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On the Air: Pioneers of American Broadcasting
October 7, 1988 – January 2, 1989

Stroll down memory late with this exhibition highlighting people who made radio and television broadcast history from the early 1900s to the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debates.

Portrait Gallery
The Modern Dutch Poster: The First Fifty Years, 1890-1940
October 4, 1988 – January 8, 1989

Enjoy the diversity and unique quality of Dutch poster arts during the first half of this century.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Oshe Shango Staff
October 1, 1988 – October 31, 1989

View a 16 1/2-inch wooden oshe Shango, a staff carried by devotees of Shango, the god of thunder worshipped by the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria.

African Art Museum
William Hunt Diederich Fire Screen: Stag Attacked by Hounds
October 1, 1988 – November 30, 1988

This wrought iron, copper, and brass fire screen was made by Diederich around 1920 for the studio of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

American Art Museum
Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska
September 23, 1988 – April 2, 1989

Jointly prepared by the Smithsonian and the Soviet Academy of Sciences, the exhibition presents the cultures of Alaska and Siberia from the end of the Ice Age Era to modern times.

Natural History Museum
Quetzalcoatlus northropi (QN)
September 16, 1988 – December 31, 1990

Marvel at a life-size, radio-controlled replica of a large prehistoric "creature," a pterodactyl-like craft resembling the Quetzalcoatlus northropi, whose 35-foot-plus fossil remains were found in Texas in the early 1970s.

National Zoo
Alberto Giacometti: 1901-1966
September 15, 1988 – November 13, 1988

The exhibition surveys the Swiss-born artist's work from 1921 through 1965 in the first major U.S. retrospective in 15 years. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Places of Power: Sacred Sites of the Americas and Pacific
September 9, 1988 – January 8, 1989

See painted photographs of pre-European ceremonial sites.

Natural History Museum
The Countess' Treasury: Gems and Curiosities from Burghley House
September 6, 1988 – November 27, 1988

Visit the Burghley collection, a rare surviving compendium of the small "treasury" pieces that used to be essential to a great nobleman's surroundings.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Sales Exhibition: Saluting Excellence
September 1, 1988 – October 9, 1988

Admire and purchase a variety of crafts by Washington-area craftspeople, all of them Creative Crafts Council award winners.

Renwick Gallery
Escape (Altar by Rudy Fernandez)
September 1, 1988 – September 30, 1988

The intricate mixture of religious, regional, and personal symbolism of this alter exemplifies the complexity of the artist's unique vision.

American Art Museum
Recent Acquisition: Hovering (Drawing by Philip Guston) Part of Drawings
September 1, 1988 – September 25, 1988

Philip Guston's provocative Hovering is a prime example of his representational paintings and drawings that shocked and dismayed the New York art world when they were first exhibited.

American Art Museum
The Instant Likeness: Polaroid Portraits
August 27, 1988 – December 4, 1988

Observe likenesses of, or works by, Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, Lucas Samaras, and David Hockney.

Portrait Gallery
European Space Agency (ESA) Exhibition
August 25, 1988 – January 20, 1989

View models and artifacts that highlight 4 space science missions of the European Space Agency.

Air and Space Museum
Recent Acquisitions (1988-89)
August 20, 1988 – January 22, 1989

See portraits of Thornton Wilder by Reginald Marsh, Katharine Hepburn by Boris Chaliapin, a self-portrait by Anders Zorn and other paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs recently acquired by the Portrait Gallery.

Portrait Gallery
Lucas Samaras: Objects and Subjects, 1969-1986
August 12, 1988 – October 16, 1988

This retrospective of 150 works surveys the broad-ranging media and themes explored by Samaras, a Greek-born American. The works span sculpture, photography, painting, and assemblage.

American Art Museum
Composition Four: Melancholia (Painting by Raymond Jonson)
August 3, 1988 – August 31, 1988

Painted in 1926, two years after moving from Chicago to New Mexico, this is a pivotal work for Jonson, expressing emotional reactions to a particular time in his life, and is boldly nonrepresentational as well.

American Art Museum
The "Incomparable" (Zale Diamond)
August 1, 1988 – September 13, 1988

Marvel at the 407.43-carat, gold-colored diamond, the largest fancy-colored diamond in the world. 

Natural History Museum
Featured Object (by Tom Patti) Bi-axial Tubated Green Riser
August 1, 1988 – September 5, 1988

Admire a diminutive, exquisitely conceived piece that is a superb example of the artist's use of glass.

Renwick Gallery
Champions on Time
July 30, 1988 – January 28, 1990

Examine portraits of 25 major sports figures who appeared on the covers of Time magazine, including Althea Gibson, Reggie Jackson, Pete Rose, Joe Namath, Roger Staubach, Bob Mathias and Oscar Robertson.

Portrait Gallery