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American Rectangular Land Survey System
December 6, 1985 – January 8, 1986

Mark the bicentennial of the 1785 Land Ordinance enacted by the Continental Congress to ensure a fair and rapid settlement of the American wilderness through the 11 artifacts in this exhibition. 

American History Museum
The Graphic Works of George Elbert Burr (1859-1939)
December 3, 1985 – May 11, 1986

See 78 prints, drawings, and etchings by Burr, known as "the etcher of the American desert," selected from the 250 works in the NMAA collection.

American Art Museum
"Horse" by Deborah Butterfield
December 1, 1985 – April 30, 1986

See Deborah Butterfield's sculpture Horse, a work in wire and steel. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Getting Dressed: Fashionable Appearance 1750-1800
December 1, 1985 – April 11, 1988

See some 45 articles of clothing and accessories worn by elite Anglo-American men and women, as well as 25 depictions of the garments and people of the period. 

American History Museum
British Ceramics in Maryland, 1750-1800
December 1, 1985 – April 3, 1988

View some 125 examples of creamware, pearlware, black basalt, and other styles produced by Josiah Wedgwood, Thomas Whieldon, and other potters primarily of Staffordshire, England. 

American History Museum
Conversations With Another World: Romaine Brooks in the National Museum of American Art
November 29, 1985 – March 19, 1986

See 37 drawings from the NMAA collection by the expatriate artist who died in France in 1971.

American Art Museum
Go Well, My Child: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee in Collaboration with Alan Paton
November 26, 1985 – January 5, 1986

View 80 black-and-white prints by Constance Stuart Larrabee, an American photographer born in South Africa, with captions from the classic novel Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton.

African Art Museum
Gaston Lachaise: Portrait Sculpture
November 22, 1985 – February 16, 1986

Visit more than 60 portrait sculptures by French-born Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935), most of them executed in the U.S. in the 1920s and 1930s.

Portrait Gallery
Artists on Paper: Prints, Photographs and Drawings from NPG Collection
November 22, 1985 – February 16, 1986

Portraits and self-portraits of eminent American artists represented in the NPG collection.

Portrait Gallery
Focusing on Art: Peter A. Juley & Son
November 22, 1985 – September 30, 1986

Visit 30 photographs selected from the 127,000 photographic negatives comprising the NMAA Juley Collection. Believed to be the largest single photographic record of American art, the collection is particularly valuable because it often contains the only surviving visual record of the original state of many works of art.

American Art Museum
After the Revolution: Everyday Life in America, 1780-1800
November 18, 1985 – March 3, 2002

This exhibition illuminates the communities and the lives of several well-documented families in the 1780s and 1790s -- the first generation of people to live in the newly created United States of America.

American History Museum
Treasures from the Land: 12 New Zealand Craftsmen and Their Native Materials
November 15, 1985 – March 9, 1986

See 70 works by New Zealand craftsmen including woven hangings of natural wool, carved and painted gourds, sculptural ceramic vessels, Maori feather capes, a carved ceremonial doorway, and delicate jewelry of inlaid woods, precious metals, and minerals.

Renwick Gallery
At Home on the Road: Autocamping, Motels and the Rediscovery of America
November 15, 1985 – January 11, 1987

Learn how highway travel became a form of entertainment in the first half of the 20th century.

American History Museum
Magnificent Voyagers: The U.S. Exploring Expedition 1838-1842 (Wilkes Expedition)
November 14, 1985 – November 9, 1986

See fossils, minerals, plants, maps, masks, carved wooden figures, baskets, paintings, drawings, and vividly colored scientific illustrations, all from the daring, four-year voyage to South America, Pacific Islands, Antarctica, Australia.

Natural History Museum
History, Context and Materials: Objects from the Permanent Collection
November 12, 1985 – January 5, 1986

See 40 objects that demonstrate three areas of study in the field of African art: some objects were selected because they can be attributed; some objects were chosen for their content and are displayed with field photographs to show them in context; the third group illustrates the various materials and processes used to create traditional African art.

African Art Museum
The Old Farmer's Almanacs
November 11, 1985 – January 31, 1986

See 18 almanacs of Robert B. Thomas's The Old Farmer's Almanac, dating from 1793, recently donated. 

American History Museum
Scholar-Painters of the Nanga School
November 8, 1985 – February 28, 1987

Visit 16 hand scrolls, hanging scrolls, and screens by Japanese painters of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Freer Gallery
The Golden Eye: An International Tribute to the Artisans of India
November 5, 1985 – February 23, 1986

Take in a major exhibition of crafts and products devised in collaboration between traditional artisans of India and world-famous designers from Europe and America.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Origins of Contemporary Advertising: Selling Soda 1890s-1970s (Pepsi Collection)
November 2, 1985 – July 7, 1986

See advertising memorabilia, including some 50 labels, signs, magazine ads, and soda bottles.

American History Museum
Bird Carvings by Ma Hai Feng
November 1, 1985 – December 30, 1985

See nearly 20 beautifully painted woodcarvings of birds by Ma Hai Feng, an artist born in China. 

Natural History Museum