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The Question Mark and the Growth of Aerial Refueling
October 16, 1978 – March 31, 1979

See a model of the Question Mark, the Fokker C-2 aircraft that set an unofficial endurance record for refueled airplane flight in January 1929 (almost 151 hours).

Air and Space Museum
The Brush of the Masters: Drawings from Iran and India
October 16, 1978 – April 30, 1979

View 82 drawings, executed between 1400 and 1800, by master artists of imperial courts. 

Freer Gallery
Ornament in the Twentieth Century
October 3, 1978 – January 7, 1979

See ornaments for the human body, objects of daily use, posters, packaging material, corporate logos and designer initials, and ornamental aspects of garden and plaza design. 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Seals Seals
October 1, 1978 – November 30, 2009

Visit with gray seals and California sea lions.

National Zoo
Mexican Masks
September 29, 1978 – May 20, 1979

View 75 contemporary examples of masks, an intimate part of festive and religious life in Mexico. 

Renwick Gallery
The Harmonious Craft: American Musical Instruments
September 29, 1978 – August 5, 1979

See more than 100 handcrafted instruments including the traditional (violins, bagpipes, lutes, guitars and clavicords) as well as the unusual--ceramic drums and a cow's jawbone with electronic parts. 

Renwick Gallery
Clay Figures from Guerrero
September 29, 1978 – February 19, 1979

See 45 clay works that are shaped like animals and people; all, following tradition, have been molded by the women and then decorated by the men of San Augustin Oapan. 

Renwick Gallery
Facing the Light: Historic American Portrait Daguerreotypes
September 22, 1978 – February 4, 1979

See a major exhibit of daguerrotype portraits of 100 notable Americans drawn from gallery collections and on loan.  

Portrait Gallery
Cross Currents
September 19, 1978 – November 5, 1978

See 135 Neo-classical prints and drawings from the Cooper-Hewitt collections.  

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Exhibition '78
September 16, 1978 – November 12, 1978

View works selected from those submitted by members of the D.C. Art Association, including photographs, collages, watercolors, serigraphs, acrylics, oils and sculpture.

Anacostia Community Museum
Sales Exhibition: Appalachian Crafts
September 8, 1978 – October 31, 1978

Admire and purchase quilts, pine needle baskets, cornshuck dolls, brooms, wooden cradles and wooden trains, all made by craftsmen/members of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild.

Renwick Gallery
New Stained Glass
September 1, 1978 – February 19, 1979

View 35 objects that illustrate the use of new techniques for painting and etching glass to create works designed to be viewed as individual objects rather than windows in an architect's plan. 

Renwick Gallery
Adalbert Volck: Fifth Column Artist
August 29, 1978 – May 20, 1979

Contemplate examples of the scathing pictorial denunciations of the Union cause created by the Baltimore dentist under the pseudonym, "V. Blada".  

Portrait Gallery
Form Follows Film
August 15, 1978 – October 7, 1978

Visit a photographic exhibit, including stills of movie sets, which shows the movies as arbiter of taste in architecture and interior design. 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Jay Gould: Mephistopheles of Wall Street
July 21, 1978 – February 4, 1979

See cartoon commentaries on the post-Civil War activities of the industrialist alongside a portrait by Eastman Johnson.

Portrait Gallery
Looking at L.A., An Exhibition Organized by Environmental Communications
July 18, 1978 – September 17, 1978

Visit a slide and video presentation of Los Angeles' life style.  

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Printed, Painted and Dyed: The New Fabric Surface
July 4, 1978 – October 15, 1978

Enjoy 42 works by 31 craftsmen concerned with the embellishment of preconstructed fabric surfaces through photo-silkscreen and color xerography as well as batik, fold-dye, ikat, direct and resist dye.  

Renwick Gallery
Flying for Fun
June 30, 1978 – Closed

Enjoyment of flight can come in many forms, even without a pilot's license, as the objects in this exhibition illustrate.

Air and Space Museum
The Celebration of Water
June 13, 1978 – August 6, 1978

Take a look at the design of facilities for the use and enjoyment of water: bathrooms, swimming pools, fountains, and water tanks atop buildings.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
William Cullen Bryant
June 12, 1978 – October 27, 1978

Mark the 100th anniversary of Bryant's death with a small exhibition including a silver Tiffany vase commissioned by friends for his 80th birthday; an edition of the New York Evening Post, which he edited for 50 years; a bust by Henry Kirke Brown; and an oil portrait by Daniel Huntington.

Portrait Gallery