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Photography and Architecture: 1839-1939
July 26, 1983 – October 16, 1983

View more than 170 photographs that chronicle aspects of the history of architecture through photography, and, conversely, the history of photography as shown in architectural records.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Artist and Patron (1875-1942)
July 8, 1983 – November 27, 1983

See a small exhibition that includes photographs, papers, letters and personal notebooks documenting the art patron's support of American artists-- support which culminated in the creation of the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Portrait Gallery
Scandinavian Modern 1880-1980
July 8, 1983 – October 10, 1983

Document the history of Scandinavian design during the last century with more than 330 works--furniture, ceramics, glass, metalwork, and textiles--from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Renwick Gallery
Crafts from Maine
July 7, 1983 – October 2, 1983

Admire and purchase jewelry, utilitarian ceramics, and textiles. 

Renwick Gallery
Japanese Portraiture
July 2, 1983 – April 1, 1984

Visit a selection of 18 portraits and imaginary portraits by Japanese painters of the 13th to 19th centuries. 

Freer Gallery
Japanese Porcelain
July 2, 1983 – March 11, 1984

See 33 examples of white ceramics, reserved for summer use, that were produced at Arita, Japan's great porcelain center from the 17th through the 19th century.

Freer Gallery
Colorful Kite Tales
June 21, 1983 – September 19, 1983

See photographs and drawings that illustrate 15 kite stories.

Air and Space Museum
Americans in Brittany and Normandy: 1860-1910
June 10, 1983 – August 14, 1983

Understand the "plein air" style of painting the beaches and countryside through 118 paintings that focus on Americans who were attracted to the art colonies at Pont Aven and Giverny.

American Art Museum
Stars
June 9, 1983 – October 1, 1997

Visit a gallery that demonstrates what we have learned about radiant energy from the sun and other stars through the use of space astronomy satellites.

Air and Space Museum
"Mr. Sully, Portrait Painter": Works of Thomas Sully (1783-1872)
June 3, 1983 – September 5, 1983

Visit a major exhibition that includes 81 paintings and drawings representative of the major phases of Sully's seven decades as a working artist: a sampling of his early miniatures; masterpieces of his maturity; and paintings after photographs done at the close of his career. 

Portrait Gallery
African Art in Color
May 18, 1983 – October 16, 1983

See 67 objects that explore polychromy in traditional African art.

African Art Museum
From the Earth: African Ceramic Art
May 18, 1983 – October 9, 1983

View 84 objects made from clay, representing the ceramic art styles of 28 cultures from 19 African nations.

African Art Museum
Urban Documents: 20th-Century American Prints
May 10, 1983 – September 4, 1983

See 75 architectural prints by 35 artists that represent a range of perception and scope.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
American Artists and their Craft
May 6, 1983 – October 30, 1983

Admire a changing exhibition of the work of American artists and craftmen. 

Renwick Gallery
Canes and Walking Sticks
May 3, 1983 – July 24, 1983

See some 200 canes and sticks that survey the range of design and materials used in fashioning these accessories.  

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Portraits in Black: Outstanding Americans of Negro Origin
April 17, 1983 – August 21, 1983

See 36 portraits, as well as biographical information and memorabilia, of blacks who made significant contributions in the fields of civil rights, law, education, medicine, the military, and the arts.

Anacostia Community Museum
Pre-Islamic Metalwork from the Near East
April 16, 1983 – April 15, 1984

View 24 objects in silver, gold, and bronze, made in Iran and Egypt, from the 4th century B.C. to the 6th century A.D., including Sassanian Iran (224-651) and 9 gold objects from Egypt. 

Freer Gallery
Faberge: Jeweler to Royalty
April 15, 1983 – July 10, 1983

See more than 200 works by Peter Carl Faberge, Russian master jeweler, including hardstone carvings of animals; flower studies in gold, enamel, and rock crystal; table top accessories ranging from letter openers to miniature picture frames; and Easter eggs exchanged among members of the Russian royal family.  

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Charles Hawthorne: The Late Watercolors
April 15, 1983 – September 5, 1983

Verging on the abstract, these 64 watercolors represent an almost unknown aspect of the work of Hawthorne (1872-1930), a portraitist and a landscapist closely associated with the Provincetown (Mass.) artists' colony. 

American Art Museum
Portraits on a Page of History: The Career of James B. Longacre (1794-1869)
April 9, 1983 – October 10, 1983

Trace the development of the American artist's multi-faceted career as engraver, portraitist, and illustrator and chief engraver to the U.S. Mint.  

Portrait Gallery