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RAP Commissions Art in 1989
January 1, 1989 – April 30, 1989

See 16 serigraphs, lithographs, and posters commissioned by the Resident Associate Program since 1972, to celebrate Smithsonian Resident Associate and Washington-area occasions, and to help support RAP's outreach projects.

Ripley Center
1989 Staff Art Showcase
January 1, 1989 – January 29, 1989

Staff members from the American Art Museum, the Portrait Gallery, and the Archives of American Art display their creativity in this annual exhibition.

American Art Museum
"Coyote": A Myth in the Making
December 21, 1988 – March 21, 1989

Visit a 10-year retrospective of "Coyote" art by American Indian artist Henry Fonseca.  

Natural History Museum
1988 Trees of Christmas
December 16, 1988 – January 8, 1989

Visit 11 live spruce and fir trees, ranging from 8 to 12 feet in height, decorated with handcrafted ornaments reflecting America's ethnic heritages, nature, and traditional crafts. 

American History Museum
Gerhard Richter
December 14, 1988 – February 12, 1989

Visit 46 figurative and abstract paintings, 2 objects, and 1 installation piece by West German artist Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) in his first North American retrospective. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Purses, Pockets, Pouches
December 6, 1988 – March 5, 1989

Admire an exhibition that illustrates the textile techniques used to make purses, pockets, portfolios, and pouches, all drawn from the museum's collections.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Christmas Tree Decorated by Associates in 1988
December 5, 1988 – January 6, 1989

See the Christmas tree that features hand-crafted ornaments from the U.S. and abroad donated by the Smithsonian Associates over the last 16 years.

Ripley Center
Perpetual Motif: The Art of Man Ray
December 2, 1988 – February 20, 1989

This major retrospective includes 268 paintings, works on paper, photographs, rayographs, films, and objects by Ray, considered one of the founding fathers of modernism and a pioneer of both Dada and Surrealism.

American Art Museum
Holiday Cone Tree
December 1, 1988 – January 3, 1989

Celebrate the holiday season with a festive display of seasonal greenery.

Recent Acquisition: Marsden Hartley: Yliaster (Paracelsus)
December 1, 1988 – December 30, 1988

Explore a painting by the American artist based on the theory of creation expounded by Paracelsus, a Swiss doctor and mystic of the 16th century.

American Art Museum
Sculpture Installation
December 1, 1988 – December 31, 1988

See 6 small sculptures in a wall case, including Belle Lachaise by Gaston Lachaise; Head of Gertrude Lawrence by Jose de Creeft; and works by Emily Bishop, Arthur Davies, David Hare, and Sargent Johnson.

American Art Museum
Threadworks: Miniature Textile Art
November 21, 1988 – April 11, 1989

Admire 47 contemporary examples of miniature fiber art works that incorporate a variety of techniques.

Ripley Center
A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection
November 20, 1988 – April 30, 1989

View 160 Persian and Indian paintings, manuscripts, calligraphies, and bookbindings, that offer a comprehensive survey of the art of the Islamic book from the 11th to the 19th centuries.

Sackler Gallery
November 17, 1988 – March 1, 1989

This exhibition documents the activities of the Laser History Project. Barely 25 years old, it has had an enormous impact on all areas of society.

American History Museum
Sports Feelings: U.S./Soviet Sports Photography
November 16, 1988 – February 5, 1989

The first joint effort of its kind, the exhibition features 120 photographs of sporting events focusing on the universality and humanity of sports. 

American History Museum
Courts and Colonies: The William and Mary Style in Holland, England, and America
November 15, 1988 – February 12, 1989

See some 250 works of art, architectural prints, drawings, furniture, ceramics, and silver from the late 17th and early 18th centuries, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the accession of William and Mary to the English throne.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Echoes of the Kalabari: Sculpture by Sokari Douglas Camp
November 11, 1988 – January 29, 1989

View 13 life-sized sculptures of masqueraders, drummers, and female audience figures--many of them motorized and audible--by the contemporary Nigerian artist.

African Art Museum
Kalabari Ancestral Screens: Levels of Meaning
November 11, 1988 – January 29, 1989

Explore the traditional function, history, and formal qualities of sacred screens used to commemorate the most important ancestors of southern Nigeria's Kalabari people.

African Art Museum
November 9, 1988 – May 14, 1989

View 17 modern and contemporary works from the museum's permanent collection reflecting the themeNumbers--Letters--Images

Hirshhorn Museum
Featured Object: "Oval Chamber" by William Daley
November 1, 1988 – February 12, 1989

See a large stoneware ceramic piece by the artist, a principal figure in contemporary American ceramics.

Renwick Gallery