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Recent Acquisitions (1986)
January 18, 1986 – July 13, 1986

See a sampling of the portraiture of influential Americans past and present--painting, sculpture, and photographs (including a rare daguerreotype portrait of Mathew Brady).

Portrait Gallery
Garden Potteries and Offical Kilns: Clan-sponsored Ceramics in the Edo Period
January 17, 1986 – November 2, 1986

Observe 38 pieces of ceramics made under the direct sponsorship of feudal lords, a little-known aspect of Japan's ceramic production during the Edo period (1615-1868)

Freer Gallery
Voyager Encounters Uranus
January 17, 1986 – January 1, 1987

Monitor live-TV images of the black-ringed planet Uranus and its 5 moons as seen by the robot spacecraft Voyager 2 on its fly-by during January and February.

Air and Space Museum
1986: A Year for Space Science: Comet Halley
January 1, 1986 – December 18, 1986

Visit these small installations that include a videotape of Comet Halley.

Air and Space Museum
Masterpieces of Time: Clocks by Wendell Castle
December 24, 1985 – May 4, 1986

View 13 floor-standing clocks of exotic woods with inlays of sterling silver and mother-of-pearl. All are sculptural and decorative; several recall French art deco furniture of the 1920s and 30s, while others are more whimsical. 

Renwick Gallery
Advertising America
December 17, 1985 – March 9, 1986

Examine over 150 print and television advertisements organized into such themes as At Work, At Home, At Leisure, and On the Road in an exhibition that illustrates how advertising influences, and, conversely, reflects social change.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Christmas Tree Decorated by Associates in 1985
December 7, 1985 – January 2, 1986

See holiday decorations in the Great Hall including the Christmas tree decorated with handcrafted ornaments made locally, and collected from the U.S. and abroad.

Smithsonian Castle
The Graphic Works of George Elbert Burr (1859-1939)
December 3, 1985 – May 11, 1986

See 78 prints, drawings, and etchings by Burr, known as "the etcher of the American desert," selected from the 250 works in the NMAA collection.  

American Art Museum
Conversations With Another World: Romaine Brooks in the National Museum of American Art
November 29, 1985 – March 19, 1986

See 37 drawings from the NMAA collection by the expatriate artist who died in France in 1971.  

American Art Museum
Go Well, My Child: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee in Collaboration with Alan Paton
November 26, 1985 – January 5, 1986

View 80 black-and-white prints by Constance Stuart Larrabee, an American photographer born in South Africa, with captions from the classic novel Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton.

African Art Museum
Gaston Lachaise: Portrait Sculpture
November 22, 1985 – February 16, 1986

Visit more than 60 portrait sculptures by French-born Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935), most of them executed in the U.S. in the 1920s and 1930s. 

Portrait Gallery
Artists on Paper: Prints, Photographs and Drawings from NPG Collection
November 22, 1985 – February 16, 1986

Portraits and self-portraits of eminent American artists represented in the NPG collection.  

Portrait Gallery
Focusing on Art: Peter A. Juley & Son
November 22, 1985 – September 30, 1986

Visit 30 photographs selected from the 127,000 photographic negatives comprising the NMAA Juley Collection. Believed to be the largest single photographic record of American art, the collection is particularly valuable because it often contains the only surviving visual record of the original state of many works of art.  

American Art Museum
After the Revolution: Everyday Life in America, 1780-1800
November 18, 1985 – March 3, 2002

This exhibition illuminates the communities and the lives of several well-documented families in the 1780s and 1790s -- the first generation of people to live in the newly created United States of America.

American History Museum
Treasures from the Land: 12 New Zealand Craftsmen and Their Native Materials
November 15, 1985 – March 9, 1986

See 70 works by New Zealand craftsmen including woven hangings of natural wool, carved and painted gourds, sculptural ceramic vessels, Maori feather capes, a carved ceremonial doorway, and delicate jewelry of inlaid woods, precious metals, and minerals. 

Renwick Gallery
At Home on the Road: Autocamping, Motels & the Rediscovery of America
November 15, 1985 – January 11, 1987

Learn how highway travel became a form of entertainment in the first half of the 20th century.

American History Museum
History, Context and Materials: Objects from the Permanent Collection
November 12, 1985 – January 5, 1986

See 40 objects that demonstrate three areas of study in the field of African art: some objects were selected because they can be attributed; some objects were chosen for their content and are displayed with field photographs to show them in context; the third group illustrates the various materials and processes used to create traditional African art.

African Art Museum
Scholar-Painters of the Nanga School
November 8, 1985 – February 28, 1987

Visit 16 hand scrolls, hanging scrolls, and screens by Japanese painters  of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Freer Gallery
The Golden Eye: An International Tribute to the Artisans of India
November 5, 1985 – February 23, 1986

Take in a major exhibition of crafts and products devised in collaboration between traditional artisans of India and world-famous designers from Europe and America. 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Contemporary Crafts from the Empire State
October 24, 1985 – January 31, 1986

Admire and purchase desks and serving accessories, perfume bottles, jewelry, and textiles created by 24 members of the Empire State Crafts Alliance, New York.

Renwick Gallery