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After the Crash
October 24, 1979 – January 13, 1980

See 34 paintings and prints drawn largely from NMAA's New Deal collection that illustrate the variety of interpretations of the early years of the economic collapse by significant but little-known artists.

American Art Museum
Children of South Africa
October 15, 1979 – December 31, 1979

View 21 photographs by contemporary photo-journalist Peter Magubane.

Anacostia Community Museum
Eminent Figures from the American Catholic Religious Tradition
October 8, 1979 – November 22, 1979

In conjunction with the Papal visit, see portraits of notable American Catholics.

Smithsonian Castle
Arshile Gorky: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
October 4, 1979 – November 25, 1979

Visit the first public showing of the Hirshhorn Museum's entire collection of 21 paintings and 8 drawings by Gorky (1904-1948), whose work bridged Surrealism and early Abstract Expressionism.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Murals Without Walls: Arshile Gorky's Newark Airport Murals Rediscovered
October 4, 1979 – November 25, 1979

Take in two large panels created for the Neward Airport in 1936-37 as a WPA project. Titled Aviation, the ten-panel series was the subject of considerable controversy and was subsequently painted over and presumed lost. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Irena Brynner: Jewelry Since 1950
September 28, 1979 – January 13, 1980

See 79 pieces of handwrought silver and gold jewelry, including chains, head ornaments, rings, necklaces, earrings, brooches, and wedding bands.

Renwick Gallery
Two Centuries of Change: The Idea of Downtown Washington
September 14, 1979 – October 11, 1979

Consider the diverse cultural heritages of the DC community through photographs, portrait reproductions and text in this exhibition which shows how downtown Washington has changed as a place to live, work and play.

Portrait Gallery
Prints for the People: Selections from New Deal Graphics Projects
September 14, 1979 – December 2, 1979

See 67 lithographs, etchings, woodcuts and screen prints that focus on the New York print workshop of the Works Projects Administration of the 1930s.  

American Art Museum
Sales Exhibition: Couturier Crafts
September 12, 1979 – October 31, 1979

Admire and purchase wearable art created by craftsmen across the country, including handwoven coats, sweaters, quilted vests, unusual hats and headgear and gold and silver jewelry.

Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian Museum Collections--A Selection
September 11, 1979 – January 6, 1980

View natural and man-made objects selected from Smithsonian collections to illustrate various design themes.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: Glass
August 28, 1979 – November 25, 1979

View approximately 125 examples that document the art of glassmaking, with emphasis on techniques used to form and decorate glass.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Images of Children
August 7, 1979 – November 4, 1979

Enjoy 32 works that comprise a special installation from the HMSG collection in honor of the International Year of the Child, focusing on images of children by artists of the late 19th and 20th centuries.  

Hirshhorn Museum
The Art of Russia, 1800-1850
August 3, 1979 – November 12, 1979

View 145 Russian paintings and graphics as well as 21 examples of complementary decorative art, most of which have never been shown in the West.

Renwick Gallery
David Smith: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
July 25, 1979 – October 28, 1979

See 26 sculptures, 3 paintings and 3 drawings from the HMSG collection, one of the largest in the U.S.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Childhood: Children in American Art
July 4, 1979 – September 16, 1979

See 40 paintings, miniatures, prints and sculpture from NCFA collections, focusing on the special qualities of children. 

American Art Museum
Grant Mudford: Photographs
June 28, 1979 – September 9, 1979

View 40 prints made by the California photographer. In a simple, almost stark style, they focus on details of the Los Angeles cityscape.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Immovable Objects III: Urban Open Spaces
June 26, 1979 – September 3, 1979

Visit a city-wide exhibition of 'immovable objects' -- parks, plazas, streets and playgrounds.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Chinese Paintings from the Ch'ing Dynasty
June 15, 1979 – October 22, 1979

See about 20 examples of work by the innovative academic painters that were so influential during the beginning years of the Ch'ing Dynasty (1644-1911),

Freer Gallery
Child's Play
June 15, 1979 – September 9, 1979

Enjoy an exhibition of 14 educational toys, the result of a juried international competition, that celebrate UNESCO'S International Year of the Child.

Renwick Gallery
Whiskey Rebels
June 15, 1979 – December 9, 1979

See the instrument used by Federal tax collectors to measure the alcohol content of whiskey in a small exhibit about the Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion of 1794.

Portrait Gallery