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Patterns of Life: West African Stripweaving Traditions
September 28, 1987 – February 29, 1988

Trace the stylistic and technical development of West Africa's weaving traditions among the Fulbe, Soninke, Dyula, Ewe, and Yoruba people in this exhibition of 36 textiles.

African Art Museum
Royal Benin Art in the Collection of the National Museum of African Art
September 28, 1987 – February 28, 1988

View 21 objects from the permanent collection, ranging in date from the 16th to the 19th centuries, including wall plaques, altar pieces, and regalia.

African Art Museum
Images of Power and Identity
September 28, 1987 – May 31, 2004

View over 100 works of African art (wood, ivory, metal) selected from the museum's permanent collection.

African Art Museum
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics: Focus of Decoration
September 28, 1987 – April 24, 2005

See 9 ceramic vessels (in display cases) by Japanese artists who focus on innovative approaches to decoration.

Sackler Gallery
September 28, 1987 – March 31, 1988

See some 275 artifacts selected from Smithsonian museums and collections worldwide that examine the universality of the birth experience, an event which every culture in the world marks with symbolic images.

Ripley Center
Monsters, Myths and Minerals
September 28, 1987 – November 30, 1996

See over 120 Chinese jades, metalware, and ceramics from the Sackler gift.

Sackler Gallery
Nomads and Nobility: Art of the Ancient Near East
September 28, 1987 – October 26, 1992

View over 100 gold, silver, other metalware, and ivory objects from the Sackler gift, including many silver vessels such as animal-shaped rhytons and silver-and-gilt pouring vessels, or ewers.

Sackler Gallery
Temple Sculpture of South and Southeast Asia
September 28, 1987 – August 20, 1990

View 8 sculptures in bronze, schist, and granite from India, Indonesia, Cambodia, and present day Pakistan dating from the 3rd to the 14th centuries.

Sackler Gallery
Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Imagery
September 28, 1987 – August 20, 1990

See 10 sculptures in gilt, bronze, stone, and jade dating from the 2nd to the 11th centuries.

Sackler Gallery
In Praise of Ancestors: Ritual Objects from China
September 28, 1987 – January 2, 1989

View bronzes and neolithic jade from the Sackler gift, including 2 bronze vessels showing how naturalistic forms could be adapted to abstract interpretations; a dramatic graduated set of 6 bronze bells; and a silk manuscript, which is one of the most famous early Chinese documents known.

Sackler Gallery
Pavilions and Immortal Mountains: Chinese Decorative Art and Painting
September 28, 1987 – August 31, 1988

See over 200 jades, painting, lacquerware, and furniture from the Sackler gift, including Chinese paintings in three formats--hanging scrolls, handscrolls and album leaves--, and 16 articles of Chinese furniture from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Sackler Gallery
Persian and Indian Paintings: Selections from a Recent Acquisition (The Vever Collection)
September 28, 1987 – February 29, 1988

See 15 examples of painting and calligraphy from the Vever collection that offer a sampling of the collection of nearly 500 Islamic paintings and manuscripts that disappeared in the 1940s and remained unaccounted for until it was purchased by the museum.

Sackler Gallery
The Ice Age Origins of Early Man
September 24, 1987 – June 16, 1988

See tools and artifacts of the Clovis people, denizens of the Ice Age who were probably the first Americans. 

Natural History Museum
"Gold Rush" Bicycle
September 22, 1987 – April 15, 1988

See the "Gold Rush," an aerodynamically designed bicycle made of light-weight, synthetic materials, including aramid, spandex fibers, and polyester film.  

American History Museum
American Traditions in Watercolor: The Worcester Art Museum Collection
September 17, 1987 – November 22, 1987

The Worcester Art Museum possesses one of the foremost public collections of watercolors in the U.S. On view are 75 selections from their collection, including works by John La Farge, Andrew Wyeth, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, and Maurice Prendergast.

American Art Museum
The Year in Pictures
September 16, 1987 – June 1, 1988

This display of more than 60 photographs documents events that occurred on or near the National Mall during the previous year. 

American History Museum
Lucian Freud Paintings
September 15, 1987 – November 29, 1987

See 70 paintings and 14 drawings, chosen by the artist to emphasize certain themes, such as the use of particular models in nudes, portraits, and figure studies.

Hirshhorn Museum
On China: Photographs by Hiroji Kubota
September 11, 1987 – November 13, 1987

View 100 color photographs--some mural-sized--of the people and landscapes of the People's Republic of China. 

Natural History Museum
Diversity Endangered
September 1, 1987 – March 25, 1988

This exhibition, featuring 15 posters of animals and environments, offers an overview of the biological diversity issue.

Natural History Museum
Sales Exhibition: Crafts from West Virginia
September 1, 1987 – September 27, 1987

Admire and purchase crafts from West Virginia , including quilts, pottery, baskets, and other craft objects.

Renwick Gallery

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