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July 1, 1986 – July 31, 1986

See Tom Wesselman's collage Still Life #12.

American Art Museum
Early Life: Earliest Traces of Life Early Life: Earliest Traces of Life
June 27, 1986 – April 27, 2014

An overview of the origin and early evolution of life is presented.

Natural History Museum
Davy Crockett: Gentleman from the Cane
June 14, 1986 – September 14, 1986

Get to know Crockett and his contemporaries through mementos and first editions in an exhibition that traces the transformation of a relatively obscure farmer, hunter, and politician from Tennessee into a larger than life hero.

Portrait Gallery
Embroidered Ship Portraits
June 3, 1986 – September 7, 1986

View some 50 embroidered "ship portraits", which, like scrimshaw, were the work of 19th-century sailors during slow times at sea.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Through Light and Shadow: Photographs by Clara Sipprell
May 23, 1986 – November 30, 1986

Visit 33 portraits by American photographer Clara Sipprell, who relied upon the effects of natural light to produce her characteristic soft-focus images.

Portrait Gallery
Treasures of Hungary: Gold & Silver from the 9th to the 19th Century
May 20, 1986 – August 10, 1986

See some 70 gold and silver objects from the National Museum in Budapest and other Hungarian collections, including spectacular personal jewelry and adornments, elegant domestic tablewares, and major examples of ecclesiastical metalwork.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
QN -- the Time Traveler
May 19, 1986 – September 15, 1988

Visit a life-sized, 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.

Air and Space Museum
Figure Prints: The Washington Print Club 11th Members' Biennial Exhibition
May 16, 1986 – September 7, 1986

See 70 prints documenting artists' view of the human figure from the late 19th century to the present

American Art Museum
Earth Views
May 8, 1986 – April 27, 1987

Take in a major juried art competition of views of the Earth from on high, or of various air and spacecraft used to view the Earth from above.

Air and Space Museum
A Human Ideal in African Art/Bamana Figurative Sculpture
April 30, 1986 – June 15, 1986

View 45 sculptures in an exhibition that explores and illustrates the traditional use of the human image in the art of the Mali's Bamana people.

African Art Museum
Bon Voyage: Design for Travel
April 29, 1986 – July 13, 1986

Explore some 200 objects, dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, that illustrate a range of design solutions for travel necessities and luxuries--suitcases and wardrobes, valises, trunks, collapsible and portable furniture, and personal accessories.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings: Building a Corporate Cathedral
April 26, 1986 – September 1, 1986

Admire two masterpieces of 20th-century architecture, the Johnson Wax Co.'s administration building (1936) and research tower (1943) in Racine, Wisconsin, documented by 22 original drawings and sketches from Wright's unpublished archives as well as photographs, correspondence, models, furniture, and a videotape of Wright discussing the buildings.

Renwick Gallery
John Frazee, Sculptor
April 25, 1986 – August 24, 1986

Examine the life and work of Frazee (1790-1852), the first native-born American to carve a successful portrait in marble, and the first to receive federal patronage, through the exhibition of all his major sculpted portraits.

Portrait Gallery
Portraits by Brady: Imperial Photographs from the Harvard College Library
April 25, 1986 – August 24, 1986

See 60 imperial prints selected from a collection recently located at Harvard University's Fogg Museum.

Portrait Gallery
The Art of Turned Wood Bowls: The Edward Jacobson Collection
April 17, 1986 – September 28, 1986

See 90 examples of lathe-turned wood bowls in many styles and in a variety of woods, created by 21 American master turners in the past decade.

Renwick Gallery
Crafts from Vermont
April 10, 1986 – July 7, 1986

Admire and purchase the work of 24 artisans ranging from pewter to pottery, from collapsible wooden baskets to tapestry scarves and jackets.

Renwick Gallery
Patrick Ireland: Drawings 1965-1985
April 4, 1986 – August 17, 1986

See 61 drawings, including examples from all of his major series, and a rope installation, created especially for this exhibition.

American Art Museum
Paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing
April 1, 1986 – September 5, 1988

Appreciate 19 paintings by Thomas Wilmer Dewing, an American artist best known for his graceful representations of women.

Freer Gallery
Symbols and Ceremonies: Pueblo Indian Watercolors
March 28, 1986 – August 17, 1986

Most of the approximately 68 works, dating from 1917 to the early 1940s, are from NMAA's Alice Corbin-Henderson Collection.

American Art Museum
La Nijinska: A Dancer's Legacy
March 18, 1986 – July 6, 1986

Enjoy more than 150 objects relating to the life and career of Bronislava Nijinska (1891-1972), one of ballet's most influential choreographers.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum