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Architects Design for the Tabletop
May 2, 1985 – August 25, 1985

Admire and purchase dinnerware, serving pieces, fabrics, and decorative accessories designed by such architects as Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, Robert Siegel, and Robert Venturi.  

Renwick Gallery
Dimensional Rapture
May 1, 1985 – June 16, 1985

See a mini-exhibition of 13 three-dimensional works created from "found objects" by members of a local art sorority, Eta Phi Sigma.

Anacostia Community Museum
Material Evidence: New Color Techniques in Handmade Furniture
April 26, 1985 – September 22, 1985

View 23 pieces of handcrafted furniture created by 19 contemporary woodworkers who were invited to explore the design possibilities of Formica Corporation's new solid color laminate, Colorcore. 

Renwick Gallery
The Glazed Ceramic Tradition of Seto and Mino Wares
April 26, 1985 – January 12, 1986

Follow the evolution of glazed wares in neighboring pottery districts during Japan's medieval period through a number of rare early pieces, as well as by representative Momoyama period (1568-1615) wares.  

Freer Gallery
A Truthful Likeness: Chester Harding and His Portraits
April 12, 1985 – September 2, 1985

Admire 60 portraits by Harding, a backwoodsman with no formal education, who became one of America's most successful portrait painters in the era after Gilbert Stuart.

Portrait Gallery
William Edward West: Kentucky Painter
April 12, 1985 – June 16, 1985

See 40 portraits in the first major study of the ante-bellum painter 

Portrait Gallery
African Masterpieces from the Musee de L'Homme
April 8, 1985 – June 9, 1985

View 100 world-renowned works of art from West and Central Africa, most of which have never been on display outside of France.

African Art Museum
Discovery Theater Art & Writing Contest Winners
April 1, 1985 – September 19, 1985

View more than 30 paintings, drawings, stories, and poems selected from over 4,500 entries submitted by Washington area students in the Discovery Theater Art and Writing Contests.

A&I
Creation & Renewal: Views of Cotopaxi by Frederic Edwin Church
March 29, 1985 – July 14, 1985

Engage with 37 paintings, oil sketches, and drawings of the Ecuadorian volcano, Cotopaxi, in an exhibition that documents the artist's sustained involvement with one theme and demonstrates his scientific beliefs.

American Art Museum
Old Master Prints from the Wallerstein Collection
March 5, 1985 – May 26, 1985

Enjoy 120 prints, including works by Durer, Rembrandt, and Schongauer, in an exhibition organized by 3 institutions that were beneficiaries of donations by Leo Wallerstein and his heirs. 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
N'Debele Beadwork
March 1, 1985 – April 30, 1985

View articles--mostly aprons--incorporating the striking geometric designs created by women of southern African villages.

African Art Museum
From Zoo to Art: Animal Subjects by American Sculptors
March 1, 1985 – October 14, 1985

Examine the animal as a subject for 19th- and 20th-century American artists in 51 sculptures and works on paper from NMAA's collection.  

American Art Museum
Thomas Paine: A Hero Scorned
February 21, 1985 – August 11, 1985

See likenesses of Paine in this small exhibition including a portrait by John Wesley Jarvis as well as caricatures by British, French, and American satiric artists.

Portrait Gallery
The Four Continents
February 19, 1985 – May 12, 1985

See works in pottery, porcelain, metal, glass, ivory, and horn as well as drawings and prints--all fanciful images of the continents--selected from the James Hazen Hyde collection in the Cooper-Hewitt and other museums.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Joseph Wright, American Artist (1756-1793)
February 15, 1985 – June 9, 1985

Visit some 30 paintings and graphics survey the career of the artist, the first American-born student at the Royal Academy of Art, London.

Portrait Gallery
White House Families: Life Magazine Photographs of Presidential Children
February 15, 1985 – April 1, 1985

Survey the photographs of the 23 surviving offspring of Presidents of the United States taken by photographer Harry Benson for LIFE magazine's November 1984 issue.  

Portrait Gallery
Life: The Second Decade, 1946-1955
February 15, 1985 – May 12, 1985

Recall the major historical events and famous figures of the era as well as the lives, fads, rituals, and costumes of ordinary people through 200 vintage photographic prints from LIFE magazine's photo archives.  

American Art Museum
Cut Paper
February 12, 1985 – May 12, 1985

View more than 150 examples of cut and pin-pricked paper, dating from the 17th century to the present, drawn mainly from the Cooper-Hewitt collection in this international exhibition.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Ming Dynasty Calligraphy and Painting
February 8, 1985 – September 2, 1985

View 25 hand and hanging scrolls executed by 40 artists of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) that present comparisons between calligraphy and painting.

Freer Gallery
The Preservation of the Wright Flyer
February 8, 1985 – June 13, 1985

The Wright brothers' Flyer, usually on view in Milestones of Flight, is being restored, in the first extensive work to be done on the Flyer since Orville Wright prepared it for exhibition in 1916.

Air and Space Museum