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The Experience of a Lifetime: The Maid of Cotton Story, 1939-1993 The Experience of a Lifetime: The Maid of Cotton Story, 1939-1993
December 9, 2010 – March 25, 2011

On view in several cases are photographs and other archival materials that illustrate the 54-year history of the Maid of Cotton beauty pageant.

American History Museum
Black Box: Hans Op de Beeck Black Box: Hans Op de Beeck
December 6, 2010 – March 27, 2011

See Hans Op de Beeck's film Staging Silence with dreamlike black-and-white scenes evoking vintage film and the suspense of film noire.

Hirshhorn Museum
1939 1939
November 24, 2010 – October 21, 2012

This small exhibition reveals how Americans used entertainment to distract themselves during a turbulent year when the country was recovering from the Great Depression and World War II loomed -- 1939.

American History Museum
Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow
November 19, 2010 – May 8, 2011

This first major survey of the work of Alexis Rockman (b. 1962) features approximately 50 paintings and works on paper to trace the artist's development from the mid-1980s to the present.

American Art Museum
Recent Acquisitions Recent Acquisitions
November 19, 2010 – November 13, 2011

This exhibition of some 35 objects that have recently been added to the museum's collection spans centuries of American history and culture.

Portrait Gallery
Hope Diamond in Its New Temporary Setting Hope Diamond in Its New Temporary Setting
November 18, 2010 – January 11, 2012

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic donation of the Hope Diamond and the museum's centennial, the museum is exhibiting for the first time ever the Hope Diamond in a new temporary setting called "Embracing Hope."

Natural History Museum
Directions: Cyprien Gaillard and Mario Garcia Torres Directions: Cyprien Gaillard and Mario Garcia Torres
November 10, 2010 – March 27, 2011

Brought together for the first time for a Directions project are two artists who examine the architectural and artistic "ruins" of the recent past.

Hirshhorn Museum
Bradley and Hubbard: Masters of Metal Work Bradley and Hubbard: Masters of Metal Work
November 5, 2010 – mid-May 2012

View selected decorative metal objects from the Smithsonian Institution Castle Collection that trace the history of the Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Company from its start in 1852 to 1940.

Smithsonian Castle
Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
October 30, 2010 – February 13, 2011

More than 100 major works are featured in the first museum exhibition to focus on sexual difference in the making of modern American portraiture.

Portrait Gallery
The Wonder of Light: Touch and Learn The Wonder of Light: Touch and Learn
October 29, 2010 – February 6, 2012

View objects from the museums' collections related to light - a symbol of discovery.

Smithsonian Castle
Lost and Found: The Lesbian and Gay Presence in the Archives of American Art Lost and Found: The Lesbian and Gay Presence in the Archives of American Art
October 29, 2010 – February 13, 2011

Get a glimps into the sometimes private, sometimes "out" lives, careers, and communities of gay American artists through letters, photographs, unpublished writings, and rare printed materials.

Archives of American Art
Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer
October 23, 2010 – January 23, 2011

Wertheimer's 1956 photographs captured Elvis's transit to superstardom and the cultural transformation this singer helped launched.

Portrait Gallery
Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings
October 23, 2010 – April 17, 2011

Celebrate the millennium of the poet Firdawsi's Shahnama (Book of Kings), considered one of the greatest literary works ever written.

Sackler Gallery
Guillermo Kuitca: Everything—Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008 Guillermo Kuitca: Everything—Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008
October 21, 2010 – January 16, 2011

This retrospective examines over two decades of Argentinean Guillermo Kuitca's artworks.

Hirshhorn Museum
Negro Leagues Baseball Stamp Art Negro Leagues Baseball Stamp Art
October 20, 2010 – June 5, 2011

On view is original art produced by Kadir Nelson for the creation of the Negro Leagues Baseball stamps, which pay tribute to the all-black professional baseball leagues that operated from 1920 to approximately 1960.

Postal Museum
The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef
October 16, 2010 – April 24, 2011

A whimsical display of colorful crocheted coral clusters, made of both yarn and found materials, honors the disappearing wonder, beauty, and diversity of living coral reefs.

Natural History Museum
The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey—Where Art and History Intersect The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey—Where Art and History Intersect
October 15, 2010 – May 1, 2011

Over 100 artifacts spanning some 400 years dating from the early 1600s illustrate the hardships and triumphs of the African American experience.

American History Museum
Directions: Pipilotti Rist Directions: Pipilotti Rist
October 14, 2010 – October 28, 2010

This film Pepperminta, shown on selected days, features the Swiss artist Rist's phantasmagorical adult fairy tale about the power of color.

Hirshhorn Museum
Southern Identity: Contemporary Argentine Art (Identidad del Sur: Arte Argentino Contemporaneo) Southern Identity: Contemporary Argentine Art (Identidad del Sur: Arte Argentino Contemporaneo)
October 11, 2010 – January 23, 2011

Gain a contextual overview of Latin American artistic movements and trends reflected in works by 32 of Argentina's best living contemporary artists.

Ripley Center
One Life: Katharine Graham One Life: Katharine Graham
October 1, 2010 – May 30, 2011

The exhibition narrates key moments in the Washington Post publisher's extraordinary life during extraordinary times.

Portrait Gallery