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The Tibetan Yak in Art and Craft
June 23, 1984 – November 4, 1984

See 29 objects associated with the yak, a long-haired bovine that occupies an important position in Tibetan life. Included are items used in the preparation of yak-butter tea, a Tibetan staple, as well as an 18th-century painting of a yak by British artist George Stubbs.

Renwick Gallery
African Mankala
June 20, 1984 – October 7, 1984

See 27 sculptured gameboards and 11 related objects that depict the vital visual forms of Africa's popular game, mankala.

African Art Museum
Manhattan Skyline: New York Skyscrapers Between the Wars
June 12, 1984 – September 23, 1984

Celebrate the development and design of skyscrapers in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s through drawings, vintage photographs, models, and some examples of architectural ornament.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Artistic Collaboration in the Twentieth Century
June 9, 1984 – August 19, 1984

View more than 100 works by 70 teams of artists, both American and European, between 1913 and 1983, including Gilbert and George, Ernst and Arp, and Picasso and Dali. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Erastus Salisbury Field: 1805-1900
June 8, 1984 – September 4, 1984

View 73 portraits by one of America's preeminent 19th-century naive painters who lived and worked most of his life in the Connecticut River Valley.

Portrait Gallery
Erastus Salisbury Field: 1805-1900
June 8, 1984 – September 4, 1984

View 29 paintings and drawings in a major retrospective exhibition of one of America's preeminent 19th-century naive painters.

American Art Museum
Recently Acquired Chinese Ceramics
June 1, 1984 – June 30, 1984

See 8 pieces selected from the recently acquired collection of ancient Chinese ceramics.

Freer Gallery
Photographic Portraits of North American Indians in the Gallery of the Smithsonian
June 1, 1984 – January 15, 1985

See some 260 photographs of Native Americans, re-creating both the content and the ambience of the 1860s exhibition in the Smithsonian Castle, which marked the beginning of the SI collection of Native American portrait photographs.  

Natural History Museum
Advancing American Art: Politics and Aesthetics in the U.S. State Department
June 1, 1984 – October 8, 1984

See 73 oils and watercolors in a partial reconstruction of an exhibition organized by the State Department as the cultural arm of postwar reconstruction programs abroad.

American Art Museum
Prints 1960-1970/Selections from Collection
May 25, 1984 – December 9, 1984

Marvel at 38 works that document a new involvement in printmaking by prominent painters, many of them associated with the "pop" and "Op" movements, as well as a spirit of experimentation that characterized the period.

American Art Museum
Ethiopia: The Art of a Christian Nation
May 23, 1984 – August 5, 1984

See 18 painted wood icons that form the nucleus of an exhibition that illustrates the stylistic evolution of Ethiopian religious art.

African Art Museum
Exposed and Developed: Photography Sponsored by the NEA
May 18, 1984 – October 8, 1984

Visit 126 works by 64 photographers, selected from the 1300 transferred to NMAA by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1981.

American Art Museum
James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art
May 11, 1984 – December 2, 1984

Visit nearly 300 paintings, watercolors, pastels, drawings, and prints by James McNeill Whistler as part of the observance of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Freer Gallery
Artisans in Metal: New Work from Boston University
May 10, 1984 – July 22, 1984

Admire and purchase approximately 40 objects created by both students and faculty of the school.

Renwick Gallery
President Harry S. Truman Centennial: The Berlin Airlift
May 8, 1984 – March 31, 1986

View photographs and memorabilia from the Berlin airlift, highlighting the role of the Truman Administration.

Air and Space Museum
Visual Space in Music: Drawings by John De Cesare
May 1, 1984 – August 5, 1984

See some 50 pencil drawings, notable for their outstanding draftsmanship and use of vibrant color, that express De Cesare's personal theory of the relationship between art and music.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Australia/Asia Exhibit
May 1, 1984 – October 1, 2006

Visit tree kangaroos, rat kangaroos, echidnas, and Prevost's squirrels, whose native habitat is Australia, New Zealand, and neighboring islands in the South Pacific.

National Zoo
Wood Works: Constructions by Robert Indiana
May 1, 1984 – September 3, 1984

See approximately 31 constructions by the contemporary American pop artist. Created from materials salvaged from New York City demolition debris, the works contain complex references to literary or historical figures, world events, or to his own paintings.

American Art Museum
Roger Tory Peterson: 50th Anniversary of "A Field Guide to the Birds of North America"
April 27, 1984 – September 3, 1984

View some 100 works by the artist/naturalist Roger Tory Peterson, honoring the 50th anniversary of the publication of A Field Guide to the Birds of North America

Natural History Museum
Edward Colonna, American Art Nouveau Designer
April 27, 1984 – August 19, 1984

See approximately 134 examples of furniture, glass, jewelry, textiles, and design drawings, highlighted by pieces he created in the 1890s in Paris.

Renwick Gallery