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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

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