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Close Observations: The Oil Sketches of Frederic Edwin Church
April 29, 1980 – July 27, 1980

See more than 100 oil sketches which served as a basis for later landscape paintings by the 19th-century artist.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
French Tradition in Belgium Today: Carnival Costumes from Belgium and Marionettes from Liege
April 25, 1980 – June 27, 1980

See some 25 figures, ranging from costumed male figures central to local celebrations to the traditional Harlequin and Pierrot; from the permanent collection of the Musee de la Vie Wallone, Liege.

Renwick Gallery
Traditional Marionettes in French Belgium Today
April 23, 1980 – July 27, 1980

Delight in 53 costumed marionettes about half the size of their live counterparts. Both rod and string puppets are included.  

Renwick Gallery
Jefferson Davis Portrait
April 18, 1980 – June 30, 1980

View a recently acquired portrait, a gift of Davis' great- grandchildren.  

Portrait Gallery
Fossil Plants and Animals: The Conquest of Land Fossil Plants and Animals: The Conquest of Land
April 17, 1980 – April 27, 2014

This exhibition focuses on the earliest plants and animals that evolved the complex adaptations needed to live on land.

Natural History Museum
Appliqued Textiles of the Dahomey Kingdom
April 15, 1980 – December 14, 1980

View 18 colorful textile hangings, traditional symbols of power in the royal courts of the Fon people of the Republic of Benin (formerly Dahomey). A Fon royal palace courtyard is re-created in the exhibition gallery.

African Art Museum
Spectacular Spaces: Drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection
April 8, 1980 – June 1, 1980

View unusual, unconventional, and sometimes fanciful architectural drawings of exterior and interior spaces by designers from the 16th-20th centuries.  

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Walter Quirt: Early Works
April 4, 1980 – August 3, 1980

View 50 paintings, drawings, and political cartoons by the Midwestern surrealist 

American Art Museum
Recent Gift Acquisitions (African Art)
April 1, 1980 – May 15, 1980

View figures, masks, and musical instruments from the Senufo, Babara, Baga, Dan, Yoruba, and Luba peoples of West and Central Africa.

African Art Museum
The Year of the Monkey
April 1, 1980 – February 1, 1981

Enjoy different representations of the monkey as seen in 13 Japanese and Chinese screens, scrolls, and lacquerware from the 16th and 19th centuries.

Freer Gallery
New Glass
March 21, 1980 – August 24, 1980

See 272 contemporary objects including goblets, neon sculpture, vases, a baptismal font, bowls, glass sculpture, and stained glass, selected for their aesthetic qualities by an international panel of judges. 

Renwick Gallery
Three Glass Masters and Students
March 21, 1980 – June 8, 1980

Admire and purchase glass objects created by Dominick Labino, Marvin Lipofsky and Harvey K. Littleton and their students, American craftsmen whose work is included in the current New Glass exhibition at the Renwick.

Renwick Gallery
Masterworks of Korean Art
March 19, 1980 – October 3, 1980

View 48 pieces of ceramics with celadon and other glazes, metalwork, and a small group of paintings from the 3rd and 1st centuries B.C. to the 15th century. 

Freer Gallery
Waiting for the Hour: The Emancipation Proclamation
March 3, 1980 – February 8, 1981

This small exhibition takes its name from a painting on loan from the White House, Watch Meeting--December 31, 1862--Waiting for the Hour. The oil by William Tolman Carlton portrays slaves waiting for the appointed hour of their liberation on New Year's Eve.  

Portrait Gallery
The S.S. (Space Ship) Pussiewillow II
March 1, 1980 – 1990

Enjoy a whimsical machine by inventor-sculptor Rowland Emett, who is known worldwide for his intricate machines that whirr, spin, flash, sway, and quiver, going nowhere, doing nothing, poking fun at technology.

Air and Space Museum
Georg Jensen Silversmithy: 77 Artists, 75 Years
February 29, 1980 – July 6, 1980

View 150 pieces of flatware, jewelry, hollowware, and decorative accessories designed for the Danish firm since 1904. Objects range from clocks and candelabara to pipe tampers and cane handles. 

Renwick Gallery
A Century of Ceramics in the United States, 1878-1978
February 26, 1980 – May 25, 1980

Visit a variety of ceramics styles, philosophies, and techniques illustrated by some 200 examples of the work of major potters, designers, and craftsmen.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Time: Arts and Entertainment (Part III)
February 22, 1980 – January 4, 1981

See the 3rd exhibition of selections from the Time Magazine Cover collection, focusing on portraits of persons in the arts and entertainment, as did the second show. 

Portrait Gallery
The American Renaissance, 1876-1917
February 22, 1980 – April 20, 1980

Created during a period when Americans identified themselves as spiritual heirs of the European Renaissance, these 300 works include architectural models, plans, drawings, photographs, paintings, murals, sculpture, glass, bookbinding, jewelry, furniture, fabrics, and wallpaper.

American Art Museum
Recent Acquisitions: Prints, Drawings and Watercolors
February 8, 1980 – May 16, 1982

Visit approximately 55 works on paper including etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, drawings, and watercolors acquired during the past 2 years by gift, bequest or purchase.  

American Art Museum