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Directions 1986
February 6, 1986 – March 30, 1986

This exhibition is the fourth in the Directions series launched by the museum in 1979 as a showcase for new works by contemporary artists.

Hirshhorn Museum
Chinese Bird-and-Flower Paintings
February 1, 1986 – June 29, 1986

Admire 30 album leaves and hanging and hand scrolls from the 12th-19th centuries, depicting mythical, imaginary, and realistic birds as well as a colorful array of flowers.

Freer Gallery
Landscapes and Famous Places
February 1, 1986 – November 30, 1987

See a dozen Japanese screens, made between the 17th and 19th centuries, that depict landscapes and places in Japan that are well-known for their scenic, literary, religious, or historical significance.

Freer Gallery
The Rising of a New Moon: A Century of Tabwa Art
January 29, 1986 – March 17, 1986

View approximately 80 carved ancestral figures, masks, musical instruments, and utilitarian objects that present the work of the Tabwa people of southeastern Zaire and northeastern Zambia.

African Art Museum
Memphis/Milano
January 21, 1986 – April 13, 1986

See examples of the work of the international consortium, Memphis: design and architectural drawings, furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting fixtures, textiles, graphics, and architectural models.  

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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