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Shadow Sites: Recent Work by Jananne al-Ani
August 25, 2012 – February 10, 2013

Inspired by archival archaeological and aerial photographs, as well as contemporary news reportage, al-Ani has created a new body of video works that examines enduring representations of the Middle Eastern landscape.

Sackler Gallery
Julia Child’s Kitchen
August 15, 2012 – November 19, 2012

See Julia Child's kitchen, which contains hundreds of tools, appliances, and furnishings arranged exactly as they were when she donated the kitchen to the museum in 2001.

American History Museum
Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan
August 11, 2012 – December 2, 2012

Devoted entirely to the nomadic culture of ancient Kazakhstan, this landmark exhibition dispels the notion that nomadic societies are less developed than sedentary ones through more than 150 objects, many never before shown in the United States.

Sackler Gallery
Decorated Musical Instruments
August 9, 2012 – October 21, 2012

See decorated musical instruments from the museum's collection.

American History Museum
Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture
August 4, 2012 – August 11, 2013

This banner exhibition highlights Native people who have been active participants in contemporary music for nearly a century.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
In Memoriam: Gore Vidal
August 3, 2012 – August 29, 2012

See a portrait of author Gore Vidal (1925-2012).

Portrait Gallery
Experience Civil War Photography: From the Home Front to the Battlefront
August 1, 2012 – July 7, 2013

See stereo-view (3-D) photographs from the Civil War to learn how Americans experienced the conflict.

Smithsonian Castle
Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran
July 28, 2012 – September 16, 2012

See 50 of the finest folios and paintings from the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery collections, which form one of the world's most important repositories of Mughal and Persian paintings.

Sackler Gallery
Landsat: Four Decades of Earth Observation
July 23, 2012 – August 20, 2012

Learn how the Landsat satellite series has monitored changes on the Earth's surface since 1972.

Air and Space Museum
40 under 40: Craft Futures
July 20, 2012 – February 3, 2013

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, the museum presents works by 40 artists under the age of 40.

Renwick Gallery
When Time and Duty Permit: Collecting During World War II
July 14, 2012 – April 28, 2013

Learn about the Smithsonian's contribution to the war effort in the Pacific during World War II and the contributions of American soldiers to the collections of the National Museum of Natural History.

Natural History Museum
Fascinating—Endangered RHINO
July 14, 2012 – April 28, 2013

See how Smithsonian Libraries supports work to save the endangered rhinoceros and its habitat.

Natural History Museum
In Memoriam: Andy Griffith
July 9, 2012 – August 2, 2012

See a portrait of actor Andy Griffith (1926-2012), star of The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, by Art Shay.

Portrait Gallery
Directions: Antonio Rovaldi
July 6, 2012 – January 13, 2013

View The Opening Day, a video installation by Antonio Rovaldi, and become part of whatever destructive game is being played.

Hirshhorn Museum
Pushing Boundaries: Portraits by Robert Weingarten
July 2, 2012 – October 14, 2012

View Robert Weingarten's photo biographies, which are composites of images that his subjects have identified as representing who they are.

Ripley Center
Korean Tea Bowls for Japan
July 1, 2012 – August 20, 2013

View Korean tea bowls that were favored in the Japanese avant-garde tea ceremony known as wabicha.

Freer Gallery
One Life: Amelia Earhart
June 29, 2012 – May 27, 2013

Portraits of aviator Amelia Earhart tell the story of her career and pay special attention to her work on behalf of women's rights.

Portrait Gallery
Black Box: Jeroen Eisinga
June 28, 2012 – October 14, 2012

Watch Jeroen Eisinga's Springtime (2009–11), in which he is enveloped by bees.

Hirshhorn Museum
The Six Degrees of Peggy Bacon
June 27, 2012 – November 25, 2012

See how many degrees separate illustrator Peggy Bacon and others in the art world in this exhibition.

Archives of American Art
Gifts to the Collection: 1987-2012
June 23, 2012 – December 15, 2012

See a selection of gifts, including scholar's rocks and seals, made by subsequent benefactors to the Sackler Gallery.

Sackler Gallery

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