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Indian Shawls in America
August 1, 1986 – May 31, 1988

Trace the popular history of shawls--from its beginning in India to its fashion success in America in the 18th century. 

American History Museum
Beguiling the Babies: Photographing Children in the 19th Century
July 31, 1986 – August 1, 1987

This exhibition shows the evolution of photographic portraits of children from the early days of photography to the turn of the century. 

American History Museum
From Concept to Context: Approaches to Asian and Islamic Calligraphy
July 29, 1986 – January 31, 1987

View 55 works from the Freer collection that examine calligraphy in the art objects of 3 cultures.

Freer Gallery
Recent Acquisitions (1986-87)
July 19, 1986 – February 1, 1987

Admire a selection of portraits acquired by NPG during 1985 and 1986, including a bronze likeness of Princess Grace by sculptor Kees Verkade.

Portrait Gallery
The Hospital in Service of the City
July 18, 1986 – October 31, 1986

See photos and documents commemorating the people, service, and facilities of New York's Bellevue Hospital, in continuous operation for over 250 years.  

American History Museum
ICE Meets Ice: International Cometary Explorer
July 11, 1986 – Closed

Discover a 1/10 scale model of NASA's ICE (International Cometary Explorer) satellite, which flew through the tail of the Giacobini-Zinner comet in September 1985.

Air and Space Museum
Air Traffic Control in the U.S.: The First 50 Years
July 6, 1986 – June 1, 1995

Examine the past, present, and future of air traffic control in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of air traffic control in the U.S.

Air and Space Museum
Ultra-Light Aircraft
July 5, 1986 – July 6, 1986

Visit eight of these lightweight craft, owned by members of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Air and Space Museum
Featured Object
July 1, 1986 – September 14, 1986

View The Unveiling of the Statue of Liberty, a wall hanging by Katherine Westphal.

Renwick Gallery
Arrangement in Yellow and Gold
July 1, 1986 – March 15, 1987

Admire 57 oil paintings by James McNeill Whistler; and the sunny yellow of the gallery walls that re-creates the ambience of Whistler's own openings.

Freer Gallery
Recent Acquisitions
July 1, 1986 – July 31, 1986

See Tom Wesselman's collage Still Life #12.

American Art Museum
Motorcycles and Motorcyclists, 1900-1940
July 1, 1986 – September 7, 1987

See 6 historic motorcycles, 30 photos and documents, and tools and gear commemorating a century of the motorcycle's service to society. 

American History Museum
Early Life: Earliest Traces of Life Early Life: Earliest Traces of Life
June 27, 1986 – April 27, 2014

An overview of the origin and early evolution of life is presented.

Natural History Museum
Patent Pending: Models of Invention
June 20, 1986 – February 20, 1987

This historical introduction to patenting celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Patent Act of 1836, which marked the beginning of the modern patent process. 

American History Museum
Invention and Enterprise
June 20, 1986 – November 16, 1986

This exhibition consists of 10 objects from the museum's collections which illustrate the development process of an invention--from its inception to its success as a commercial product. 

American History Museum
Davy Crockett: Gentleman from the Cane
June 14, 1986 – September 14, 1986

Get to know Crockett and his contemporaries through mementos and first editions in an exhibition that traces the transformation of a relatively obscure farmer, hunter, and politician from Tennessee into a larger than life hero.

Portrait Gallery
Natural Science Illustration -- 1986
June 9, 1986 – June 22, 1986

See more than 100 wildlife illustrations by members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, who held an international meeting June 15-20, 1996.  

Natural History Museum
Fields of Grass
June 6, 1986 – August 31, 1986

A worldwide selection of grasses is shown in drawings, watercolors, and prints executed by artists from all over the world.  

Natural History Museum
Embroidered Ship Portraits
June 3, 1986 – September 7, 1986

View some 50 embroidered "ship portraits", which, like scrimshaw, were the work of 19th-century sailors during slow times at sea.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Excellent Mr. Ray
June 3, 1986 – August 29, 1986

This exhibition celebrates the 300th anniversary of the publication of John Ray's book, Historia Planetarum, the first scientific work on botany. 

American History Museum