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Architects Design for the Tabletop
May 2, 1985 – August 25, 1985

Admire and purchase dinnerware, serving pieces, fabrics, and decorative accessories designed by such architects as Charles Gwathmey, Richard Meier, Robert Siegel, and Robert Venturi.

Renwick Gallery
Dimensional Rapture
May 1, 1985 – June 16, 1985

See a mini-exhibition of 13 three-dimensional works created from "found objects" by members of a local art sorority, Eta Phi Sigma.

Anacostia Community Museum
Rainbow 'round My Shoulder: Al Jolson Centennial
May 1, 1985 – November 13, 1985

Over 35 objects, including photos, books, record albums, and music sheets, are on view in honor of the 100th anniversary of Al Jolson's birth. 

American History Museum
Rural Electrification
May 1, 1985 – July 30, 1985

See 16 photographs, documents, and objects highlighting the 50 years since the Rural Electrification Administration was established. 

American History Museum
Material Evidence: New Color Techniques in Handmade Furniture
April 26, 1985 – September 22, 1985

View 23 pieces of handcrafted furniture created by 19 contemporary woodworkers who were invited to explore the design possibilities of Formica Corporation's new solid color laminate, Colorcore.

Renwick Gallery
The Glazed Ceramic Tradition of Seto and Mino Wares
April 26, 1985 – January 12, 1986

Follow the evolution of glazed wares in neighboring pottery districts during Japan's medieval period through a number of rare early pieces, as well as by representative Momoyama period (1568-1615) wares.

Freer Gallery
Anthropological Illustrations by George Robert Lewis
April 20, 1985 – May 10, 1985

Take in a retrospective exhibition of illustrations by George Robert Lewis of the NMNH Dept. of Anthropology. 

Natural History Museum
Saving Our Soil: 50 Years
April 13, 1985 – June 30, 1985

Over 25 documents, photographs, and objects celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Soil Conservation Service.  

American History Museum
A Truthful Likeness: Chester Harding and His Portraits
April 12, 1985 – September 2, 1985

Admire 60 portraits by Harding, a backwoodsman with no formal education, who became one of America's most successful portrait painters in the era after Gilbert Stuart.

Portrait Gallery
William Edward West: Kentucky Painter
April 12, 1985 – June 16, 1985

See 40 portraits in the first major study of the ante-bellum painter

Portrait Gallery
African Masterpieces from the Musee de L'Homme
April 8, 1985 – June 9, 1985

View 100 world-renowned works of art from West and Central Africa, most of which have never been on display outside of France.

African Art Museum
Discovery Theater Art & Writing Contest Winners
April 1, 1985 – September 19, 1985

View more than 30 paintings, drawings, stories, and poems selected from over 4,500 entries submitted by Washington area students in the Discovery Theater Art and Writing Contests.

A&I
20th-Century Drawings from the Museum's Collection
April 1, 1985 – June 6, 1985

This installation of 30 works on paper includes works by Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Larry Rivers. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Thomas Hart Benton Mural
April 1, 1985 – June 30, 1985

A major mural painting, Thomas Hart Benton's Achelous and Hercules is considered a splendid example of the artist's ability to raise the American experience to the level of myth.

American Art Museum
American Anthem: An Exhibition of Songs and Symbols of American History
March 30, 1985 – October 31, 1985

Follow American history from the Revolutionary period through the 1940s with artifacts and music.  

American History Museum
Creation & Renewal: Views of Cotopaxi by Frederic Edwin Church
March 29, 1985 – July 14, 1985

Engage with 37 paintings, oil sketches, and drawings of the Ecuadorian volcano, Cotopaxi, in an exhibition that documents the artist's sustained involvement with one theme and demonstrates his scientific beliefs.

American Art Museum
The Natural History Building: A Visual Memoir
March 16, 1985 – May 27, 1985

Take a look back with 90 photographs commemorating the 75th anniversary of the opening of the museum to the public.

Natural History Museum
Japanese Dolls of Festivity and Friendship
March 15, 1985 – May 27, 1985

In honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival, take in a selection of some 12 dolls traditionally associated with Girls' and Boys' Day Festivals in Japan.  

Natural History Museum
Old Master Prints from the Wallerstein Collection
March 5, 1985 – May 26, 1985

Enjoy 120 prints, including works by Durer, Rembrandt, and Schongauer, in an exhibition organized by 3 institutions that were beneficiaries of donations by Leo Wallerstein and his heirs.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
N'Debele Beadwork
March 1, 1985 – April 30, 1985

View articles--mostly aprons--incorporating the striking geometric designs created by women of southern African villages.

African Art Museum