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Chicago Furniture: Art, Craft, and Industry, 1833-1983
October 12, 1984 – April 7, 1985

See 165 pieces of furniture and smaller decorative objects that document the contributions made by Chicago furniture designers and manufacturers to the artistic and cultural development of the U.S.

Renwick Gallery
Traditional Architecture of Saudi Arabia
October 10, 1984 – November 7, 1984

See 22 graphite drawings by Syrian architectural historian/artist Professor Wahbi Al-Hariri-Rifai that document diversity of architectural styles, building materials, and geographic regions in Saudi Arabia today.

Smithsonian Castle
Werner Drewes, Sixty-Five Years of Printmaking
October 5, 1984 – December 24, 1984

See 110 woodcuts, intaglios, and lithographs drawn from NMAA's extensive holdings in an exhibition that celebrates the artist's 85th birthday.

American Art Museum
Content: A Contemporary Focus, 1974-1984
October 4, 1984 – January 6, 1985

The central theme of this major exhibition is the proposition that content--a work of art's meaning in broad social and cultural contexts--has emerged as a central issue of the last ten years, challenging stylistic innovation as the chief impulse in contemporary art.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Bats on Exhibit
October 1, 1984 – December 31, 2009

Hang out with some 15 bats of 3 species -- Big Fruit, Short-tailed, and Hammerhead -- in this recently opened exhibit.

National Zoo
John Olson: Concepts for Space
September 27, 1984 – January 2, 1985

View 21 watercolors by American artist/engineer John Olson, who works at Boeing to create concepts for future space stations, satellites, heavy launch vehicles, and other space craft.

Air and Space Museum
The Art of Robert McCall
September 26, 1984 – August 5, 1985

View a major retrospective of Robert McCall highlighting his visionary paintings of cities of the future, his work on the movies 2001, The Black Hole, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and his career illustrating books and magazines.

Air and Space Museum
The Americanization of California Missions: George Sims Collection
September 14, 1984 – November 6, 1984

Some 15 objects and illustrations tracing the California Missions from their origins as Christian missions and colonial posts to modern symbols of history and romance.

American History Museum
European Modernism: Selections from the Museum's Collection
September 13, 1984 – January 13, 1985

Some 75 examples of European modernist paintings and sculptures from the permanent collection survey major movements from 1915 through the 1960s. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Thirty Years of Scientific Illustrations Drawn in the Museum of Natural History
September 7, 1984 – November 4, 1984

Visit a selection of 80 works created by Carolyn Bartlett Gast, an illustrator in the NMNH Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology. 

Natural History Museum
American Politics and the Presidency
September 7, 1984 – November 4, 1984

Admire and purchase mostly one-of-a-kind objects, conveying some 20 artists' conceptions of past, present, and future politics, as well as presidents both real and imagined.

Renwick Gallery
Golden Lion Tamarin Project
September 1, 1984 – November 30, 1984

See photographs, text, and objects used by field biologists who are captive rearing this endangered species and re-introducing it to Brazil's tropical rain forests.

National Zoo
The Mackay Emerald
September 1, 1984 – January 30, 1995

A 168-carat egg-shaped, flat emerald--believed to be the largest fine emerald ever to go on public exhibition--has been donated to NMNH.

Natural History Museum
Aviation Anniversaries: 1934, The Watershed Year in Air Transportation
September 1, 1984 – January 15, 1985

Examine models of a Sikorsky S-42 and a Douglas DC-2, aircraft considered to be far superior to their antecedents.

Air and Space Museum
Patterns and Forms in African Art
August 20, 1984 – September 16, 1984

See some 30 works examining pattern and form in four sections: body painting and body scarification; "Decorated Form," illustrating the way in which African artists shape household objects; ritual uses and qualities; and pattern in textiles.

African Art Museum
Damask
August 14, 1984 – November 4, 1984

View a selection of historic and contemporary silk, linen, and wool fabrics in damask weave.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Treasures from the Shanghai Museum: 6,000 Years of Chinese Art
August 11, 1984 – November 30, 1984

This exhibition spans Chinese art history from prehistoric to modern times. All 232 masterpieces, never before seen in the Western world, are from the Shanghai Museum.  

Natural History Museum
Design in the Service of Tea
August 8, 1984 – October 28, 1984

Appreciate more than 200 examples of tea-related designs--teapots, hot water urns, sugar bowls, caddies, spoons, infusers, and cream jugs--as well as furniture and graphics, that provide a chronological and thematic overview of the impact of tea drinking on design.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Masterpieces of Chinese Painting
August 3, 1984 – February 3, 1985

View 30 important paintings--hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, album leaves--from the Sung (960-1279) through the Ch'ing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Freer Gallery
Smokey Bear's New Honey Tree
August 1, 1984 – August 31, 1984

Marvel at an automated honey- and berry-dispensing tree constructed to mark the 40th anniversary of Smokey's becoming the symbol for prevention of forest fires.

National Zoo