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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
Dreams and Nightmares: Utopian Visions in Modern Art
December 8, 1983 – February 12, 1984

A major loan exhibition of 136 works by 62 artists casts a sidelong glance at George Orwell's 1984 as we actually enter that year. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Nepal
December 1, 1983 – June 10, 1984

Featured are some twenty objects from Nepal, most dating from the 1940s and 1950s. 

Natural History Museum
Sawtooths & Other Ranges of Imagination: Contemporary Art of Idaho
December 1, 1983 – February 20, 1984

Documenting the fine arts in Idaho, this exhibition presents 41 works by 28 artists--paintings, sculptures, assemblages, collages, prints, drawings, and paper constructions.

American Art Museum
African Islam
November 30, 1983 – April 22, 1984

See more than 100 works of art that explore the interaction of Islam and traditional African life.

African Art Museum
Masterpieces from Versailles: Three Centuries of Portraiture
November 11, 1983 – January 8, 1984

On loan from France's national portrait collection are 43 paintings dating from the reign of Louis XIII (1610-1643) to the final years of the monarchy under Emperor Napoleon III (1851-1871).

Portrait Gallery
Precious Legacy: Judaic Treasures from Czechoslovak State Collections
November 9, 1983 – January 1, 1984

On loan from the Czechoslovak State Jewish Collection in Prague, these religious and secular objects were amassed by the Nazis, through confiscation, to show the material culture of the "race" Hitler wished to annihilate. 

Natural History Museum
Mammalia Africana
November 5, 1983 – January 2, 1984

View sketches and drawings of animals of Africa by Jonathan Kingdon, a scientific illustrator associated with the Department of Zoology, Oxford University.  

Natural History Museum
Russel Wright: American Designer
November 4, 1983 – March 4, 1984

Survey the work of one of the first industrial designers to break away from European dominance in design in these 250 examples of furniture, flatware, ceramics, glassware, serving pieces, fabrics, period photographs, and archival material.

Renwick Gallery
Ban Chiang: Discovery of a Lost Bronze Age (Thailand)
November 2, 1983 – January 31, 1984

Some 200 objects are presented in this major exhibition on the ancient culture in the area now known as Ban Chiang in northeastern Thailand.  

Natural History Museum