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From the Hand of Mani: Iranian Paintings from the Freer
January 19, 1985 – April 28, 1985

See 32 pages representing the Freer's finest Iranian manuscripts that show the development of an Iranian idiom in manuscript painting between the 14th and 16th centuries.

Freer Gallery
'Peace and Friendship': Indian Peace Medal in the United States
January 18, 1985 – April 21, 1985

View 86 medals that trace their use as essential instruments of U.S. policy and as a notable facet of American portraiture.

Portrait Gallery
1905 - 1985: 80 Years of Aerospace History
January 16, 1985 – June 30, 1985

See 10 photographs portraying great events in aerospace history, including the flight of the 1st seaplane, the 1st spacewalk (by a Russian), and the 1stAmerican spacewalk.

Air and Space Museum
Sharing Traditions: Five Black Artists in 19th-Century America
January 15, 1985 – April 7, 1985

Visit 49 oil paintings and sculptures by artists who contributed significantly to the mainstream of American art.

American Art Museum
Affordable Frills
January 10, 1985 – April 28, 1985

Admire and purchase jewelry created by 20 contemporary American craftsmen -- necklaces, pins, and earrings made of silk, plastic, glass, titanium, ceramic, and silver.

Renwick Gallery
Japanese Calligraphy
December 21, 1984 – November 3, 1985

Visit 14 hanging and hand scrolls and album leaves that feature traditional styles of Japanese writing and cursive styles developed during the 8th through the 12th centuries.

Freer Gallery
Akan Funerary Commemorative Head
December 14, 1984 – April 14, 1985

See a head, a figurative pottery piece made by the Akan peoples of southern Ghana, possibly used at the formal funeral of a member of royalty.

African Art Museum
Christmas Tree Decorated by Associates in 1984
December 9, 1984 – January 1, 1985

See holiday decorations in the Great Hall including the Christmas tree decorated with handcrafted ornaments made locally, and collected from the U.S. and abroad.

Smithsonian Castle
Recent Acquisitions (1984-85)
December 8, 1984 – April 21, 1985

View approximately 55 works of art--prints and drawings, sculpture and paintings--in a selection of portraits of influential Americans acquired for the permanent collection during the past year.

Portrait Gallery
Aerial Firefighting
December 7, 1984 – Closed

Trace the history of aerial firefighting in the U.S. through more than 35 historical photographs and film footage of an actual mission that explain the important role of aircraft in the constant battle against wildfires.

Air and Space Museum
Homage to Franz Kline: Photographs by Aaron Siskind
December 7, 1984 – February 24, 1985

Celebrate the friendship between Siskind and Kline through 48 photographs, selected from The Homage to Franz Kline series.

American Art Museum
American Bison
December 1, 1984 – October 31, 2004

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the National Zoo again has an exhibition of American plains bison - two 1,500-pound females, aged 13 and 18 years.

National Zoo
Early Flight: 1900-1911 (Wright's Photography Collection)
November 28, 1984 – December 30, 1984

Take in 56 photographs from the Wright brothers' personal photograph collection of their flying machine, many of which were taken by the brothers themselves,

Air and Space Museum
Embellished Calendars: An Illustrated History
November 20, 1984 – February 24, 1985

View more than 100 picture calendars, dating from the 13th century to the present, that show how their embellishment has been affected by changing tastes, styles, and technologies.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Focus on Flight: Four Decades of Aerial Photography (Rudy Arnold and Hans Groenhoff)
November 16, 1984 – September 2, 1985

View 100 photographs by Rudy Arnold and Hans Groenhoff, featuring record-setting events and aircraft in their surroundings, that portray aviation from the mid-1920s through the 1950s.

Air and Space Museum
The de Havilland DH-4 (from "Flaming Coffin" to Living Legend)
November 16, 1984 – June 30, 1985

This aircraft, the most used U.S. combat aircraft in World War I, was on view in the Arts and Industries Building for many years. Its recently completed restoration required over 4,000 man-hours.

Air and Space Museum
People and Places, Selections from the Collection
November 16, 1984 – April 14, 1985

Visit a selection of 60 works from the permanent collection including lithographs, woodcuts, paintings on paper, drawings, and etchings.

American Art Museum
Metropolitan Opera Centennial: A Photographic Album
November 15, 1984 – February 10, 1985

Enjoy131 photographs of Pavoratti and Puccini, Carusco and Callas, Scotti, and Sills, as well as the chorus and stagehands, audiences, and first-nighters.

Portrait Gallery
Miguel Covarrubias Caricatures
November 15, 1984 – February 10, 1985

Delight in 84 drawings and paintings of celebrities of the 1920s and 1930s by the Mexican-born satiric artist, many of which appeared in Vanity Fair and The New Yorker magazines.

Portrait Gallery
Kyoto Ceramics
November 15, 1984 – April 21, 1985

See 25 pieces of ceramic ware from Kyoto, characterized by witty design, refined workmanship, and colorful enamel decoration.

Freer Gallery