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January 1, 1980 – February 3, 1980

View objects from 10 museums selected for their beauty, rarity, or historical value as being representative of the 75 million items in the Smithsonian collections.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Art of the Court of Shah Tahmasp
January 1, 1980 – August 15, 1980

Enjoy 47 manuscripts, illuminations, drawings and book bindings executed during the reign of Shah Tahmasp (1524-1576), one of the most brilliant periods of Islamic art. 

Freer Gallery
A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions, 1970-1980
January 1, 1980 – April 30, 1980

View 114 works that represent a variety of Asian cultures, including secular paintings, religious images and ritual objects, personal ornaments and household furnishings ranging in time from 3,000 B.C. to the 19th century. 

Freer Gallery
Japanese Lacquer
January 1, 1980 – March 1, 1980

See approximately 60 lacquer objects--including writing boxes, cabinets, seal cases, and containers--that illustrate 11 centuries of lacquer-making techniques. 

Freer Gallery
Armenian Manuscripts
January 1, 1980 – January 31, 1980

View early Christian manuscripts from the Freer's collection, including 6 Gospels, a hymnal, and a Psalter.  

Freer Gallery
Recent Gifts: Portraits (of Alexander Hamilton and Fisher Ames)
January 1, 1980 – May 1, 1983

Enjoy 2 portraits presented by former Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge and his son, Harvard professor George C. Lodge: Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull and Fisher Ames by Gilbert Stuart. 

Portrait Gallery
South America: A Continent and Its Culture
– April 1, 2005

This hall shows the distinctive environments and resources of four South American regions and the different ways in which cultures have adapted to them during the Prehistoric, Colonial, and Modern eras.

Natural History Museum
Time: Arts and Entertainment (Part II)
January 1, 1980 – February 29, 1980

Contemplate 49 likenesses from the Time magazine cover collection of 900 original paintings, drawings, photos, and sculptures acquired in 1978. 

Portrait Gallery
Sculpture and the Federal Triangle
January 1, 1980 – January 6, 1980

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American Art Museum
After the Crash
January 1, 1980 – January 13, 1980

See 34 paintings and prints drawn largely from NMAA's New Deal collection that illustrate the variety of interpretations of the early years of the economic collapse by significant but little-known artists.   

American Art Museum
Jacob Kainen, Five Decades As a Painter
January 1, 1980 – January 6, 1980

Mark Kainen's 70th birthday and survey his career as a painter with these 19 oils. 

American Art Museum
Hugo Robus (1885-1966)
January 1, 1980 – March 2, 1980

Take in a retrospective exhibition of 41 works including sculpture, paintings, drawings, and jewelry. Included are a group of oils, executed before 1920, the year Robus decided to concentrate on sculpture.  

American Art Museum
The Drawings of Morris Louis
January 1, 1980 – February 3, 1980

See 57 drawings, shown for the first time, that represent the earlier output of an artist who became notable as a painter.  

American Art Museum
Country Store Post Office
– July 21, 2006

This country store was located in Headsville, West Virginia, from the 1860s to 1971, serving as a post office about half those years.

American History Museum
Ryijy Rugs from Finland: 200 Years of a Textile Art
December 21, 1979 – March 16, 1980

Examine 30 rugs that illustrate stylistic progression in design as well as the changing uses of "ryijy" from bed covering, ceremonial rug, and bench cover to wall decoration.

Renwick Gallery
A Century of Ceramics in the United States, 1878-1978
November 8, 1979 – January 27, 1980

Trace the growth of ceramics as an art form from its traditional art pottery roots to more recent pioneering personal statements in clay with these 231 works. 

Renwick Gallery
Sales Exhibition: Not for Children Only: Toys and Other Pastimes
November 8, 1979 – December 15, 1978

Admire and purchase crafts for all ages--wooden and soft sculpture toys, adult games, puppets, dolls for children and doll caricatures for adults. 

Renwick Gallery
Imperial Mughal Albums
November 1, 1979 – February 28, 1981

See 20 paintings from the court of India's 17th-century Mughal emperors. 

Freer Gallery
Robert Edge Pine: A British Portrait Painter in America
November 1, 1979 – January 6, 1980

See 38 paintings of Americans painted by the English artist in America, 1784-1788.

Portrait Gallery
The Great Crash
October 24, 1979 – April 20, 1980

Mark the 50th anniversary of Wall Street's "Black Thursday" in 1929, and focus on the personalities who shaped the times.  

Portrait Gallery