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Selections from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest
August 7, 1986 – November 16, 1986

See some 80 paintings and sculptures of the most important works selected from the approximately 5,300 works bequeathed in 1981 by the museum's founding donor. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Pewter
August 1, 1986 – October 5, 1986

Admire and purchase a range of objects from functional to sculptural, including boxes with inlaid stones, mirrors, paperweights, candlesticks, vases, and cups.

Renwick Gallery
Chinese and Korean Ceramics
August 1, 1986 – March 15, 1987

See 18 works ranging from the late 13th to early the 12th centuries B.C. to the late 15th to the early 16th centuries A.D.

Freer Gallery
Recent Acquisitions
August 1, 1986 – September 30, 1986

View Dabrowsky V by Jacob Kainen and Black and White Tipped Flower by James Surls, two works presented in July to NMAA in honor of Mrs. Adelyn Breeskin's 90th birthday.

American Art Museum
Recent Acquisitions
August 1, 1986 – September 1, 1986

See 9 collages and box constructions by Joseph Cornell selected from 119 of his works recently given to the Joseph Cornell Study Center at NMAA.

American Art Museum
From Concept to Context: Approaches to Asian and Islamic Calligraphy
July 29, 1986 – January 31, 1987

View 55 works from the Freer collection that examine calligraphy in the art objects of 3 cultures.

Freer Gallery
Recent Acquisitions (1986-87)
July 19, 1986 – February 1, 1987

Admire a selection of portraits acquired by NPG during 1985 and 1986, including a bronze likeness of Princess Grace by sculptor Kees Verkade.

Portrait Gallery
ICE Meets Ice: International Cometary Explorer
July 11, 1986 – Closed

Discover a 1/10 scale model of NASA's ICE (International Cometary Explorer) satellite, which flew through the tail of the Giacobini-Zinner comet in September 1985.

Air and Space Museum
Air Traffic Control in the U.S.: The First 50 Years
July 6, 1986 – June 1, 1995

Examine the past, present, and future of air traffic control in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of air traffic control in the U.S.

Air and Space Museum
Ultra-Light Aircraft
July 5, 1986 – July 6, 1986

Visit eight of these lightweight craft, owned by members of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Air and Space Museum
Featured Object
July 1, 1986 – September 14, 1986

View The Unveiling of the Statue of Liberty, a wall hanging by Katherine Westphal.

Renwick Gallery
Arrangement in Yellow and Gold
July 1, 1986 – March 15, 1987

Admire 57 oil paintings by James McNeill Whistler; and the sunny yellow of the gallery walls that re-creates the ambience of Whistler's own openings.

Freer Gallery
Recent Acquisitions
July 1, 1986 – July 31, 1986

See Tom Wesselman's collage Still Life #12.

American Art Museum
Early Life: Earliest Traces of Life Early Life: Earliest Traces of Life
June 27, 1986 – April 27, 2014

An overview of the origin and early evolution of life is presented.

Natural History Museum
Davy Crockett: Gentleman from the Cane
June 14, 1986 – September 14, 1986

Get to know Crockett and his contemporaries through mementos and first editions in an exhibition that traces the transformation of a relatively obscure farmer, hunter, and politician from Tennessee into a larger than life hero.

Portrait Gallery
Natural Science Illustration -- 1986
June 9, 1986 – June 22, 1986

See more than 100 wildlife illustrations by members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, who held an international meeting June 15-20, 1996.  

Natural History Museum
Fields of Grass
June 6, 1986 – August 31, 1986

A worldwide selection of grasses is shown in drawings, watercolors, and prints executed by artists from all over the world.  

Natural History Museum
Embroidered Ship Portraits
June 3, 1986 – September 7, 1986

View some 50 embroidered "ship portraits", which, like scrimshaw, were the work of 19th-century sailors during slow times at sea.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Through Light and Shadow: Photographs by Clara Sipprell
May 23, 1986 – November 30, 1986

Visit 33 portraits by American photographer Clara Sipprell, who relied upon the effects of natural light to produce her characteristic soft-focus images.

Portrait Gallery
Treasures of Hungary: Gold & Silver from the 9th to the 19th Century
May 20, 1986 – August 10, 1986

See some 70 gold and silver objects from the National Museum in Budapest and other Hungarian collections, including spectacular personal jewelry and adornments, elegant domestic tablewares, and major examples of ecclesiastical metalwork.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum