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Metaphor: New Projects by Contemporary Sculptors
December 17, 1981 – February 28, 1982

Large-scale works by several contemporary artists were executed especially for this exhibit. The show highlights a significant artistic trend among many contemporary sculptors: the use of metaphor and allegory as organizing principles in contemporary sculpture. 

Hirshhorn Museum
In Small Stages: Puppets from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection
December 15, 1981 – March 7, 1982

See antique and 20th-century examples of puppets from the East and the West, featuring a group designed and made by Frank and Elizabeth Haines, noted American puppeteers.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Puppets: Art and Entertainment
December 15, 1981 – February 21, 1982

See more than 230 puppets and related items in an exhibit which spans 800 years of puppetry in North America.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Botanical Prints by Henry Evans
December 12, 1981 – February 7, 1982

Enjoy 40 works by one of America's best known botanical printmakers. Self-taught as a printer, botanist, and artist, Evans' botanical prints are distinguished by a unique style and technique. 

Natural History Museum
Portrait Prints: The 20th-Century Approach
December 11, 1981 – July 18, 1982

Follow the evolution of portrait prints during the 20th century through diversity of style, technique, and approach.

Portrait Gallery
Dinosaurs: Reptiles, Masters of Land Dinosaurs: Reptiles, Masters of Land
December 4, 1981 – April 27, 2014

All of the old favorites are on view in the exhibition hall—Diplodocus, T. rex, and Triceratops—and more.

Natural History Museum
Good As Gold: Alternative Materials in American Jewelry
December 3, 1981 – March 28, 1982

View 180 brooches, necklaces, and other body decorations made from glass, plastic, paper, wood, "found objects," and metals -- aluminum, brass, steel, bronze, niobium, and titanium.

Renwick Gallery
Alternatives to Gold
December 2, 1981 – March 28, 1982

Admire and purchase jewelry created by artists whose work is included in current exhibit, Good as Gold: Alternative Materials in American Jewelry.

Renwick Gallery
Elijah Pierce: Messages in Wood
December 1, 1981 – February 28, 1982

Visit 15 carved wood panels, painted in bold colors, depicting religious themes and parables, created by Elijah Pierce, a Columbus, Ohio, barber and Baptist minister.

Renwick Gallery
Pottery by Maria Martinez
December 1, 1981 – January 31, 1982

See 2 bowls by the celebrated American Indian potter, who is associated with a distinctive black pottery.

Renwick Gallery
A Holiday Cornucopia
December 1, 1981 – December 31, 1981

Admire and purchase handmade holiday ornaments and decorative arts by 17 artists, many of whom have been represented in past Renwick exhibitions.

Renwick Gallery
A Life in Art: Alma W. Thomas, 1891-1978
November 26, 1981 – March 21, 1982

The 47 paintings, sculpture, and works on paper survey the career of Alma Thomas who, following many years as a teacher in the Washington public schools, began to paint when she was in her sixties and became nationally known for her abstractions.

American Art Museum
Aerial Aircraft Carriers
November 23, 1981 – November 18, 1984

See photographs and a film telling the story of aircraft (mother-ships) that carry other aircraft (parasites)--for example, the Space Shuttle traveling cross-country perched atop a 747.

Air and Space Museum
Life...Afterlife: African Funerary Sculpture
November 19, 1981 – March 1, 1982

See more than 100 pieces of funerary sculpture from all regions of Africa showing how art is used in African funerals to express concepts of life, death, and the continual cycle of existence.

African Art Museum
Hopi Kachina: Spirit of Life
November 13, 1981 – January 3, 1982

The Hopi Indians of northeastern Arizona believe that messenger spirits, called kachinas, come to live in their villages during the growing and harvest seasons. The Hopis celebrate this period with dances and ceremonies. 

Natural History Museum
The Year of the Hopi
November 13, 1981 – January 3, 1982

See 41 watercolors, delicate and precise, showing kachina dancers painted by artist Joseph Mora in the early 1900s. 

Natural History Museum
Immovable Objects: Suburbs
November 10, 1981 – January 24, 1982

View original drawings, building and site plans, brochures and promotional literature, models, and photographs relating to suburbs.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Portraits by George Bellows
November 4, 1981 – January 3, 1982

View 14 portraits by the distinguished American artist in the first exhibit to focus on his portraiture.

Portrait Gallery
Culture of Okinawa
November 4, 1981 – November 15, 1981

See  a musical instrument, costumes, and other artifacts, which reflect Okinawa's traditional role as a cultural crossroads for Asian arts. 

Natural History Museum
Ibero-American Art: Selections from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection
November 1, 1981 – November 15, 1981

See 26 paintings, sculptures, and drawings by various Spanish, Mexican, South American, and Portuguese artists of the 20th century. The exhibition honors the millennium of the Castillian language and the fusion of Iberian cultures.  

Hirshhorn Museum