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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
The Accomplishments of Age
November 1, 1981 – January 4, 1982

Encounter 14 personalities who, in their seventies or older, made significant contributions to the life of the nation and are the subjects of a tribute in conjunction with the 1981 White House Conference on Aging.

Portrait Gallery
Space Shuttle Art
November 1, 1981 – January 3, 1982

See 28 works of art documenting the development of the Space Shuttle project, commissioned by NASA to record key events in the U.S. space program.

Air and Space Museum
Old Books -- Rare Books?
October 30, 1981 – January 31, 1982

See two old books, Picturesque America and The Nuremberg Chronicle, with information on how to judge if a volume is rare and possibly valuable, or simply old. 

Natural History Museum
More Than Land Or Sky: Art from Appalachia
October 30, 1981 – January 3, 1982

View an exhibition presenting the fine arts of the Appalachian region are 105 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and mixed media works by 69 artists.

American Art Museum
Perkins Harnly: From the Index of American Design
October 16, 1981 – February 15, 1982

Discover 29 watercolors of domestic, industrial, and commercial Victorian and early 20th-century interiors executed during the 1930s and 1940s. Most were created for the WPA Federal Art Project's Index of American Design (now in permanent collection of NGA).

American Art Museum
Autumn's Voices
October 15, 1981 – December 13, 1981

View 21 works of Japanese art--paintings, a piece of calligraphy, ceramics and 2 wooden drums--dating from the early 13th to the early 19th centuries, that show a variety of interpretations of autumnal motifs in Japanese art.

Freer Gallery
Nikola Tesla, Inventor and Electrical Engineer
October 15, 1981 – January 31, 1982

American History Museum
Powers of Ten Theater
October 15, 1981 – Closed

Be amazed by the Charles Eames film Powers of Ten presenting a mythical journey into space increasing one's distance from Earth 10 times every 10 seconds, and a similar journey returning into the human body at the same rate of speed.

Air and Space Museum
Revelations of Nature
October 10, 1981 – December 6, 1981

Using close-up lenses, Greenwell reveals seldom observed and little known details in wildflowers, insects, birds, and mammals of the Washington area. 

Natural History Museum
By Sea and By Land: Independence with the Help of France
October 10, 1981 – November 30, 1981

See portraits, paintings, letters, swords, cannon, and other objects commemorating the bicentennial of the Battle of Yorktown, the decisive battle of the Revolutionary War.

Smithsonian Castle
China's Inner Frontier
October 8, 1981 – November 5, 1981

View prints from over 100 photographs taken by F.R. Wulsin's 1923 expedition to northwest China. The photographs, taken on one of the few Western expeditions to this region, portray the people and their way of life as well as panoramic landscapes. 

Natural History Museum
The Print in the U.S. from the 18th Century to the Present
October 2, 1981 – January 17, 1982

Trace the development of American printmaking from small engraved works of the 18th century to the large prints of the past 25 years in this exhibition of 90 prints from several Smithsonian museums.

American Art Museum