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Chicago Furniture: Art, Craft and Industry, 1833-1983
May 21, 1985 – August 25, 1985

Examine 165 pieces of furniture and decorative objects in a survey of the major trends and innovations of furniture design and manufacture in Chicago.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recent Acquisitions: Prints, Drawings and Watercolors
May 17, 1985 – December 8, 1985

Discover 49 works on paper that illustrate the range and depth of recent additions to the NMAA collection.  

American Art Museum
The Arts of South Asia
May 15, 1985 – December 1, 1985

See some 70 objects, ranging in date from the 2nd century B.C. through the 18th century, that offer a complete survey of the Freer's painting, sculpture, and decorative art from the Indian subcontinent. 

Freer Gallery
Duala Cameroon Boat
May 10, 1985 – June 20, 1985

See a dugout canoe model made by the Duala people of the Cameroon's coastal forests used  for sea fishing.

African Art Museum
Architecture in Silver
May 3, 1985 – July 29, 1985

Admire silver coffee and tea services designed by 11 internationally known architects, executed by Italian silversmiths.  

Renwick Gallery
Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler
May 3, 1985 – August 18, 1985

See 84 lithotints executed by the American expatriate artist, including delicately washed views of the Thames, depictions of London and its tradesmen, and portraits of family and friends. 

American Art Museum
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
Thomas Hart Benton Mural
April 1, 1985 – June 30, 1985

A major mural painting, Thomas Hart Benton's Achelous and Hercules is considered a splendid example of the artist's ability to raise the American experience to the level of myth.  

American Art Museum
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