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Views of a Vanishing Frontier (Karl Bodmer Indian Watercolors)
January 4, 1985 – March 31, 1985

This exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of the expedition conducted by the German naturalist Prince Maximilian and Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, who explored the relatively undisturbed but rapidly changing Western frontier. 

Natural History Museum
American Pilots' Association: 100 Years
January 1, 1985 – March 31, 1985

This exhibition marks the centennial of the American Pilots' Association, a trade association of licensed marine pilots.  

American History Museum
A Constellation of Black Sports Stars
January 1, 1985 – April 18, 1985

See memorabilia and artifacts from prominent black athletes, along with baseball, football, and basketball cards.  

American History Museum
Presentation Swords
January 1, 1985 – April 7, 1985

See approximately 18 swords,dating from the early 19th century to World War II, many of which belonged to prominent military officers. 

American History Museum
Japanese Calligraphy
December 21, 1984 – November 3, 1985

Visit 14 hanging and hand scrolls and album leaves that feature traditional styles of Japanese writing and cursive styles developed during the 8th through the 12th centuries.

Freer Gallery
Akan Funerary Commemorative Head
December 14, 1984 – April 14, 1985

See a head, a figurative pottery piece made by the Akan peoples of southern Ghana, possibly used at the formal funeral of a member of royalty.

African Art Museum
1984 Trees of Christmas
December 14, 1984 – January 6, 1985

See 12 holiday trees decorated with various themes.

American History Museum
Christmas Tree Decorated by Associates in 1984
December 9, 1984 – January 1, 1985

See holiday decorations in the Great Hall including the Christmas tree decorated with handcrafted ornaments made locally, and collected from the U.S. and abroad.

Smithsonian Castle
Recent Acquisitions (1984-85)
December 8, 1984 – April 21, 1985

View approximately 55 works of art--prints and drawings, sculpture and paintings--in a selection of portraits of influential Americans acquired for the permanent collection during the past year.

Portrait Gallery
Aerial Firefighting
December 7, 1984 – Closed

Trace the history of aerial firefighting in the U.S. through more than 35 historical photographs and film footage of an actual mission that explain the important role of aircraft in the constant battle against wildfires.

Air and Space Museum
Homage to Franz Kline: Photographs by Aaron Siskind
December 7, 1984 – February 24, 1985

Celebrate the friendship between Siskind and Kline through 48 photographs, selected from The Homage to Franz Kline series.

American Art Museum
American Bison
December 1, 1984 – October 31, 2004

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the National Zoo again has an exhibition of American plains bison - two 1,500-pound females, aged 13 and 18 years.

National Zoo
Early Flight: 1900-1911 (Wright's Photography Collection)
November 28, 1984 – December 30, 1984

Take in 56 photographs from the Wright brothers' personal photograph collection of their flying machine, many of which were taken by the brothers themselves,

Air and Space Museum
Yellow Diamond from Zale Corporation
November 22, 1984 – January 6, 1985

Marvel at the largest existing diamond-in-the-rough in the world, weighing 890 carats.  

Natural History Museum
Embellished Calendars: An Illustrated History
November 20, 1984 – February 24, 1985

View more than 100 picture calendars, dating from the 13th century to the present, that show how their embellishment has been affected by changing tastes, styles, and technologies.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Bruno V. Nordberg: Engineer and Builder
November 16, 1984 – January 10, 1985

This representative selection of photographs, blueprints, and other archival material relate to the steam engine and were selected to illustrate the role of archival materials in museology. 

American History Museum
Focus on Flight: Four Decades of Aerial Photography (Rudy Arnold and Hans Groenhoff)
November 16, 1984 – September 2, 1985

View 100 photographs by Rudy Arnold and Hans Groenhoff, featuring record-setting events and aircraft in their surroundings, that portray aviation from the mid-1920s through the 1950s.

Air and Space Museum
The de Havilland DH-4 (from "Flaming Coffin" to Living Legend)
November 16, 1984 – June 30, 1985

This aircraft, the most used U.S. combat aircraft in World War I, was on view in the Arts and Industries Building for many years. Its recently completed restoration required over 4,000 man-hours.

Air and Space Museum
People and Places, Selections from the Collection
November 16, 1984 – April 14, 1985

Visit a selection of 60 works from the permanent collection including lithographs, woodcuts, paintings on paper, drawings, and etchings.

American Art Museum
Metropolitan Opera Centennial: A Photographic Album
November 15, 1984 – February 10, 1985

Enjoy131 photographs of Pavoratti and Puccini, Carusco and Callas, Scotti, and Sills, as well as the chorus and stagehands, audiences, and first-nighters.

Portrait Gallery