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Arnold Genthe: The Celebrity Portraits
February 10, 1984 – March 25, 1984

Admire 60 original photographs of such celebrities as Sarah Bernhardt, Isadora Duncan, and Greta Garbo by turn-of-the-century photographer Arnold Genthe, whose distinctive work was characterized by use of soft focus and a chiaroscuro technique. 

Portrait Gallery
Artists by Themselves: Artists' Portraits from National Academy of Design
February 10, 1984 – March 25, 1984

View 72 portraits and self-portraits of major American artists from the collection of the National Academy of Design.

Portrait Gallery
Wood Carving from Zaire
February 1, 1984 – February 5, 1984

See a sculpture of a woman and child that is the only Yombe maternity figure of its kind in a public museum collection in the U.S.

African Art Museum
Netsuke: Japanese Design in Miniature
January 31, 1984 – April 8, 1984

See some 400 examples of  "netsuke"; miniature Japanese sculptures in ivory, wood, and other materials, worn from the 16th to mid-19th centuries.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Islamic Manuscript Illumination
January 27, 1984 – December 31, 1984

Admire the decoration of religious and secular manuscripts in 19 folios produced in Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan between the 10th and 16th centuries.  

Freer Gallery
The Prints of Howard Norton Cook
January 27, 1984 – May 13, 1984

Take in 66 works by Cook (1901-1980), a printmaker who worked with equal success in lithography, wood engraving, and intaglio. His varied subject matter included scenes of New York City, New England villages, and Southwest Indians. 

American Art Museum
Flexible Medium: Art Fabric from the Museum Collection
January 20, 1984 – August 18, 1985

See some 30 works that demonstrate diverse approaches by American artists to the structure and surface embellishment of textiles. 

Renwick Gallery
Etchings by the Tiepolos
January 17, 1984 – April 22, 1984

See some 50 etchings by the Teipolos--Giovannia Battista, Domenico, and Lorenzo--all selected from the Cooper-Hewitt's comprehensive collection of the works of these 18th-century Italian artists. 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
American Enterprise: 19th-Century Patent Models
January 17, 1984 – April 1, 1984

Marvel at more than 500 patent models for technological development as well as for the betterment of the quality of daily life--washing machines, heating stoves, and folding furniture, for example. 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Time and the Presidency
January 13, 1984 – January 29, 1985

See 21 likenesses of presidents selected from NPG's collection of original art work for Time magazine covers.  

Portrait Gallery
Capital Assets: Jewelry by Washington Area Artists
January 6, 1984 – March 4, 1984

Admire and purchase works in silver, gold, plastic, titanium, and cloisonne created by 21 artists. 

Renwick Gallery
"O' Write My Name": American Portraits, Harlem Heroes
December 17, 1983 – June 10, 1984

View 50 portraits of black Americans by Carl Van Vechten, noted author, critic, and photographer. 

Portrait Gallery
Contemporary Australian Ceramics
December 16, 1983 – February 26, 1984

See 78 works by 38 artists that illustrate the diversity of styles prevalent in Australian ceramics today.

Renwick Gallery
Holiday Tree for the Birds
December 12, 1983 – January 2, 1984

A large Norway spruce, bedecked with lights and edible treats for birds and squirrels by Friends of the National Zoo, has become an annual holiday attraction for Zoo visitors, both feathered and non-feathered.  

National Zoo
Sawtooths & Other Ranges of Imagination: Contemporary Art of Idaho
December 1, 1983 – February 20, 1984

Documenting the fine arts in Idaho, this exhibition presents 41 works by 28 artists--paintings, sculptures, assemblages, collages, prints, drawings, and paper constructions.   

American Art Museum
African Islam
November 30, 1983 – April 22, 1984

See more than 100 works of art that explore the interaction of Islam and traditional African life.

African Art Museum
Masterpieces from Versailles: Three Centuries of Portraiture
November 11, 1983 – January 8, 1984

On loan from France's national portrait collection are 43 paintings dating from the reign of Louis XIII (1610-1643) to the final years of the monarchy under Emperor Napoleon III (1851-1871). 

Portrait Gallery
Russel Wright: American Designer
November 4, 1983 – March 4, 1984

Survey the work of one of the first industrial designers to break away from European dominance in design in these 250 examples of furniture, flatware, ceramics, glassware, serving pieces, fabrics, period photographs, and archival material.

Renwick Gallery
The Amsterdam School: Dutch Expressionist Architecture, 1915-1930
November 1, 1983 – February 5, 1984

Visit more than 100 architectural drawings and a small selection of furniture and photographs in an exhibition that marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Michel de Klerk, foremost Dutch architectural draftsman of the 20th century and central figure of the Amsterdam School.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Art of the European Goldsmith: Silver from the Schroder Collection
November 1, 1983 – January 22, 1984

Visit 79 silver and silver-gilt objects from the notable collection of the Schroder family of Great Britain. Most of the pieces are from the Renaissance and Mannerist periods and include ceremonial and display plates (cups, trays, bowls, platters, and ecclesiastical vessels). 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum