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Into the Sunlit Splendor: The Art of William S. Phillips
June 19, 1987 – January 31, 1988

See 40 paintings and drawings by the contemporary artist, from WWII airplanes to the Space Shuttle, and the landscapes surrounding them.

Air and Space Museum
Safe and Secure: Keys and Locks
June 9, 1987 – October 18, 1987

Discover some 225 pieces, including embellished locks and keys, and a chronology of key and lock development and use, styles and symbolism.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Cavemen: The Art of Charles Knight
June 4, 1987 – August 31, 1987

View more than 100 works by the artist, spanning the entire prehistoric world, from ancient marine life to early reptiles, dinosaurs, Ice Age mammals, and early man. 

Natural History Museum
Dinosaurs, Past and Present
June 4, 1987 – August 31, 1987

Enjoy 150 paintings, sculptures, and models by past and contemporary artists, the most comprehensive exhibition of dinosaur art ever assembled.  

Natural History Museum
The Fishes of the Mississippi River
June 1, 1987 – August 30, 1988

Visit the fishes of the Mississippi River - paddlefish, bowfin, short-nosed gar, shovel-nose sturgeon, large-mouth bass, sunfish, flat-head catfish, and others.

National Zoo
Portraits from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
May 30, 1987 – September 20, 1987

Come visit 24 selected portraits and related memorabilia from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in New York City.

Portrait Gallery
Stage Portraits: Photographs by Mathew Brady from the Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
May 30, 1987 – September 30, 1989

As part of the reinstallation of the permanent collection, new selections from the glassplate negatives highlight the performing arts.

Portrait Gallery
Contemporary Visual Expressions
May 27, 1987 – July 31, 1987

See an exhibition of works by 4 contemporary black American artists.

Anacostia Community Museum
Morris Louis
May 21, 1987 – July 26, 1987

See a retrospective of approximately 50 paintings by the artist (1912-1966), a major painter of the Washington Color School, whose large, delicate color abstractions are "poured" rather than brushed onto canvas.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Geo-Metro-Deco
May 21, 1987 – August 16, 1987

See Art Deco-influenced objects by contemporary American craftspeople, and include vases, perfume bottles, jewelry, and furniture.

Renwick Gallery
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings: Creating a Corporate Cathedral
May 12, 1987 – July 19, 1987

View over 100 pieces including lithographs, drawings, furniture, and decorative arts of one of the most extraordinary works in American architectural history.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Invertebrates Invertebrates
May 7, 1987 – June 21, 2014

This exhibition is home to dozens of invertebrate species -- the most abundant creatures on earth -- from sea stars to spiny lobsters, to giant African millipedes, to tarantulas, to a giant Pacific octopus.

National Zoo
Treasures from the National Museum of American Art
May 7, 1987 – October 18, 1987

Visit 81 masterworks of American painting and sculpture, demonstrating the diverse traditions of American visual creativity from Colonial to contemporary times.

American Art Museum
Micronesia: New Island Nations in a Vast Sea
May 4, 1987 – October 2, 1988

Celebrate the emerging independent island nations of the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific and their shared maritime traditions. 

Natural History Museum
Recent Acquisitions--Eastman Johnson
May 1, 1987 – July 19, 1987

Admire the painting The Girl I Left Behind Me (1870-75), by American painter Eastman Johnson (1824-1906).

American Art Museum
Lite Eagle: Project Daedalus Prototype Plane
April 20, 1987 – August 7, 1987

Marvel at a prototype plane for Project Daedalus, in which the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) plans the flight of a human-powered aircraft from the island of Crete to the mainland of Greece.

Air and Space Museum
American Art Deco
April 17, 1987 – July 26, 1987

See some 180 works including sculpture, furniture, textiles, glass, ceramics, silver, and architectural photographs all representative of Art Deco, the most important decorative style of the late 1920s and 1930s in the U.S.

Renwick Gallery
The Far Side of Science: Cartoons by Gary Larson
April 9, 1987 – May 31, 1987

Chortle over more than 500 cartoons by Seattle-based cartoonist Gary Larson, that deal with a wide range of natural history topics.

Natural History Museum
Body Adornment
April 9, 1987 – May 17, 1987

Admire and purchase jewelry and accessories, from scarves, belts, and cufflinks, to more unusual items such as formica bowties, paper and safety pin jewelry, and felted jackets.

Renwick Gallery
The Art of Henry Inman
April 2, 1987 – August 2, 1987

Featured are more than 100 works--portraits, miniatures, lithographs, and illustrations--by the artist, considered one of portraiture's preeminent figures in the first half of the 19th century.

Portrait Gallery