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Photographs of Afghanistan by Luke Powell
April 30, 1989 – October 31, 1989

See 17 color photographs of the land, the people, and the architecture of the land-locked, war-torn Asian nation, taken between 1974 and 1978 by artist, traveler, and amateur archaeologist Luke Powell.

Sackler Gallery
Kiva, Cross, and Crown at Pecos Pueblo
April 29, 1989 – May 1, 1990

The exhibition examines cultural interaction at Pecos, New Mexico in the 16th, 17th, and early 18th centuries. 

American History Museum
Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the 1980s
April 28, 1989 – August 13, 1989

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography with these 185 non-traditional contemporary works by 90 artists.

American Art Museum
Sounding Forms: African Musical Instruments
April 26, 1989 – June 18, 1989

See 150 musical instruments made by a number of sub-Saharan African peoples, as well as art objects that depict musicians and their instruments.

African Art Museum
American Television from the Fair to the Family, 1939-1989
April 19, 1989 – July 31, 1990

The exhibition follows television's rise in status from mere furniture to the all-pervasive window on the world. 

American History Museum
Bound to Vary: Billy Budd, Sailor (Hand-bound Copies of Billy Budd)
April 17, 1989 – July 30, 1989

See 16 uniquely bound editions of the book Billy Budd, Sailor by 19th-century American author Herman Melville, in a variety of artistic styles and techniques.

Renwick Gallery
Timur and the Princely Vision: Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century
April 16, 1989 – July 6, 1989

View some 160 artifacts and artworks that present the cultural achievements of Timur or Tamerlane, the Asian emperor whose military conquests reshaped the social, political, and cultural climate of large parts of Iran and Central Asia during the 15th century.

Sackler Gallery
Isamu Noguchi Portrait Sculpture
April 15, 1989 – August 20, 1989

Take in 30 portrait sculptures by the Japanese-American artist, who died in January 1989. Primarily known for his large abstract sculptures, the artist also created many portraits of significant Americans between 1924 and 1950.

Portrait Gallery
The Way to Independence: Memories of a Hidatsa Indian Family, 1840-1920
April 12, 1989 – September 30, 1989

The transformation of American society between 1840 and 1920 is shown though the experiences of three members of a Hidatsa Indian family.  

American History Museum
The Boat Show: Fantastic Vessels, Fictional Voyages
April 7, 1989 – August 6, 1989

See 18 three-dimensional "boats" made of glass, wood, hay, and other materials by 16 contemporary American artists.

Renwick Gallery
Ceremonial Court
April 6, 1989 – July 16, 2006

This exhibition provides a glimpse of White House family life and serves as a setting for objects associated with the presidents. 

American History Museum
Gold of Africa: Jewelry and Ornaments from Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal
April 5, 1989 – August 28, 1989

View more than 200 objects of adornment and regalia worn by people of and royalty of West Africa.

African Art Museum
Duke Ellington, American Musician
April 4, 1989 – April 30, 1990

Commemorating Duke Ellington's career and musical legacy, this exhibition includes original compositions, awards, a bandstand, a portrait of the "Duke" painted by his granddaughter, and posters from some of his world tours. 

American History Museum
Ede/Memorial
April 1, 1989 – April 30, 1989

View the kinetic sculpture Church Ede by artist Sokari Douglas Camp.

African Art Museum
On Watch: Benton and the U.S. Navy
April 1, 1989 – April 30, 1989

Take in 15 World War II-era paintings and drawings by American artist Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) that capture the intensity of life aboard a submarine and in a bustling wartime ship-building yard.

American Art Museum
The Seasoned Eye II
April 1, 1989 – May 31, 1989

See 50 photographs created by men and women over 50 years of age, sponsored by Modern Maturity, a magazine published by the American Association of Retired People. 

American History Museum
L'Art de Vivre: Decorative Arts and Designs in France 1789-1989
March 30, 1989 – July 16, 1989

View more than 400 objects--including ceramics, glass, silver, textiles, fashions, and furniture--from both public and private collections, that celebrate the Bicentennial of the French Revolution.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Thomas Eakins Photographs: A Selection from the Permanent Collection
March 21, 1989 – June 26, 1989

Honoring the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography, this exhibition includes 43 photographs of motion studies, people, nudes, and Arcadian scenes by the 19th-century realist painter Thomas Eakins.

Hirshhorn Museum
Recent Acquisitions, 1986-1988
March 15, 1989 – May 14, 1989

Artists Milton Avery, Magdalena Jetelova, Tony Cragg, Philip Guston, Martin Puryear, and Stuart Davis are represented in this overview of modern works acquired by the museum as gifts or purchases since 1986. 

Hirshhorn Museum
American Women of the Etching Revival
March 15, 1989 – May 31, 1989

This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first comprehensive exhibit of works by American women. The show includes approximately 70 etchings by such artists as Mary Cassatt, Ellen Day Hale, Martha Scudder Twachtman, and Gabrielle Clements.

American History Museum