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At Home on the Road: Autocamping, Motels & the Rediscovery of America
November 15, 1985 – January 11, 1987

Learn how highway travel became a form of entertainment in the first half of the 20th century.

American History Museum
Magnificent Voyagers: The U.S. Exploring Expedition 1838-1842 (Wilkes Expedition)
November 14, 1985 – November 9, 1986

See fossils, minerals, plants, maps, masks, carved wooden figures, baskets, paintings, drawings, and vividly colored scientific illustrations, all from the daring, four-year voyage to South America, Pacific Islands, Antarctica, Australia.

Natural History Museum
History, Context and Materials: Objects from the Permanent Collection
November 12, 1985 – January 5, 1986

See 40 objects that demonstrate three areas of study in the field of African art: some objects were selected because they can be attributed; some objects were chosen for their content and are displayed with field photographs to show them in context; the third group illustrates the various materials and processes used to create traditional African art.

African Art Museum
Scholar-Painters of the Nanga School
November 8, 1985 – February 28, 1987

Visit 16 hand scrolls, hanging scrolls, and screens by Japanese painters of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Freer Gallery
The Golden Eye: An International Tribute to the Artisans of India
November 5, 1985 – February 23, 1986

Take in a major exhibition of crafts and products devised in collaboration between traditional artisans of India and world-famous designers from Europe and America.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Bird Carvings by Ma Hai Feng
November 1, 1985 – December 30, 1985

See nearly 20 beautifully painted woodcarvings of birds by Ma Hai Feng, an artist born in China. 

Natural History Museum
Contemporary Crafts from the Empire State
October 24, 1985 – January 31, 1986

Admire and purchase desks and serving accessories, perfume bottles, jewelry, and textiles created by 24 members of the Empire State Crafts Alliance, New York.

Renwick Gallery
Fire and Ice (Comet Art)
October 24, 1985 – March 31, 1986

Discover iconographic representations of comets through drawings, paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and sculptures, ranging from ancient Babylonian clay tablets to a 20th-century Lalique hood ornament.

Air and Space Museum
Art, Design and the Modern Corporation: The Collection of Container Corporation of America, A Gift
October 24, 1985 – January 19, 1986

Survey 150 works selected from the 311 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and collages donated by the Corporation. The works were commissioned for advertising campaigns, which focused on concepts and ideas rather than on specific products.

American Art Museum
Meisho-e: Famous Places of Japan
October 18, 1985 – February 9, 1986

Taking its name from the Japanese word for "pictures of famous places," visit an exhibition that includes some 18 examples of paintings, prints, drawings, and ceramics depicting renowned locations of the archipelago.

Freer Gallery
Selections from the Collections of Marion and Gustave Ring
October 17, 1985 – January 12, 1986

View 50 works -- 26 paintings, 12 sculptures, 11 works on paper, and one mixed-media work -- by 38 artists from this private collection.

Hirshhorn Museum
A New Romanticism: Sixteen Artists from Italy
October 3, 1985 – January 5, 1986

On loan are approximately 46 works, primarily paintings, by 16 artists, that focus on an influential direction in Italian art today -- the new mystical or metaphysical painting. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Leroy Grumman and the F-6F Hellcat
October 2, 1985 – July 4, 1988

See a newly-restored F-6F Hellcat, displayed on a simulated carrier deck, in this exhibition highlighting aircraft and spacecraft developed under the supervision of Leroy Grumman.

Air and Space Museum
The Modern Spirit: Glass from Finland
October 1, 1985 – January 5, 1986

See hundreds of examples in the first U.S. retrospective of 20th-century Finnish glass from 27 designers.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Islamic Metalwork from the Freer Collection
September 27, 1985 – November 9, 1986

Admire 37 intricately crafted examples of vessels, plates, ewers, weapons, and other objects in brass, silver, bronze, and gold that explore the technical and aesthetic development of metalwork in the Islamic world from the 7th-8th through the 17th centuries.

Freer Gallery
Discovery Theater: Past and Future
September 20, 1985 – June 30, 1986

See some 25 photographs portraying past and future productions featured at the Discovery Theater.

A&I
Paris Recorded: The Therese Bonney Collection
September 17, 1985 – December 8, 1985

View 141 photographs by an innovative American photo-journalist who worked in Paris in the 1920s.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties
September 15, 1985 – December 31, 1986

See an exhibit that showcases the flowering of literary, visual, performance, and cinematic creativity generated by black artists between the end of World War I and the early days of the Great Depression.

Anacostia Community Museum
The Guardianship of Memory: Additions to the Permanent Collection
September 14, 1985 – January 12, 1986

Visit more than 10 portraits, including images of artist Thomas Hart Benton, musician Duke Ellington, poet Ezra Pound, dancer Ted Shawn, and author Thornton Wilder.

Portrait Gallery
Drawn from the Sea: Art in the Service of Ichthyology
September 13, 1985 – January 5, 1986

See some 200 illustrations of fish dating from 1838 to 1980.

Natural History Museum