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Special Installation: Glass
April 6, 1984 – September 3, 1984

See 6 pieces of contemporary glass from the permanent collection

Renwick Gallery
Northrop N-1M Flying Wing
April 5, 1984 – July 30, 1985

See the "flying wing," John K. Northrop's bright-yellow aircraft with its clean, simple design that epitomizes the technological developments that occurred during the "golden age of flight."

Air and Space Museum
Golden Age of Flight: Art Exhibition
April 5, 1984 – September 3, 1984

See thirty art works by young American artists, selected from contest entries.

Air and Space Museum
Black Wings: The American Black in Aviation Black Wings: The American Black in Aviation
April 1, 1984 – August 5, 1984

See an expanded version of the exhibition circulated by SITES, including among its additional artifacts photo murals and audio-visual programs, and the flight suit worn by black astronaut Guion Bluford during preparations for his 1983 space shuttle flight.

Anacostia Community Museum
Harvey K. Littleton: Glass Sculptures and Ceramics
March 30, 1984 – September 3, 1984

Trace Littleton's evolution from studio potter to an internationally respected glass artist, recognized as the "father" of the modern studio glass movement, with these 108 objects.

Renwick Gallery
Japanese Drawings
March 16, 1984 – January 31, 1985

View 35 brush-and-ink drawings by 19th-century Japanese artists.

Freer Gallery
"Adventurous Pursuits": Americans & the Old China Trade, 1784-1844
March 16, 1984 – September 30, 1984

Celebrating the bicentennial of the opening of Sino-American trade, this exhibition includes portraits of merchants, mariners, and others by American, English, and Chinese artists, complemented by objects brought from Asia--porcelain, silk, lacquerware, carved ivory, silver, and landscape paintings.

Portrait Gallery
Chinese Paintings
March 9, 1984 – July 31, 1984

See approximately 30 paintings spanning the Sung dynasty (960-1279) through the Ch'ing dynasty (1644-1912) and including 2 recently accessioned works by Tao-chi, a 17th-century painter with a wide reputation in the West.

Freer Gallery
The North Carolina Glass Community
March 8, 1984 – May 6, 1984

Admire and purchase works selected by noted glass artist Harvey Littleton, who has a studio in North Carolina. Both one-of- a-kind and production pieces of 12 craftsmen are included.

Renwick Gallery
1983 Friends of the National Zoo Photography Contest
March 2, 1984 – March 30, 1984

See 34 photos of scenes shot at the Zoo in the FONZ annual competition.

National Zoo
Embroidered Samplers from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection
February 21, 1984 – May 27, 1984

See nearly 200 examples of 17th-through-19th century embroidered samplers from around the world, from the Cooper-Hewitt collection.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Equestrian Image
February 17, 1984 – April 8, 1984

View a brass sculpture that served as a finial on a large iron staff, an emblem of leadership called a "sono" by the peoples of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa.

African Art Museum
Korean Influences in Japanese Ceramics
February 17, 1984 – November 11, 1984

Visit some 25 objects from the Freer's ceramics collection that examine the enduring appeal in Japan of Punch'ong ware--Korean ceramics introduced in the 16th century.

Freer Gallery
Fanfare, Part I
February 14, 1984 – July 8, 1984

See 31 examples from the 18th century, "the Golden Age of Fans," in the first of 3 consecutive installations.

Renwick Gallery
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