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Discovery Theater Art & Writing Contest Winners
April 1, 1985 – September 19, 1985

View more than 30 paintings, drawings, stories, and poems selected from over 4,500 entries submitted by Washington area students in the Discovery Theater Art and Writing Contests.

A&I
20th-Century Drawings from the Museum's Collection
April 1, 1985 – June 6, 1985

This installation of 30 works on paper includes works by Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Larry Rivers. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Thomas Hart Benton Mural
April 1, 1985 – June 30, 1985

A major mural painting, Thomas Hart Benton's Achelous and Hercules is considered a splendid example of the artist's ability to raise the American experience to the level of myth.

American Art Museum
Creation & Renewal: Views of Cotopaxi by Frederic Edwin Church
March 29, 1985 – July 14, 1985

Engage with 37 paintings, oil sketches, and drawings of the Ecuadorian volcano, Cotopaxi, in an exhibition that documents the artist's sustained involvement with one theme and demonstrates his scientific beliefs.

American Art Museum
The Natural History Building: A Visual Memoir
March 16, 1985 – May 27, 1985

Take a look back with 90 photographs commemorating the 75th anniversary of the opening of the museum to the public.

Natural History Museum
Japanese Dolls of Festivity and Friendship
March 15, 1985 – May 27, 1985

In honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival, take in a selection of some 12 dolls traditionally associated with Girls' and Boys' Day Festivals in Japan.  

Natural History Museum
Old Master Prints from the Wallerstein Collection
March 5, 1985 – May 26, 1985

Enjoy 120 prints, including works by Durer, Rembrandt, and Schongauer, in an exhibition organized by 3 institutions that were beneficiaries of donations by Leo Wallerstein and his heirs.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
N'Debele Beadwork
March 1, 1985 – April 30, 1985

View articles--mostly aprons--incorporating the striking geometric designs created by women of southern African villages.

African Art Museum
From Zoo to Art: Animal Subjects by American Sculptors
March 1, 1985 – October 14, 1985

Examine the animal as a subject for 19th- and 20th-century American artists in 51 sculptures and works on paper from NMAA's collection.

American Art Museum
Thomas Paine: A Hero Scorned
February 21, 1985 – August 11, 1985

See likenesses of Paine in this small exhibition including a portrait by John Wesley Jarvis as well as caricatures by British, French, and American satiric artists.

Portrait Gallery
Jim Dine: Five Themes
February 20, 1985 – April 28, 1985

View 5 sculptures (2 that have been especially constructed for HMSG show) and 63 paintings, drawings, and mixed-media works, in a mid- career retrospective.  

Hirshhorn Museum
The Four Continents
February 19, 1985 – May 12, 1985

See works in pottery, porcelain, metal, glass, ivory, and horn as well as drawings and prints--all fanciful images of the continents--selected from the James Hazen Hyde collection in the Cooper-Hewitt and other museums.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Joseph Wright, American Artist (1756-1793)
February 15, 1985 – June 9, 1985

Visit some 30 paintings and graphics survey the career of the artist, the first American-born student at the Royal Academy of Art, London.

Portrait Gallery
White House Families: Life Magazine Photographs of Presidential Children
February 15, 1985 – April 1, 1985

Survey the photographs of the 23 surviving offspring of Presidents of the United States taken by photographer Harry Benson for LIFE magazine's November 1984 issue.

Portrait Gallery
Life: The Second Decade, 1946-1955
February 15, 1985 – May 12, 1985

Recall the major historical events and famous figures of the era as well as the lives, fads, rituals, and costumes of ordinary people through 200 vintage photographic prints from LIFE magazine's photo archives.

American Art Museum
Cut Paper
February 12, 1985 – May 12, 1985

View more than 150 examples of cut and pin-pricked paper, dating from the 17th century to the present, drawn mainly from the Cooper-Hewitt collection in this international exhibition.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Ming Dynasty Calligraphy and Painting
February 8, 1985 – September 2, 1985

View 25 hand and hanging scrolls executed by 40 artists of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) that present comparisons between calligraphy and painting.

Freer Gallery
The Preservation of the Wright Flyer
February 8, 1985 – June 13, 1985

The Wright brothers' Flyer, usually on view in Milestones of Flight, is being restored, in the first extensive work to be done on the Flyer since Orville Wright prepared it for exhibition in 1916.

Air and Space Museum
Chinese Gold and Silver from the Tang Dynasty
February 5, 1985 – April 21, 1985

See more than 70 masterworks, selected from American collections, created between 618 and 907 A.D., a "Golden Age" marked by growth and prosperity and the opening of China's doors to the outside world.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Conservation of Modern Art
February 2, 1985 – March 31, 1985

See 17 modern works from the collection, including paintings, works on paper, and sculpture, which have undergone conservation treatments. 

Hirshhorn Museum