germany and features a flock of flamingos.

Hirshhorn Museum
Sweet Silent Thought: Whistler's Interiors Sweet Silent Thought: Whistler's Interiors
August 20, 2011 – August 19, 2012

In this small-scale exhibition, examine themes that recur in James McNeill Whistler's works.

Freer Gallery
Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter
August 12, 2011 – October 14, 2012

Seven artists from across the country offer provocative artistic responses to the Asian experience in America and the meaning of being Asian American.

Portrait Gallery
Have You Heard the One about...? Phyllis Diller's Gag File Have You Heard the One about...? Phyllis Diller's Gag File
August 12, 2011 – October 30, 2011

See how actress and stand-up comic Phyllis Diller kept track of her trove of 50,000 jokes.

American History Museum
Made in Chicago: The Koffler Collection Made in Chicago: The Koffler Collection
August 12, 2011 – January 2, 2012

See 26 works of art dating from 1960 to 1980.

American Art Museum
Stamps of Approval Stamps of Approval
August 12, 2011 – September 25, 2011

See eight objects featured in the U.S. Postal Service's Pioneers of American Industrial Design series of Forever stamps.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Against All Odds: Rescue at the Chilean Mine Against All Odds: Rescue at the Chilean Mine
August 5, 2011 – September 30, 2012

See the actual rescue capsule used to rescue the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for two months in 2010.

Natural History Museum
Perspectives: Hale Tenger Perspectives: Hale Tenger
July 30, 2011 – November 6, 2011

In his video Beirut, multimedia artist Hale Tenger filmed the facade of the St. George Hotel -- the site of the assassination of Rafik Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon -- during its renovation.

Sackler Gallery
More Than Meets the Eye More Than Meets the Eye
July 23, 2011 – November 4, 2012

In this photography exhibition, learn how museum scientists examine the world’s diversity of life and culture up close.

Natural History Museum
Reinventing the Wheel: Japanese Ceramics 1930-2000 Reinventing the Wheel: Japanese Ceramics 1930-2000
July 23, 2011 – July 12, 2013

Modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics by Living National Treasures to young virtuosos are featured in this installation.

Sackler Gallery
Conversations with the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change Conversations with the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change
July 22, 2011 – January 2, 2012

Have a look at Indigenous science and gain a Native perspective on global climate change through photographs, video, and audio clips.

American Indian Museum
Art of the Stamp: Owney the Postal Dog Art of the Stamp: Owney the Postal Dog
July 20, 2011 – August 5, 2012

See Bill Bond's original painting used to create the Owney stamp.

Postal Museum
Ancient Iranian Ceramics Ancient Iranian Ceramics
July 16, 2011 – December 31, 2012

See a distinctive type of pottery from the Sackler's collection of ancient Iranian ceramics.

Sackler Gallery
The Great American Hall of Wonders The Great American Hall of Wonders
July 15, 2011 – January 8, 2012

This exhibition examines the American ingenuity that energized all aspects of 19th-century society, from the painting of landscapes and scenes of everyday life to the planning of scientific expeditions and the development of new mechanical devices.

American Art Museum
American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music
July 11, 2011 – October 9, 2011

Experience the true flavor, or "sabor," of Latin music in the United States and the influence Latin music genres have had on American popular music.

Ripley Center