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Jefferson and Science
April 13, 1981 – July 5, 1981

On view are materials relating to Jefferson's scientific research, inventions, and samples from his study collections such as fossils and Indian artifacts.

American History Museum
German Stage Design of the Nineteenth Century
April 7, 1981 – June 7, 1981

Visit 80 designs for sets and costumes for major theater and opera productions in Germany during the 19th century, selected from the German Theater Museum, Munich.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
American Porcelain Artists
April 3, 1981 – June 14, 1981

Admire and purchase place settings, bowls, vases, and vessels as well as ornamental and structural sculptures created by 11 of the artists whose work is included in the current Renwick exhibition, American Porcelain: New Expressions in an Ancient Art.

Renwick Gallery
Black Baseball: Life in the Negro Leagues
April 1, 1981 – May 13, 1981

American History Museum
Traditional Costumes and Jewelry of Egypt
March 16, 1981 – May 3, 1981

View embroidered dresses, cloaks, veils, belts, footwear, necklaces, bracelets and other items from all sections of Egypt, including the eastern desert, the Sinai, Nubia and oases of the south.

African Art Museum
Ancient Egyptian Art
March 16, 1981 – September 7, 1981

View Egyptian glass vessels dating from the 15th to 10th centuries B.C. as well as a famous sculpture of a king wearing the White Crown of Upper Egypt (c. 2525 B.C.)

Freer Gallery
Arts of Ancient Egypt: Treasures in Another Scale
March 16, 1981 – April 26, 1981

See 50 small-scale antiquities dating from the pre-dynastic period through the age of the Ptolemies, on loan from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Smithsonian Castle
Egypt Today: Embroidered Pictures from Akhmim
March 14, 1981 – August 23, 1981

View 24 works created by contemporary craftsmen at Akhmim, a city which has flourished as a weaving center from some 4,000 years. 

Renwick Gallery
The Animal Image: Contemporary Objects and the Beast
March 13, 1981 – August 30, 1981

View both literal and fanciful representations of animals included in the 114 sculptural and functional objects on view by contemporary American artists and craftsmen.

Renwick Gallery
John Henry Belter and the Rococo Revival
March 10, 1981 – May 24, 1981

Admire rare examples of laminated hardwood furniture made by Belter between 1844 and 1863 as well as pieces attributed to him and examples of the work of his contemporaries.  

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Innovative Furniture in America
March 10, 1981 – May 10, 1981

Marvel at furniture that folds, retracts, reclines, changes form, and combines two or more forms through mechanical gadgetry in some 50 examples, supplemented by photographs and drawings.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Traditional Costumery and Jewelry in Africa
February 27, 1981 – May 31, 1981

View costumes from Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Kenya as well as jewelry of the Berber people of Algeria and Morocco, the Masai of Tanzania, the Zulu of southeastern Africa, the Baule of the Ivory Coast, and the Bobo of Upper Volta

African Art Museum
Directions 1981
February 12, 1981 – May 3, 1981

A major group exhibition spotlights new directions in contemporary American art through works by younger artists from Europe and North America.

Hirshhorn Museum
Matchsafes
February 3, 1981 – April 12, 1981

See about 500 matchsafes in a myriad of styles and in a range of materials, a necessity after the invention of the friction match in the 1820s.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Japanese Genre Screens
February 1, 1981 – June 30, 1982

Follow the daily lives of the Japanese people of the 17th- to mid-19th centuries through 6 pairs of screens on display.

Freer Gallery
Special Aircraft Exhibit: Corsair, Curtiss, Boeing, Grumman, and Excalibur
February 1, 1981 – April 1998

Visit a changing exhibition of aircraft, many of them recently restored at the Garber Facility at Silver Hill, Maryland.

Air and Space Museum
Anna J. Cooper: A Voice from the South
February 1, 1981 – September 30, 1982

Examine the life and times of Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, Washington, D.C. black educator.

Anacostia Community Museum
Ephemeral Images: Recent American Posters
January 27, 1981 – March 29, 1981

View a selection of 50 to 75 posters that show the diverse ways in which American designers emphasize and enhance a product or attract an audience. 

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
A Feast of Color: Corpus Christi Dance Costumes from Ecuador
January 9, 1981 – July 12, 1981

Delight in 4 complete fiesta costumes of cotton decorated with beads, ribbon, and foil, as well as individual pieces used during Corpus Christi festivities.

Renwick Gallery
New Hampshire Crafts
January 8, 1981 – March 30, 1981

Admire and purchase appliqued wall hangings, wool coverlets, pewter salad sets, silk scarves and mufflers, sterling silver and gold jewelry, and utilitarian and sculptural pottery, from the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

Renwick Gallery