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The Americanization of California Missions: George Sims Collection
September 14, 1984 – November 6, 1984

Some 15 objects and illustrations tracing the California Missions from their origins as Christian missions and colonial posts to modern symbols of history and romance.

American History Museum
European Modernism: Selections from the Museum's Collection
September 13, 1984 – January 13, 1985

Some 75 examples of European modernist paintings and sculptures from the permanent collection survey major movements from 1915 through the 1960s. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Eleanor Roosevelt: First Person Singular
September 13, 1984 – May 5, 1985

Commemorating the centennial of Eleanor Roosevelt's birth, the public and private aspects of her life are seen through over 100 objects, including photographs, memorabilia, and excerpts from radio and filmed interviews with the "First Lady of the World." 

American History Museum
Thirty Years of Scientific Illustrations Drawn in the Museum of Natural History
September 7, 1984 – November 4, 1984

Visit a selection of 80 works created by Carolyn Bartlett Gast, an illustrator in the NMNH Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology. 

Natural History Museum
American Politics and the Presidency
September 7, 1984 – November 4, 1984

Admire and purchase mostly one-of-a-kind objects, conveying some 20 artists' conceptions of past, present, and future politics, as well as presidents both real and imagined.

Renwick Gallery
Golden Lion Tamarin Project
September 1, 1984 – November 30, 1984

See photographs, text, and objects used by field biologists who are captive rearing this endangered species and re-introducing it to Brazil's tropical rain forests.

National Zoo
The Mackay Emerald
September 1, 1984 – January 30, 1995

A 168-carat egg-shaped, flat emerald--believed to be the largest fine emerald ever to go on public exhibition--has been donated to NMNH.

Natural History Museum
Aviation Anniversaries: 1934, The Watershed Year in Air Transportation
September 1, 1984 – January 15, 1985

Examine models of a Sikorsky S-42 and a Douglas DC-2, aircraft considered to be far superior to their antecedents.

Air and Space Museum
Patterns and Forms in African Art
August 20, 1984 – September 16, 1984

See some 30 works examining pattern and form in four sections: body painting and body scarification; "Decorated Form," illustrating the way in which African artists shape household objects; ritual uses and qualities; and pattern in textiles.

African Art Museum
Damask
August 14, 1984 – November 4, 1984

View a selection of historic and contemporary silk, linen, and wool fabrics in damask weave.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Treasures from the Shanghai Museum: 6,000 Years of Chinese Art
August 11, 1984 – November 30, 1984

This exhibition spans Chinese art history from prehistoric to modern times. All 232 masterpieces, never before seen in the Western world, are from the Shanghai Museum.  

Natural History Museum
American History As Seen from the Museum of American History
August 10, 1984 – February 5, 1985

See photographs taken by SI photographers, showing events in and around the museum, including the Redskins parade, Bicentennial events, protests and rallies, and the parade honoring the hostages upon their return from Iran. 

American History Museum
Design in the Service of Tea
August 8, 1984 – October 28, 1984

Appreciate more than 200 examples of tea-related designs--teapots, hot water urns, sugar bowls, caddies, spoons, infusers, and cream jugs--as well as furniture and graphics, that provide a chronological and thematic overview of the impact of tea drinking on design.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future
August 7, 1984 – September 30, 1984

See more than 300 objects--toys, models, posters, photographs, costumes, advertisements, drawings--created by artists, engineers, inventors, film makers, and other visionaries of the last 100 years. 

American History Museum
Masterpieces of Chinese Painting
August 3, 1984 – February 3, 1985

View 30 important paintings--hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, album leaves--from the Sung (960-1279) through the Ch'ing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Freer Gallery
Running Fun (Campaign Humor)
August 2, 1984 – November 30, 1984

See examples of 19th- and 20th-century campaign humor, including political cartoons and campaign novelties marking the emergence of the donkey and the elephant as symbols of the Democratic and Republican parties.  

American History Museum
Smokey Bear's New Honey Tree
August 1, 1984 – August 31, 1984

Marvel at an automated honey- and berry-dispensing tree constructed to mark the 40th anniversary of Smokey's becoming the symbol for prevention of forest fires.

National Zoo
The Baltimore Clay Works
August 1, 1984 – September 3, 1984

Admire and purchase functional pottery created by 12 artists whose individual approaches produce works in a range of styles.

Renwick Gallery
Treasures from the Smithsonian
August 1, 1984 – September 30, 1984

These photo panels are an adaptation of an exhibition of Smithsonian artifacts on view at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland.

Smithsonian Castle
Every Four Years (Summer Olympics)
August 1, 1984 – September 17, 1984

View memorabilia from several Olympic Games, including Bobby Morrow's 1956 Gold Medal for track (Melbourne); books, cards, and tickets from the first Summer Olympics held in the U.S. (St. Louis, 1904); and the only other Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles (1932). 

American History Museum