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Out of the Ordinary: Domestic and Ritual Furnishings from Africa
September 17, 1981 – October 31, 1981

View an exhibit of domestic furnishings that illustrates the aesthetic and spiritual qualities they have in common with ritual objects.

African Art Museum
R.B. Kitaj
September 17, 1981 – November 15, 1981

This exhibition, the first comprehensive retrospective of this American's works, includes 102 paintings and pastels. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Writing and Reading
September 15, 1981 – January 3, 1982

Learn from a range of objects from various periods and cultures that provide a survey of the basic skills of writing and reading.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Starfishes of the Atlantic Ocean
September 15, 1981 – March 31, 1982

Take in the first comprehensive study of starfish found in the Atlantic Ocean with starfish, photographs, maps, and related publications.

Natural History Museum
Americans in Glass
August 25, 1981 – November 15, 1981

View blown, cast, fabricated, and engraved pieces of contemporary studio glass by 20 invited artists and 55 selected by jury.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Magazine Covers: Art for the People
August 25, 1981 – November 1, 1981

Enjoy more than 100 magazine covers and original art by artists, illustrators, and photographers--primarily European and American--from the mid-19th century to the present.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Venini Glass
August 21, 1981 – March 21, 1982

See a retrospective exhibition of 150 glass works, supplemented by color photographs, a set of glassblower's tools and bench, and panels illustrating processes made famous by Paolo Venini, founder of the glass manufactory on the island of Murano.

Renwick Gallery
Peace Corps Photography Contest Winners
August 11, 1981 – September 27, 1981

See 12 winning photographs and approximately 15 that received honorable mention, all taken by current or former Peace Corps volunteers. 

Natural History Museum
Two Contemporary Bird Painters in Oregon Territory
August 8, 1981 – October 4, 1981

Oregon birds in their natural habitats from the coast, mountain, and desert are the subject of 40 oils and watercolors by professional bird painters, L.B. McQueen and Jon Janosik. 

Natural History Museum
California Condor Sculptures
August 1, 1981 – August 28, 1981

See 3 life-size figures of the endangered California Condor, created by Erwin Hauer.

National Zoo
Antoine Sevruguin: Photographer of Qajar Iran
August 1, 1981 – March 31, 1982

Follow a rich visual record of the late Qajar period (from approximately 1885 to approximately 1930) through 24 photographs selected from the Freer collection.

Freer Gallery
We Never Sleep: Fifty Years of Pinkerton Men
July 31, 1981 – January 3, 1982

Follow the saga of Allan Pinkerton's rise from an incendiary labor agitator in Scotland to one of America's most prominent law and order advocates.

Portrait Gallery
Charles Willson Peale As Printmaker: The Challenges of Messotint Portraiture
July 24, 1981 – January 3, 1982

Stop by a small exhibit of approximately 12 objects that are all the known portrait prints by the 18th-century portraitist Charles Willson Peale.

Portrait Gallery
Larry Rivers: From the Museum's Collection
July 16, 1981 – September 20, 1981

View 43 of this contemporary artist's works including paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media compositions selected from the permanent collection.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Selection of Korean Ceramics and Paintings from the Freer Collection
July 15, 1981 – September 15, 1981

View more than 60 pieces of Korean ceramics, painting and metalwork, spanning the third century B.C. through the 19th century.

Freer Gallery
5,000 Years of Korean Art
July 15, 1981 – September 30, 1981

Thought to be the largest and most important exhibition of Korean art to ever tour the U.S., the show includes over 300 objects from the National Museum of Korea and other Korean collections. 

Natural History Museum
Contemporary Korean-American Arts
July 9, 1981 – September 30, 1981

In celebration of the artistic heritage of Korea, the Korean Artists Association of the Great Washington Area organized this exhibition. Ceramics, paintings, prints, metal works, wall hangings, and furniture are included. 

Natural History Museum
Costumes and Jewelry of the Maasai
July 1, 1981 – September 7, 1981

See costumes, jewelry, dress, and accessories of the people of Kenya and parts of Tanzania.

African Art Museum
Recent Acquisitions on View
July 1, 1981 – August 31, 1981

See 2 significant purchases now on view: a painting by Joan Miro and a sculpture by Gaston Lachaise. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Champions of American Sport
June 23, 1981 – September 20, 1981

View likenesses and objects associated with 100 American sports personalities from the 1830s to the present.

Portrait Gallery