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The Countess' Treasury: Gems and Curiosities from Burghley House
September 6, 1988 – November 27, 1988

Visit the Burghley collection, a rare surviving compendium of the small "treasury" pieces that used to be essential to a great nobleman's surroundings.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Sales Exhibition: Saluting Excellence
September 1, 1988 – October 9, 1988

Admire and purchase a variety of crafts by Washington-area craftspeople, all of them Creative Crafts Council award winners.

Renwick Gallery
Escape (Altar by Rudy Fernandez)
September 1, 1988 – September 30, 1988

The intricate mixture of religious, regional, and personal symbolism of this alter exemplifies the complexity of the artist's unique vision.

American Art Museum
Recent Acquisition: Hovering (Drawing by Philip Guston) Part of Drawings
September 1, 1988 – September 25, 1988

Philip Guston's provocative Hovering is a prime example of his representational paintings and drawings that shocked and dismayed the New York art world when they were first exhibited.

American Art Museum
The Instant Likeness: Polaroid Portraits
August 27, 1988 – December 4, 1988

Observe likenesses of, or works by, Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, Lucas Samaras, and David Hockney.

Portrait Gallery
European Space Agency (ESA) Exhibition
August 25, 1988 – January 20, 1989

View models and artifacts that highlight 4 space science missions of the European Space Agency.

Air and Space Museum
Recent Acquisitions (1988-89)
August 20, 1988 – January 22, 1989

See portraits of Thornton Wilder by Reginald Marsh, Katharine Hepburn by Boris Chaliapin, a self-portrait by Anders Zorn and other paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs recently acquired by the Portrait Gallery.

Portrait Gallery
Lucas Samaras: Objects and Subjects, 1969-1986
August 12, 1988 – October 16, 1988

This retrospective of 150 works surveys the broad-ranging media and themes explored by Samaras, a Greek-born American. The works span sculpture, photography, painting, and assemblage.

American Art Museum
The Year in Pictures: History Are Seen from the Mall
August 8, 1988 – January 15, 1989

View 60 black-and-white photographs documenting events that occurred on or near the Mall in between March 1987 and 1988. 

American History Museum
Composition Four: Melancholia (Painting by Raymond Jonson)
August 3, 1988 – August 31, 1988

Painted in 1926, two years after moving from Chicago to New Mexico, this is a pivotal work for Jonson, expressing emotional reactions to a particular time in his life, and is boldly nonrepresentational as well.

American Art Museum
The "Incomparable" (Zale Diamond)
August 1, 1988 – September 13, 1988

Marvel at the 407.43-carat, gold-colored diamond, the largest fancy-colored diamond in the world. 

Natural History Museum
Bledsoe Seashell Collection
August 1, 1988 – June 30, 1989

See 13 shells from the collection of the late William D. Bledsoe of Brentwood, California, who collected 9,000 sea shells over a 30-year period.  

Natural History Museum
Featured Object (by Tom Patti) Bi-axial Tubated Green Riser
August 1, 1988 – September 5, 1988

Admire a diminutive, exquisitely conceived piece that is a superb example of the artist's use of glass.

Renwick Gallery
International Art Medals (FIDEM Exhibition)
August 1, 1988 – October 1, 1988

See 200 contemporary art medals from the Federation Internationale de la Medale (FIDEM). 

American History Museum
Champions on Time
July 30, 1988 – January 28, 1990

Examine portraits of 25 major sports figures who appeared on the covers of Time magazine, including Althea Gibson, Reggie Jackson, Pete Rose, Joe Namath, Roger Staubach, Bob Mathias and Oscar Robertson.

Portrait Gallery
Art of India: Painting and Decorative Objects
July 30, 1988 – April 16, 1989

See 15 examples of art from India, including sculpture, painting, drawing, a gold coin and 2 decorative boxes exploring the stylistic and thematic directions in 13th- through 19th-century art in India.

Sackler Gallery
Aldabra: Naturalist Paradise
July 29, 1988 – May 30, 1989

Explore research done at the giant tortoise nature reserve located on these Indian Ocean islands, which are part of the Republic of the Seychelles.   

Natural History Museum
"There's No Business Like Show Business": Irving Berlin's Centennial
July 23, 1988 – January 31, 1989

The exhibition commemorates the 100th birthday of the American composer, who during his career has written some 800 songs. 

American History Museum
What Could Have Been: Unbuilt Architecture of the 80s
July 19, 1988 – October 16, 1988

View architectural designs from the 1980s, including drawings and models, of plans that have not been constructed.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Russian & Soviet Paintings: 1900-1930: From State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, & State Russian Museum
July 12, 1988 – September 25, 1988

View more than 90 paintings by 69 artists from the collections of the two largest museums of Russian and Soviet art in the U.S.S.R.  

Hirshhorn Museum