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John Henry Belter and the Rococo Revival
March 10, 1981 – May 24, 1981

Admire rare examples of laminated hardwood furniture made by Belter between 1844 and 1863 as well as pieces attributed to him and examples of the work of his contemporaries.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Innovative Furniture in America
March 10, 1981 – May 10, 1981

Marvel at furniture that folds, retracts, reclines, changes form, and combines two or more forms through mechanical gadgetry in some 50 examples, supplemented by photographs and drawings.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Traditional Costumery and Jewelry in Africa
February 27, 1981 – May 31, 1981

View costumes from Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Kenya as well as jewelry of the Berber people of Algeria and Morocco, the Masai of Tanzania, the Zulu of southeastern Africa, the Baule of the Ivory Coast, and the Bobo of Upper Volta

African Art Museum
Geometric Abstraction
February 26, 1981 – July 5, 1981

View approximately 12 works sharing the characteristic of geometric abstraction. Among the artists represented are Glarner, Bolotowsky, and Diller. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Art from the Vice President's House
February 20, 1981 – May 5, 1981

Initiated by Joan Mondale at the Vice President's House, these 59 works include paintings, prints, watercolors, photographs, sculpture, and crafts.

American Art Museum
Directions 1981
February 12, 1981 – May 3, 1981

A major group exhibition spotlights new directions in contemporary American art through works by younger artists from Europe and North America.

Hirshhorn Museum
How Fleeting Is Fame
February 6, 1981 – August 23, 1981

Visit with some 19th-century lithographic portraits of celebrities of the period whose fame did not withstand the test of time.

Portrait Gallery
Matchsafes
February 3, 1981 – April 12, 1981

See about 500 matchsafes in a myriad of styles and in a range of materials, a necessity after the invention of the friction match in the 1820s.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Japanese Genre Screens
February 1, 1981 – June 30, 1982

Follow the daily lives of the Japanese people of the 17th- to mid-19th centuries through 6 pairs of screens on display.

Freer Gallery
Special Aircraft Exhibit: Corsair, Curtiss, Boeing, Grumman, and Excalibur
February 1, 1981 – April 1998

Visit a changing exhibition of aircraft, many of them recently restored at the Garber Facility at Silver Hill, Maryland.

Air and Space Museum
Anna J. Cooper: A Voice from the South
February 1, 1981 – September 30, 1982

Examine the life and times of Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, Washington, D.C. black educator.

Anacostia Community Museum
Photographs: Selections from the Permanent Collection
January 31, 1981 – April 19, 1981

Appreciate the likenesses on view of John Steinbeck, Sherwood Anderson, Grandma Moses, and an 1865 series of four Union generals.

Portrait Gallery
East and West: Paintings/Poems by Sheila Isham
January 30, 1981 – April 5, 1981

See 20 works on paper and two acrylics on canvas executed following the Washington-area artist's study of traditional Chinese calligraphy and it's associated poetry in Hong Kong and Japan.

American Art Museum
Ephemeral Images: Recent American Posters
January 27, 1981 – March 29, 1981

View a selection of 50 to 75 posters that show the diverse ways in which American designers emphasize and enhance a product or attract an audience.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Bret Harte
January 22, 1981 – July 12, 1981

Visit portraits of Harte, the humorous chronicler of California's goldmining camps, and of his literary contemporaries, as well as poems, drawings, and first-edition books.

Portrait Gallery
Jacques Lipchitz from the Collection
January 15, 1981 – April 19, 1981

See 14 sculptures and 3 works on paper by the painter- sculptor, whose works range from abstract to surrealistic.

Hirshhorn Museum
A Feast of Color: Corpus Christi Dance Costumes from Ecuador
January 9, 1981 – July 12, 1981

Delight in 4 complete fiesta costumes of cotton decorated with beads, ribbon, and foil, as well as individual pieces used during Corpus Christi festivities.

Renwick Gallery
New Hampshire Crafts
January 8, 1981 – March 30, 1981

Admire and purchase appliqued wall hangings, wool coverlets, pewter salad sets, silk scarves and mufflers, sterling silver and gold jewelry, and utilitarian and sculptural pottery, from the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

Renwick Gallery
St. Dunstan Statue
January 1, 1981 – Permanent

A statue of statesman and reformer St. Dunstan (c. 910-988) peeks through the trees in the Haupt Garden.

Smithsonian Castle
Treasures of Ancient Nigeria: Legacy of 2,000 Years
December 18, 1980 – February 1, 1981

See approximately 100 objects that comprise the first comprehensive exhibition of Nigerian art in the U.S.

African Art Museum