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The Equestrian Image
February 17, 1984 – April 8, 1984

View a brass sculpture that served as a finial on a large iron staff, an emblem of leadership called a "sono" by the peoples of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa.

African Art Museum
Korean Influences in Japanese Ceramics
February 17, 1984 – November 11, 1984

Visit some 25 objects from the Freer's ceramics collection that examine the enduring appeal in Japan of Punch'ong ware--Korean ceramics introduced in the 16th century.

Freer Gallery
Fanfare, Part I
February 14, 1984 – July 8, 1984

See 31 examples from the 18th century, "the Golden Age of Fans," in the first of 3 consecutive installations.

Renwick Gallery
Arnold Genthe: The Celebrity Portraits
February 10, 1984 – March 25, 1984

Admire 60 original photographs of such celebrities as Sarah Bernhardt, Isadora Duncan, and Greta Garbo by turn-of-the-century photographer Arnold Genthe, whose distinctive work was characterized by use of soft focus and a chiaroscuro technique.

Portrait Gallery
Artists by Themselves: Artists' Portraits from National Academy of Design
February 10, 1984 – March 25, 1984

View 72 portraits and self-portraits of major American artists from the collection of the National Academy of Design.

Portrait Gallery
Wood Carving from Zaire
February 1, 1984 – February 5, 1984

See a sculpture of a woman and child that is the only Yombe maternity figure of its kind in a public museum collection in the U.S.

African Art Museum
Art from Italy: A Selection from the Museum's Collection
February 1, 1984 – April 8, 1984

More than 50 works represent a cross-section of Italian painting and sculpture, primarily from the postwar years.  

Hirshhorn Museum
The Art of Cameroon
February 1, 1984 – June 17, 1984

A crossroads for the migrations of many peoples, the diversity of Cameroon's population is reflected in the great variety and richness of art forms. Objects from the steppes and the forest are shown, but the primary focus of the exhibition is the art of the West African kingdoms of the Cameroon grassfields.

Natural History Museum
Netsuke: Japanese Design in Miniature
January 31, 1984 – April 8, 1984

See some 400 examples of "netsuke"; miniature Japanese sculptures in ivory, wood, and other materials, worn from the 16th to mid-19th centuries.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Islamic Manuscript Illumination
January 27, 1984 – December 31, 1984

Admire the decoration of religious and secular manuscripts in 19 folios produced in Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan between the 10th and 16th centuries.

Freer Gallery
The Prints of Howard Norton Cook
January 27, 1984 – May 13, 1984

Take in 66 works by Cook (1901-1980), a printmaker who worked with equal success in lithography, wood engraving, and intaglio. His varied subject matter included scenes of New York City, New England villages, and Southwest Indians.

American Art Museum
Flexible Medium: Art Fabric from the Museum Collection
January 20, 1984 – August 18, 1985

See some 30 works that demonstrate diverse approaches by American artists to the structure and surface embellishment of textiles.

Renwick Gallery
Etchings by the Tiepolos
January 17, 1984 – April 22, 1984

See some 50 etchings by the Teipolos--Giovannia Battista, Domenico, and Lorenzo--all selected from the Cooper-Hewitt's comprehensive collection of the works of these 18th-century Italian artists.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
American Enterprise: 19th-Century Patent Models
January 17, 1984 – April 1, 1984

Marvel at more than 500 patent models for technological development as well as for the betterment of the quality of daily life--washing machines, heating stoves, and folding furniture, for example.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Time and the Presidency
January 13, 1984 – January 29, 1985

See 21 likenesses of presidents selected from NPG's collection of original art work for Time magazine covers.

Portrait Gallery
The Nazca Lines
January 6, 1984 – April 15, 1984

See 60 black-and-white aerial photographs by Marilyn Bridges offer creative interpretation of the enormous ancient earth designs and drawings executed by the Nazca Indians of Peru. 

Natural History Museum
Capital Assets: Jewelry by Washington Area Artists
January 6, 1984 – March 4, 1984

Admire and purchase works in silver, gold, plastic, titanium, and cloisonne created by 21 artists.

Renwick Gallery
"O' Write My Name": American Portraits, Harlem Heroes
December 17, 1983 – June 10, 1984

View 50 portraits of black Americans by Carl Van Vechten, noted author, critic, and photographer.

Portrait Gallery
Contemporary Australian Ceramics
December 16, 1983 – February 26, 1984

See 78 works by 38 artists that illustrate the diversity of styles prevalent in Australian ceramics today.

Renwick Gallery
Holiday Tree for the Birds
December 12, 1983 – January 2, 1984

A large Norway spruce, bedecked with lights and edible treats for birds and squirrels by Friends of the National Zoo, has become an annual holiday attraction for Zoo visitors, both feathered and non-feathered.

National Zoo