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Immovable Objects: Suburbs
November 10, 1981 – January 24, 1982

View original drawings, building and site plans, brochures and promotional literature, models, and photographs relating to suburbs.  

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Space Shuttle Art
November 1, 1981 – January 3, 1982

See 28 works of art documenting the development of the Space Shuttle project, commissioned by NASA to record key events in the U.S. space program.

Air and Space Museum
Autumn's Voices
October 15, 1981 – December 13, 1981

View 21 works of Japanese art--paintings, a piece of calligraphy, ceramics and 2 wooden drums--dating from the early 13th to the early 19th centuries, that show a variety of interpretations of autumnal motifs in Japanese art.

Freer Gallery
Nikola Tesla, Inventor and Electrical Engineer
October 15, 1981 – January 31, 1982

American History Museum
Powers of Ten Theater
October 15, 1981 – Closed

Be amazed by the Charles Eames film Powers of Ten presenting a mythical journey into space  increasing one's distance from Earth 10 times every 10 seconds, and a similar journey returning into the human body at the same rate of speed.

Air and Space Museum
By Sea and By Land: Independence with the Help of France
October 10, 1981 – November 30, 1981

See portraits, paintings, letters, swords, cannon, and other objects commemorating the bicentennial of the Battle of Yorktown, the decisive battle of the Revolutionary War.

Smithsonian Castle
The Imperial Image: Painting for the Mughal Court
September 25, 1981 – January 31, 1982

See 74 works from 1560-1640, considered the most important period of Islamic art in India. 

Freer Gallery
Out of the Ordinary: Domestic and Ritual Furnishings from Africa
September 17, 1981 – October 31, 1981

View an exhibit of domestic furnishings that illustrates the aesthetic and spiritual qualities they have in common with ritual objects.

African Art Museum
Writing and Reading
September 15, 1981 – January 3, 1982

Learn from a range of objects from various periods and cultures that provide a survey of the basic skills of writing and reading. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Starfishes of the Atlantic Ocean
September 15, 1981 – March 31, 1982

Exhibited are starfish, photographs, maps, and related publications.

Natural History Museum
Americans in Glass
August 25, 1981 – November 15, 1981

View blown, cast, fabricated, and engraved pieces of contemporary studio glass by 20 invited artists and 55 selected by jury.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Magazine Covers: Art for the People
August 25, 1981 – November 1, 1981

Enjoy more than 100 magazine covers and original art by artists, illustrators, and photographers--primarily European and American--from the mid-19th century to the present.  

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Venini Glass
August 21, 1981 – March 21, 1982

See a retrospective exhibition of 150 glass works, supplemented by color photographs, a set of glassblower's tools and bench, and panels illustrating processes made famous by Paolo Venini, founder of the glass manufactory on the island of Murano. 

Renwick Gallery
California Condor Sculptures
August 1, 1981 – August 28, 1981

See 3 life-size figures of the endangered California Condor, created by Erwin Hauer.  

National Zoo
Antoine Sevruguin: Photographer of Qajar Iran
August 1, 1981 – March 31, 1982

Follow a rich visual record of the late Qajar period (from approximately 1885 to approximately 1930) through 24 photographs selected from the Freer collection. 

Freer Gallery
Selection of Korean Ceramics and Paintings from the Freer Collection
July 15, 1981 – September 15, 1981

View more than 60 pieces of Korean ceramics, painting and metalwork, spanning the third century B.C. through the 19th century.

Freer Gallery
Costumes and Jewelry of the Maasai
July 1, 1981 – September 7, 1981

See costumes, jewelry, dress, and accessories of the people of Kenya and parts of Tanzania.

African Art Museum
A Renwick Bestiary
June 19, 1981 – August 30, 1981

Admire and purchase animal images depicted on objects ranging from baskets, bowls, and furniture to toys, jewelry, mugs, molds, and rubber stamps.    

Renwick Gallery
The Moving Image
June 16, 1981 – August 16, 1981

See 100 examples of artwork created for use in the production of animated films, from virtually every major studio.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Gardens of Delight
June 9, 1981 – August 23, 1981

See some 500 objects--ceramics, glass, silver, wallpaper, textiles, metalwork--and some 200 architectural drawings featuring gardens, real and imaginary .

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum