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A Day at the Museum
January 14, 2013 – June 2, 2013

Learn about the role of museums in the everyday lives of American artists.

Archives of American Art
Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963
December 14, 2012 – September 7, 2014

Learn how two events 100 years apart changed the course of the nation in this exhibition featuring such items as Abraham Lincoln's top hat, Harriet Tubman's shawl, and photographs of the March on Washington.

American History Museum
Nam June Paik: Global Visionary
December 13, 2012 – August 11, 2013

This exhibition offers an unprecedented view into artist Nam June Paik's creative method.

American Art Museum
Inside Insights: Photographs by the Smithsonian Community
December 10, 2012 – September 22, 2013

Winning entries from the 2012 Smithsonian Staff Photo Contest offer a deeper understanding of the Smithsonian and its talented staff.

Ripley Center
C.Maxx Stevens: House of Memory
December 1, 2012 – June 16, 2013

See how this contemporary artist addresses memory through cultural and personal symbols.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
December 1, 2012 – January 3, 2016

Learn about early Buddhist sculptures in China during the Tang dynasty through 28 objects that are on view.

Freer Gallery
Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang
December 1, 2012 – December 9, 2012

Colorful murals in a Chinese Buddhist cave temple of Dunhuang come alive with floating figures, performing musicians, and Buddhist sculpture in this hyper-real tour of one of the world's important treasures.

Sackler Gallery
Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
November 17, 2012 – February 24, 2013

The first U.S. venue of this unprecedented exhibition reveals the unknown past of the Arabian Peninsula with newly discovered artifacts from ancient trade routes stretching from Yemen in the south to Iraq and Syria in the north.

Sackler Gallery
The Civil War and American Art
November 16, 2012 – April 28, 2013

Some of the finest artwork produced during the Civil War and its aftermath illustrate the influence of this period in history on the visual arts in America.

American Art Museum
Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge
November 16, 2012 – August 18, 2013

Explore the boundaries that once defined drawing and portraiture through the works of artists Mequitta Ahuja, Mary Borgman, Adam Chapman, Ben Durham, Till Freiwald, and Rob Matthews.

Portrait Gallery
Recent Acquisitions
November 9, 2012 – October 27, 2013

See works recently aquired by the museum.

Portrait Gallery
October 29, 2012 – August 4, 2013

View DEMOCRACIA's video project Ser y Durar [To Be and to Last] about a group of traceurs performing parkour in a Madrid cemetery.

Hirshhorn Museum
Julie Buffalohead: Let the Show Begin
October 20, 2012 – April 28, 2013

See how contemporary artist Julie Buffalohead (Ponca) addresses parenting and identity using the iconography of childhood.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Inuit Art, Culture, and Environment
October 19, 2012 – December 2, 2012

See drawings, prints, tapestries, and photographs that depict the environment and culture of the Inuit.

Ripley Center
Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement
October 15, 2012 – November 3, 2013

Explore how urban waterways, such as the Anacostia River, can be both barriers and economic resources for the community.

Anacostia Community Museum
Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets
October 12, 2012 – April 28, 2013

Learn about the contribution of poetry in American literature through portraits of and quotations by such poets as Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, and Allen Ginsberg.

Portrait Gallery
Ai Weiwei: According to What?
October 7, 2012 – February 24, 2013

This major solo exhibition of works by Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei introduces viewers to his broad spectrum of artistic practice.

Hirshhorn Museum
Arctic Journeys/Ancient Memories: The Sculpture of Abraham Anghik Ruben
October 5, 2012 – January 2, 2013

View Abraham Anghik Ruben's sculptures as they give new life and expression to the myths and legends of ancient northern cultures of the North American Arctic.

American Indian Museum
Celia Cruz Portrait by Robert Weingarten
October 3, 2012 – July 5, 2015

See a composite "portrait" of legendary singer Celia Cruz (1924-2003) made up of images of objects in the museum's collection that represent her.

American History Museum
Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias
September 27, 2012 – May 12, 2013

Learn about the life and times of Clotilde Arias, who in 1946 was commissioned by the US State Department to compose an official Spanish-language translation of the national anthem.

American History Museum

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