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Chinese Paintings
March 9, 1984 – July 31, 1984

See approximately 30 paintings spanning the Sung dynasty (960-1279) through the Ch'ing dynasty (1644-1912) and including 2 recently accessioned works by Tao-chi, a 17th-century painter with a wide reputation in the West.

Freer Gallery
The North Carolina Glass Community
March 8, 1984 – May 6, 1984

Admire and purchase works selected by noted glass artist Harvey Littleton, who has a studio in North Carolina. Both one-of- a-kind and production pieces of 12 craftsmen are included.

Renwick Gallery
1983 Friends of the National Zoo Photography Contest
March 2, 1984 – March 30, 1984

See 34 photos of scenes shot at the Zoo in the FONZ annual competition.

National Zoo
Valentine's Day Images in Commercial Advertising
March 1, 1984 – March 31, 1984

View some 15 images, most of which are advertising tear sheets using the American "valentine."  

American History Museum
Embroidered Samplers from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection
February 21, 1984 – May 27, 1984

See nearly 200 examples of 17th-through-19th century embroidered samplers from around the world, from the Cooper-Hewitt collection.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Equestrian Image
February 17, 1984 – April 8, 1984

View a brass sculpture that served as a finial on a large iron staff, an emblem of leadership called a "sono" by the peoples of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa.

African Art Museum
Korean Influences in Japanese Ceramics
February 17, 1984 – November 11, 1984

Visit some 25 objects from the Freer's ceramics collection that examine the enduring appeal in Japan of Punch'ong ware--Korean ceramics introduced in the 16th century.

Freer Gallery
Fanfare, Part I
February 14, 1984 – July 8, 1984

See 31 examples from the 18th century, "the Golden Age of Fans," in the first of 3 consecutive installations.

Renwick Gallery
Arnold Genthe: The Celebrity Portraits
February 10, 1984 – March 25, 1984

Admire 60 original photographs of such celebrities as Sarah Bernhardt, Isadora Duncan, and Greta Garbo by turn-of-the-century photographer Arnold Genthe, whose distinctive work was characterized by use of soft focus and a chiaroscuro technique.

Portrait Gallery
Artists by Themselves: Artists' Portraits from National Academy of Design
February 10, 1984 – March 25, 1984

View 72 portraits and self-portraits of major American artists from the collection of the National Academy of Design.

Portrait Gallery
Wood Carving from Zaire
February 1, 1984 – February 5, 1984

See a sculpture of a woman and child that is the only Yombe maternity figure of its kind in a public museum collection in the U.S.

African Art Museum
Art from Italy: A Selection from the Museum's Collection
February 1, 1984 – April 8, 1984

More than 50 works represent a cross-section of Italian painting and sculpture, primarily from the postwar years.  

Hirshhorn Museum
The Art of Cameroon
February 1, 1984 – June 17, 1984

A crossroads for the migrations of many peoples, the diversity of Cameroon's population is reflected in the great variety and richness of art forms. Objects from the steppes and the forest are shown, but the primary focus of the exhibition is the art of the West African kingdoms of the Cameroon grassfields.

Natural History Museum
Microelectronics
February 1, 1984 – April 12, 1984

Marvel at approximately 50 microelectronic devices, including not only early calculators of the 1950s, transistors and chips, but also some of the instruments associated with transistor and integrated-circuit fabrication. 

American History Museum
Netsuke: Japanese Design in Miniature
January 31, 1984 – April 8, 1984

See some 400 examples of "netsuke"; miniature Japanese sculptures in ivory, wood, and other materials, worn from the 16th to mid-19th centuries.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Islamic Manuscript Illumination
January 27, 1984 – December 31, 1984

Admire the decoration of religious and secular manuscripts in 19 folios produced in Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan between the 10th and 16th centuries.

Freer Gallery
The Prints of Howard Norton Cook
January 27, 1984 – May 13, 1984

Take in 66 works by Cook (1901-1980), a printmaker who worked with equal success in lithography, wood engraving, and intaglio. His varied subject matter included scenes of New York City, New England villages, and Southwest Indians.

American Art Museum
Flexible Medium: Art Fabric from the Museum Collection
January 20, 1984 – August 18, 1985

See some 30 works that demonstrate diverse approaches by American artists to the structure and surface embellishment of textiles.

Renwick Gallery
Lura Woodside Watkins: Cultural Historian, 1897-1982
January 19, 1984 – April 2, 1984

Lura W. Watkins was an innovative scholar, studying 18th- and 19th- century artifacts in order to discover their importance in everyday life. See objects from the collections of the Divisions of Domestic Life and Ceramics and Glass, which she contributed to the Smithsonian.  

American History Museum
Etchings by the Tiepolos
January 17, 1984 – April 22, 1984

See some 50 etchings by the Teipolos--Giovannia Battista, Domenico, and Lorenzo--all selected from the Cooper-Hewitt's comprehensive collection of the works of these 18th-century Italian artists.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum