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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
Chinese Gold and Silver from the Tang Dynasty
February 5, 1985 – April 21, 1985

See more than 70 masterworks, selected from American collections, created between 618 and 907 A.D., a "Golden Age" marked by growth and prosperity and the opening of China's doors to the outside world.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Fabled Cloth: Batik from Java's North Coast
January 29, 1985 – April 28, 1985

See approximately 60 batiks dating from about 1850 through the 1940s that illustrate the international influences on this traditional Indonesian art form.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Fanfare, Part III (19th- and 20th-Century Fans)
January 25, 1985 – July 21, 1985

View 30 19th- and 20th-century fans from the NMAA collection, including examples of Chinese Export, hand screens, lace, and painted styles. This is the final segment of a 3-part exhibition.

Renwick Gallery
From the Hand of Mani: Iranian Paintings from the Freer
January 19, 1985 – April 28, 1985

See 32 pages representing the Freer's finest Iranian manuscripts that show the development of an Iranian idiom in manuscript painting between the 14th and 16th centuries.

Freer Gallery
'Peace and Friendship': Indian Peace Medal in the United States
January 18, 1985 – April 21, 1985

View 86 medals that trace their use as essential instruments of U.S. policy and as a notable facet of American portraiture.

Portrait Gallery
1905 - 1985: 80 Years of Aerospace History
January 16, 1985 – June 30, 1985

See 10 photographs portraying great events in aerospace history, including the flight of the 1st seaplane, the 1st spacewalk (by a Russian), and the 1stAmerican spacewalk.

Air and Space Museum
Sharing Traditions: Five Black Artists in 19th-Century America
January 15, 1985 – April 7, 1985

Visit 49 oil paintings and sculptures by artists who contributed significantly to the mainstream of American art.

American Art Museum
Affordable Frills
January 10, 1985 – April 28, 1985

Admire and purchase jewelry created by 20 contemporary American craftsmen -- necklaces, pins, and earrings made of silk, plastic, glass, titanium, ceramic, and silver.

Renwick Gallery
Japanese Calligraphy
December 21, 1984 – November 3, 1985

Visit 14 hanging and hand scrolls and album leaves that feature traditional styles of Japanese writing and cursive styles developed during the 8th through the 12th centuries.

Freer Gallery
Akan Funerary Commemorative Head
December 14, 1984 – April 14, 1985

See a head, a figurative pottery piece made by the Akan peoples of southern Ghana, possibly used at the formal funeral of a member of royalty.

African Art Museum