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Circles of the World: Traditional Art of the Plains Indians
April 24, 1984 – July 15, 1984

Investigate the Southwest American Indian belief that the circle is the perfect form--a metaphor for the universe--through domestic, ceremonial, tribal, and spiritual objects organized in four concentric "circles of the world."

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Adire Cloth from Nigeria
April 23, 1984 – July 5, 1984

See examples of the indigo-dyed and patterned textiles produced by the skilled dyers among the Yoruba women of Nigeria.

African Art Museum
Oman--Heritage of a Civilization
April 18, 1984 – April 26, 1984

Discover the history of the Sultanate of Oman, the 2nd largest country in the Arabian Peninsula, from the 3rd millenium B.C. to present times through handicrafts and seafaring traditions.

Smithsonian Castle
Finished in Beauty: Southwest Indian Silver
April 17, 1984 – July 8, 1984

Admire several hundred masterworks in silver--necklaces, bracelets, earrings, concha belts, collar points, and larger items such as horse bridles--mainly Navajo, of different types and from several periods.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Variations: Musicians in Caricature, 1920-1960
April 14, 1984 – September 16, 1984

Original caricature portraits of composers, conductors, and performers show the growth in popularity of modern American music--jazz, musical theater, and popular songs.

Portrait Gallery
Japanese Fans
April 6, 1984 – October 12, 1984

See 19 Japanese fans from the Freer collection in an exhibition planned to complement one of European fans at the Renwick Gallery.

Freer Gallery
Special Installation: Glass
April 6, 1984 – September 3, 1984

See 6 pieces of contemporary glass from the permanent collection

Renwick Gallery
Northrop N-1M Flying Wing
April 5, 1984 – July 30, 1985

See the "flying wing," John K. Northrop's bright-yellow aircraft with its clean, simple design that epitomizes the technological developments that occurred during the "golden age of flight."

Air and Space Museum
Golden Age of Flight: Art Exhibition
April 5, 1984 – September 3, 1984

See thirty art works by young American artists, selected from contest entries.

Air and Space Museum
German Expressionist Sculpture
April 4, 1984 – June 17, 1984

This major loan exhibition includes more than 120 works in porcelain, wood, stone, plaster, and bronze, from 1905 to the 1920s. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Black Wings: The American Black in Aviation Black Wings: The American Black in Aviation
April 1, 1984 – August 5, 1984

See an expanded version of the exhibition circulated by SITES, including among its additional artifacts photo murals and audio-visual programs, and the flight suit worn by black astronaut Guion Bluford during preparations for his 1983 space shuttle flight.

Anacostia Community Museum
Harvey K. Littleton: Glass Sculptures and Ceramics
March 30, 1984 – September 3, 1984

Trace Littleton's evolution from studio potter to an internationally respected glass artist, recognized as the "father" of the modern studio glass movement, with these 108 objects.

Renwick Gallery
Japanese Drawings
March 16, 1984 – January 31, 1985

View 35 brush-and-ink drawings by 19th-century Japanese artists.

Freer Gallery
"Adventurous Pursuits": Americans & the Old China Trade, 1784-1844
March 16, 1984 – September 30, 1984

Celebrating the bicentennial of the opening of Sino-American trade, this exhibition includes portraits of merchants, mariners, and others by American, English, and Chinese artists, complemented by objects brought from Asia--porcelain, silk, lacquerware, carved ivory, silver, and landscape paintings.

Portrait Gallery
Exploring Microspace
March 16, 1984 – July 15, 1984

This exhibition looks at the instruments that scientists have used to explore the microscopic world and what they have found there. 

Natural History Museum
Drawings: 1974-1984
March 15, 1984 – May 13, 1984

This survey exhibition, commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Hirshhorn, includes some 150 works by 15 American and 15 foreign artists. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Chinese Paintings
March 9, 1984 – July 31, 1984

See approximately 30 paintings spanning the Sung dynasty (960-1279) through the Ch'ing dynasty (1644-1912) and including 2 recently accessioned works by Tao-chi, a 17th-century painter with a wide reputation in the West.

Freer Gallery
The North Carolina Glass Community
March 8, 1984 – May 6, 1984

Admire and purchase works selected by noted glass artist Harvey Littleton, who has a studio in North Carolina. Both one-of- a-kind and production pieces of 12 craftsmen are included.

Renwick Gallery
1983 Friends of the National Zoo Photography Contest
March 2, 1984 – March 30, 1984

See 34 photos of scenes shot at the Zoo in the FONZ annual competition.

National Zoo
Embroidered Samplers from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection
February 21, 1984 – May 27, 1984

See nearly 200 examples of 17th-through-19th century embroidered samplers from around the world, from the Cooper-Hewitt collection.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum