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Across the Nation: Fine Art for Federal Buildings, 1972-79
June 4, 1980 – September 1, 1980

Explore 97 maquettes, preliminary paintings, and drawings that represent artists' conceptions of sculpture, tapestries, murals, and earthworks suitable for public buildings.

American Art Museum
Japanese Puppetry
June 1, 1980 – June 30, 1980

See painted screens and mounted scrolls depicting simple hand puppets as well as full-scale productions of Japan's puppet theater of the Edo Period (1615-1868).

Freer Gallery
Spacelab Pallet
June 1, 1980 – May 15, 1997

See a reusable cargo container designed for use in a joint NASA-ESA (European Space Agency) laboratory project planned for the mid-1980s.

Air and Space Museum
John R. Grabach: Seventy Years an Artist
May 23, 1980 – August 17, 1980

See 22 paintings, drawings, and watercolors that re-introduce the work of an artist almost forgotten since the 1940s. Initially an Impressionist, Grabach became known during the 1920s and 1930s for his Ash-Can style urban landscapes and social protest paintings.

American Art Museum
The Fifties: Aspects of Painting in New York
May 22, 1980 – September 21, 1980

Included in an exhibition that reassesses a critical decade in American art are 67 works by 33 artists. Works are arranged chronologically, rather than stylistically, to re-create a sense of the overlapping developments occurring at that time.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Belgian Lace
May 16, 1980 – November 11, 1980

Admire 87 items of clothing and accessories created in various techniques--bobbin, needle, mixed techniques, and "fake" lace--dating from the late 19th century to the present.

Renwick Gallery
Flight Attendants
May 15, 1980 – September 1, 1980

Enjoy an exhibit of 41 photographs (primarily black and white) and airline timetables showing commercial flight attendants at work, and changes in flight service over the years.

Air and Space Museum
Chinese Calligraphy
May 9, 1980 – November 10, 1980

View 28 written scrolls and rubbings in a major exhibition of calligraphy, regarded by the Chinese as the supreme artistic achievement.

Freer Gallery
Costumes from the Arab World
May 2, 1980 – July 27, 1980

Examine 83 distinctive objects on display such as traditional body veils, belts, daggers, tunics, pants, jackets, vests, and dresses as well as jewelry representative of 10 Arab countries.

Renwick Gallery
North American Mammal Exhibit
May 1, 1980 – December 31, 1990

Visit the new quarters for jaguars, pumas, bobcats, fishers, prairie dogs, raccoons, and Kit foxes in 3 moated enclosures and 8-cable suspension cages, with wolverines and porcupines to come.

National Zoo
American Portrait Drawings
May 1, 1980 – August 3, 1980

See 96 drawings in pencil, charcoal, crayon, and ink, selected for aesthetic excellence.

Portrait Gallery
Photographs from the NPG's Permanent Collection
May 1, 1980 – July 31, 1980

Included in an exhibition of great variety are portraits of Edward Hopper and Edna St. Vincent Millay, James Agee, Carl Sandburg, a young Ernest Hemingway, and Walt Whitman.

Portrait Gallery
Drums & Musical Instruments
May 1, 1980 – July 31, 1980

View kalimba (thumb pianos), xylophones and percussion instruments from West and Central Africa.

African Art Museum
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
Alexandra Exter: Marionettes
April 17, 1980 – July 6, 1980

On view are approximately 15 marionettes and about 15 stage and costume designs (gouaches and hand-colored prints) by the Constructivist artist.  

Hirshhorn 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