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The Art of Louis Paul Jonas
July 2, 1983 – August 28, 1983

View 75 wildlife miniatures by Jonas (1894-1971), who was one of the nation's foremost animal sculptors and taxidermists. 

Natural History Museum
Colorful Kite Tales
June 21, 1983 – September 19, 1983

See photographs and drawings that illustrate 15 kite stories.

Air and Space Museum
Friedel Dzubas
June 16, 1983 – August 14, 1983

The first complete Dzubas retrospective comprises 45 works, including his early "calligraphic" work of 1949; all-black canvases; and bold monumental color abstractions of recent years.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Americans in Brittany and Normandy: 1860-1910
June 10, 1983 – August 14, 1983

Understand the "plein air" style of painting the beaches and countryside through 118 paintings that focus on Americans who were attracted to the art colonies at Pont Aven and Giverny.

American Art Museum
June 9, 1983 – October 1, 1997

Visit a gallery that demonstrates what we have learned about radiant energy from the sun and other stars through the use of space astronomy satellites.

Air and Space Museum
"Mr. Sully, Portrait Painter": Works of Thomas Sully (1783-1872)
June 3, 1983 – September 5, 1983

Visit a major exhibition that includes 81 paintings and drawings representative of the major phases of Sully's seven decades as a working artist: a sampling of his early miniatures; masterpieces of his maturity; and paintings after photographs done at the close of his career.

Portrait Gallery
The Courtyard of El Haram, the Great Mosque of Mecca
June 2, 1983 – August 9, 1983

Walk through an audiovisual unit representing the courtyard of the Great Mosque, with animated figures and recorded narration that demonstrate and explain Muslim religious practices from dawn to dusk.

Natural History Museum
Heritage of Islam (Muslim Treasures)
June 2, 1983 – September 5, 1983

Celebrate the 14th centennial of Islam, its history and its legacy to the Western world through 250 objects assembled from museums and private collections of 25 countries.

Natural History Museum
Silk Screen Mandalas by Kamal Boullata
June 2, 1983 – September 5, 1983

View 12 contemporary artworks in the Islamic visual tradition. The artist, Kamal Boullata, uses geometric patterns created by the repetition of certain words to re-create Arabic mandalas (ideograms). 

Natural History Museum
African Art in Color
May 18, 1983 – October 16, 1983

See 67 objects that explore polychromy in traditional African art.

African Art Museum
From the Earth: African Ceramic Art
May 18, 1983 – October 9, 1983

View 84 objects made from clay, representing the ceramic art styles of 28 cultures from 19 African nations.

African Art Museum
Joseph Stella: The HMSG Collection
May 12, 1983 – July 17, 1983

Trace the full range of Stella's stylistic evolution through 34 works, from his early realistic manner through the colorful dynamic Futurism for which he is best known to his late symbolism.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Urban Documents: 20th-Century American Prints
May 10, 1983 – September 4, 1983

See 75 architectural prints by 35 artists that represent a range of perception and scope.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Silk Route and the Diamond Path (Buddhist Art)
May 6, 1983 – June 30, 1983

Buddhist bronze, stone, and terra cotta sculptures; paintings; and ritual objects dating from the 7th century to the present comprise this exhibition of over 130 rare works. 

Natural History Museum
American Artists and their Craft
May 6, 1983 – October 30, 1983

Admire a changing exhibition of the work of American artists and craftmen.

Renwick Gallery
Canes and Walking Sticks
May 3, 1983 – July 24, 1983

See some 200 canes and sticks that survey the range of design and materials used in fashioning these accessories.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Japanese Masks from the Noh Theater and Kyogen Performances
May 1, 1983 – May 31, 1983

In conjunction with the Performing Arts' World Explorer performance and demonstration, on view are Japanese masks used in the Noh dance theater, and in the Kyogen, satirical interludes during intermissions in the Noh theater. 

Natural History Museum
California Flora: Botanical Watercolors by Mary Foley Benson
April 30, 1983 – June 26, 1983

Approximately 45 works by illustrator Benson represent the flora of California.  

Natural History Museum
Portraits in Black: Outstanding Americans of Negro Origin
April 17, 1983 – August 21, 1983

See 36 portraits, as well as biographical information and memorabilia, of blacks who made significant contributions in the fields of civil rights, law, education, medicine, the military, and the arts.

Anacostia Community Museum
Pre-Islamic Metalwork from the Near East
April 16, 1983 – April 15, 1984

View 24 objects in silver, gold, and bronze, made in Iran and Egypt, from the 4th century B.C. to the 6th century A.D., including Sassanian Iran (224-651) and 9 gold objects from Egypt.

Freer Gallery