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Aditi: A Celebration of Life
June 4, 1985 – July 28, 1985

This exhibition features more than 1,500 objects is complemented by some 40 performing artists, craftspeople and performers. 

Natural History Museum
Animals Native to India
June 1, 1985 – August 31, 1985

See animals from India throughout the zoo: Indian sarus, Indian elephant, Bengal tigers, leopards, Indian spot-bill duck, red (lesser) pandas, bintarong, sloth bears, lion-tailed macaque, Eld's deer, and hoopoe bird.

National Zoo
The Riza-i Abbasi Album (Masterpieces of Iranian Drawing)
June 1, 1985 – September 2, 1985

View 27 drawings, many of them signed and dated by or attributable to Riza-i Abbasi (also known as Aga Riza), acknowledged by art historians to have been among the greatest artists of Iran's Safavid empire (1502-1736).

Freer Gallery
Fossil Mammals: Mammals in the Limelight Fossil Mammals: Mammals in the Limelight
May 30, 1985 – April 27, 2014

This exhibition focuses on the spectacular evolution of mammals as the dominant class of vertebrates following the extinction of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago.

Natural History Museum
Preview of Permanent Invertebrate Exhibition
May 23, 1985 – October 30, 1985

Visit 7 displays, each featuring a different type of creature.

National Zoo
Timeless Sources: Rare Books in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum
May 21, 1985 – October 6, 1985

View selected volumes of illustrated rare books on design, chosen from the Cooper-Hewitt collection of more than 3,000 volumes dating from the 16th through the 20th centuries.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Chicago Furniture: Art, Craft and Industry, 1833-1983
May 21, 1985 – August 25, 1985

Examine 165 pieces of furniture and decorative objects in a survey of the major trends and innovations of furniture design and manufacture in Chicago.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recent Acquisitions: Prints, Drawings and Watercolors
May 17, 1985 – December 8, 1985

Discover 49 works on paper that illustrate the range and depth of recent additions to the NMAA collection.

American Art Museum
The Arts of South Asia
May 15, 1985 – December 1, 1985

See some 70 objects, ranging in date from the 2nd century B.C. through the 18th century, that offer a complete survey of the Freer's painting, sculpture, and decorative art from the Indian subcontinent.

Freer Gallery
Duala Cameroon Boat
May 10, 1985 – June 20, 1985

See a dugout canoe model made by the Duala people of the Cameroon's coastal forests used for sea fishing.

African Art Museum
Architecture in Silver
May 3, 1985 – July 29, 1985

Admire silver coffee and tea services designed by 11 internationally known architects, executed by Italian silversmiths.

Renwick Gallery
Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler
May 3, 1985 – August 18, 1985

See 84 lithotints executed by the American expatriate artist, including delicately washed views of the Thames, depictions of London and its tradesmen, and portraits of family and friends.

American Art Museum
Architects Design for the Tabletop
May 2, 1985 – August 25, 1985

Admire and purchase dinnerware, serving pieces, fabrics, and decorative accessories designed by such architects as Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, Robert Siegel, and Robert Venturi.

Renwick Gallery
Dimensional Rapture
May 1, 1985 – June 16, 1985

See a mini-exhibition of 13 three-dimensional works created from "found objects" by members of a local art sorority, Eta Phi Sigma.

Anacostia Community Museum
Material Evidence: New Color Techniques in Handmade Furniture
April 26, 1985 – September 22, 1985

View 23 pieces of handcrafted furniture created by 19 contemporary woodworkers who were invited to explore the design possibilities of Formica Corporation's new solid color laminate, Colorcore.

Renwick Gallery
The Glazed Ceramic Tradition of Seto and Mino Wares
April 26, 1985 – January 12, 1986

Follow the evolution of glazed wares in neighboring pottery districts during Japan's medieval period through a number of rare early pieces, as well as by representative Momoyama period (1568-1615) wares.

Freer Gallery
Anthropological Illustrations by George Robert Lewis
April 20, 1985 – May 10, 1985

Take in a retrospective exhibition of illustrations by George Robert Lewis of the NMNH Dept. of Anthropology. 

Natural History Museum
A Truthful Likeness: Chester Harding and His Portraits
April 12, 1985 – September 2, 1985

Admire 60 portraits by Harding, a backwoodsman with no formal education, who became one of America's most successful portrait painters in the era after Gilbert Stuart.

Portrait Gallery
William Edward West: Kentucky Painter
April 12, 1985 – June 16, 1985

See 40 portraits in the first major study of the ante-bellum painter

Portrait Gallery
African Masterpieces from the Musee de L'Homme
April 8, 1985 – June 9, 1985

View 100 world-renowned works of art from West and Central Africa, most of which have never been on display outside of France.

African Art Museum