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"So Much Need of Service" – The Diary of a Civil War Nurse
April 22, 2011 – July 29, 2011

The experiences of Civil War nurse Amanda Akin -- revealed through her diary -- reflect the sacrifices of millions of Americans who contributed to the war effort.

American History Museum
Directions: Grazia Toderi Directions: Grazia Toderi
April 21, 2011 – October 23, 2011

Using computer animation to manipulate her images, Italian artist Grazia Toderi creates video projections that are like frescoes of light.

Hirshhorn Museum
Nature's Best 2010 Photography Awards: Windland Smith Rice International Awards Nature's Best 2010 Photography Awards: Windland Smith Rice International Awards
April 16, 2011 – September 25, 2011

On view are winners in various categories from the 2010 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

Natural History Museum
Jazz Treasures Jazz Treasures
April 14, 2011 – May 31, 2012

To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in April, this case features Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet,Tony Bennet's oil painting of Ella Fitzgerald, and other jazz artifacts.

American History Museum
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warriors: Photographs by Gertrude Käsebier Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warriors: Photographs by Gertrude Käsebier
April 13, 2011 – June 15, 2011

See some 60 photographs of Sioux Indians from Buffalo Bill's Wild West show taken by photographer Gertrude Käsebier (1852-1934).

Ripley Center
Capital Portraits: Treasures from Washington Private Collections, 1730-2010 Capital Portraits: Treasures from Washington Private Collections, 1730-2010
April 8, 2011 – September 5, 2011

This exhibition presents portraits-- many on view for the first time -- that reside in private Washington, D.C., collections.

Portrait Gallery
Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt Preview Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt Preview
April 5, 2011 – November 16, 2011

Preview of the museum's largest exhibition of ancient Egyptian mummies and artifacts. Full exhibition opened Nov. 17, 2011.

Natural History Museum
Black Box: Laurent Grasso Black Box: Laurent Grasso
April 4, 2011 – August 14, 2011

See two of Laurent Grasso's video works that depict strange interfaces between the natural world and humankind.

Hirshhorn Museum
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
March 29, 2011 – May 31, 2011

On view are archival materials related to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the world’s first integrated all-female big band.

American History Museum
History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011 History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011
March 25, 2011 – July 31, 2011

This exhibition features works by four extraordinary artists, who are creating works of superior craftsmanship that address the classic craft notion of function without sacrificing a contemporary aesthetic: Cliff Lee, Matthias Pliessnig, Judith Schaecter, Ubaldo Vitali.

Renwick Gallery
Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows
March 19, 2011 – September 5, 2011

Some 54 works by internationally renowned glass artist Preston Singletary (Tlingit) illustrate his evolution as an artist over the past two decades.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Perspectives: Lu Chunsheng Perspectives: Lu Chunsheng
March 19, 2011 – July 17, 2011

The video History of Chemistry I by renowned Chinese photographer and video artist Lu Chunsheng is on view.

Sackler Gallery
Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay
March 18, 2011 – June 19, 2011

Explore fashion and textile designs from Sonia Delaunay's Atelier Simultané in Paris in the 1920s through 1940s.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Sweet & Sour Sweet & Sour
March 17, 2011 – February 11, 2013

Learn about the evolution of Chinese food in the U.S. and the long history of Chinese immigration in this case.

American History Museum
COBOL COBOL
March 17, 2011 – February 11, 2013

Learn about COBOL, or Common Business Oriented Language, one of the first computer-programming languages to run successfully on different brands of computers, in this case.

American History Museum
To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America
March 11, 2011 – September 5, 2011

The exhibition features approximately 50 paintings, drawings, and photographs by Ault and his contemporaries, including the well-known artists Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, as well as recently rediscovered painters Edward Biberman and Dede Plummer.

American Art Museum
Calder's Portraits: A New Language Calder's Portraits: A New Language
March 11, 2011 – August 14, 2011

Featured are Alexander Calder's three-dimensional wire portraits alongside contemporary documents by other artists.

Portrait Gallery
SPANS: Photographs from the Esther McCoy Papers at the Archives of American Art SPANS: Photographs from the Esther McCoy Papers at the Archives of American Art
March 9, 2011 – June 5, 2011

Artist Terence Gower uses archival photographs in the Esther McCoy Papers and his own drawings in this innovative, site-specific installation in dialogue with the glass canopy of the Kogod Courtyard.

Archives of American Art
Small Spirits: Dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian Small Spirits: Dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian
March 5, 2011 – July 19, 2012

Dolls from Native cultures throughout the Western Hemisphere are on view.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan
February 26, 2011 – July 31, 2011

Majestic 6th-century Chinese Buddhist sculpture is combined with 21st-century 3D-imaging technology in this exploration of one of the most important groups of Buddhist devotional sites in early medieval China.

Sackler Gallery