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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
Duke Ellington: American Musician
April 4, 1989 – August 7, 2006

Trace the "Duke's" career and musical legacy through original compositions, awards, a bandstand and posters. 

American History Museum
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
Calling All Stars
March 10, 1989 – Closed

View 7 aluminum paintings by contemporary artist Andreas Nottebahm exhibited in conjunction with the Albert Einstein Planetarium show Calling All Stars.

Air and Space Museum
The First Federal Congress: 1789-1791
March 2, 1989 – July 23, 1989

Celebrate the bicentennary of the first Congress, through portraits of significant members, their loved ones, and certain constituents who had cause to petition the legislature.

Portrait Gallery
Rare Fossil Finds: 470 Million Year-Old Fossils from China
March 1, 1989 – June 1, 1989

The research case features rare 470-million-year-old fossils from China. 

Natural History Museum
Featured Object: "Javanese Mother and Child" by Paul Bogatay
March 1, 1989 – June 1, 1989

View a clay sculpture by the artist (1905-1972) created in 1936 when Americans were intrigued with exotic island cultures.

Renwick Gallery