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Playing Cards
March 18, 1986 – May 25, 1986

Enjoy selections from more than 100 decks of cards from Western Europe, North America, and Asia that illustrate the variations in suits, the design of numbers and face cards, and the methods and materials used in making cards.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Art in New Mexico, 1900-1945: Paths to Taos and Santa Fe
March 7, 1986 – June 15, 1986

View approximately 120 paintings and 35 Indian and Hispanic decorative arts and religious objects. by Ernest L. Blumenschein, Andrew Dasburg, Marsden Hartley, Victor Higgins, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Marin and others.

American Art Museum
Toys from the Nuremberg Spielzeug Museum
March 4, 1986 – May 11, 1986

Delight in more than 75 toys from Nuremberg, an important German toy-manufacturing center since the 14th century. See dolls and doll carriages, doll-houses and their furnishings, blocks, pop-up books, a model railroad, games, mechanical, and optical toys.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Wonders of Creation, Oddities of Existence: An Exhibition in Celebration of Halley's Comet
March 3, 1986 – October 1, 1986

See 21 paintings, 2 pieces of metalwork, and a ceramic bowl that examine Islamic attitudes toward the cosmos from the 13th through the 18th centuries.

Freer Gallery
A Decade of Print Collecting: The Highlights
March 1, 1986 – July 13, 1986

See some of the most significant prints acquired during the past ten years.

Portrait Gallery
"William Rush's Model" by Thomas Eakins
March 1, 1986 – May 30, 1986

This newly acquired painting was executed in 1908 by Eakins, who based his work almost entirely on the study of the nude form.

American Art Museum
Literary Themes in Japanese Art
February 14, 1986 – February 28, 1987

Observe 13 paintings that illustrate a variety of interpretations of themes from Japanese literature, ranging in date from the 13th to the 19th centuries.

Freer Gallery
Soup to Nuts
February 10, 1986 – April 6, 1986

Admire and purchase unique but functional table-top service pieces, including bowls, casseroles, platters, tureens, pitchers, goblets, and placemats, created in a variety of materials by some 25 craftspeople from all over the country.

Renwick Gallery
Directions 1986
February 6, 1986 – March 30, 1986

 Eight Americans are represented by nearly 40 works in two broad thematic sections in this exhibition.

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