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SPANS: Photographs from the Esther McCoy Papers at the Archives of American Art SPANS: Photographs from the Esther McCoy Papers at the Archives of American Art
March 9, 2011 – June 5, 2011

Artist Terence Gower uses archival photographs in the Esther McCoy Papers and his own drawings in this innovative, site-specific installation in dialogue with the glass canopy of the Kogod Courtyard.

Archives of American Art
Small Spirits: Dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian Small Spirits: Dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian
March 5, 2011 – July 19, 2012

Dolls from Native cultures throughout the Western Hemisphere are on view.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan
February 26, 2011 – July 31, 2011

Majestic 6th-century Chinese Buddhist sculpture is combined with 21st-century 3D-imaging technology in this exploration of one of the most important groups of Buddhist devotional sites in early medieval China.

Sackler Gallery
Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977 Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977
February 24, 2011 – May 15, 2011

This exhibition is the first survey of artworks in the United States by postwar German painter Blinky Palermo.

Hirshhorn Museum
Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels
February 18, 2011 – July 4, 2011

Explore the historical significance of Van Cleef & Arpels's contributions to jewelry design in the 20th century with more than 350 works, including jewels, timepieces, fashion accessories, and objects d'art.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Quicktake: Tangible Earth
February 18, 2011 – March 18, 2011

Tangible Earth, the world's first interactive digital globe, shows dynamic changes in the world using interactive technology.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Seasons: Arts of Japan Seasons: Arts of Japan
February 5, 2011 – February 12, 2012

See how seasonal associations permeate Japanese art and culture.

Freer Gallery
Seasons: Tea Seasons: Tea
February 5, 2011 – June 24, 2012

View examples of tea utensils that embody seasonal changes.

Freer Gallery
Close to Home: Photographers and Their Families Close to Home: Photographers and Their Families
February 4, 2011 – July 24, 2011

This exhibition presents 32 color and black-and-white photographs from the museum's permanent collection made during the past three decades by nine established and emerging artists: Tina Barney, Virginia Beahan, Christopher Dawson, Muriel Hasbun, Martina Lopez, Elaine O'Neil, Larry Sultan, Margaret Strickland, and Carrie Will.

American Art Museum
Artists in Dialogue 2: Sandile Zulu and Henrique Oliveira Artists in Dialogue 2: Sandile Zulu and Henrique Oliveira
February 2, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Observe two artists creating site-specific works in response to each other's style and artworks.

African Art Museum
Orchids: A View from the East Orchids: A View from the East
January 29, 2011 – April 24, 2011

This year's orchid exhibition showcases a variety of exotic live orchids that testify to the Chinese love for this enchanting plant.

Natural History Museum
GRAB GRAB
January 29, 2011 – July 31, 2011

Photographs document the Laguna Pueblo tradition of Grab Day, a community-wide prayer of abundance, thanks, and renewal.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
The Orchid in Chinese Painting The Orchid in Chinese Painting
January 15, 2011 – July 17, 2011

The orchid -- a symbol of friendship, loyalty, and patriotism -- is the focus of 20 Chinese paintings on view.

Sackler Gallery
R.C. Gorman: Early Prints and Drawings, 1966-1974 R.C. Gorman: Early Prints and Drawings, 1966-1974
January 13, 2011 – May 1, 2011

See 28 early drawings and lithographs by Navajo artist R.C. Gorman (1931-2005) that foreshadow the monumental women and Indian madonnas that brought the artist international acclaim.

American Indian Museum
Portraits of John F. Kennedy
January 8, 2011 – January 8, 2012

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration, the museum displays five portraits of Kennedy.

Portrait Gallery
The Kennedys 50 Years Ago The Kennedys 50 Years Ago
January 3, 2011 – April 10, 2011

On view are nine photographs of the Kennedys taken by Richard Avedon for Harpers Bazaar.

American History Museum
Seasons: Japanese Screens Seasons: Japanese Screens
December 24, 2010 – January 22, 2012

Visit a selection of seasonal Japanese screens from the nearly 200 screens held by the Freer Gallery.

Freer Gallery
Seasons: Chinese Landscapes Seasons: Chinese Landscapes
December 18, 2010 – June 12, 2011

Explore the moods evoked in seasonal Chinese landscape paintings.

Freer Gallery
A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861-1896 A Gateway to the 19th Century: The William Steinway Diary, 1861-1896
December 17, 2010 – April 8, 2011

Steinway's diary -- with the first entry beginning just eight days after the first shots of the Civil War were fired -- spans 36 years of one of the most dynamic periods in American history.

American History Museum
The Experience of a Lifetime: The Maid of Cotton Story, 1939-1993 The Experience of a Lifetime: The Maid of Cotton Story, 1939-1993
December 9, 2010 – March 25, 2011

On view in several cases are photographs and other archival materials that illustrate the 54-year history of the Maid of Cotton beauty pageant.

American History Museum