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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
American Enterprise: 19th-Century Patent Models
January 17, 1984 – April 1, 1984

Marvel at more than 500 patent models for technological development as well as for the betterment of the quality of daily life--washing machines, heating stoves, and folding furniture, for example.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Time and the Presidency
January 13, 1984 – January 29, 1985

See 21 likenesses of presidents selected from NPG's collection of original art work for Time magazine covers.

Portrait Gallery
The Nazca Lines
January 6, 1984 – April 15, 1984

See 60 black-and-white aerial photographs by Marilyn Bridges offer creative interpretation of the enormous ancient earth designs and drawings executed by the Nazca Indians of Peru. 

Natural History Museum
Capital Assets: Jewelry by Washington Area Artists
January 6, 1984 – March 4, 1984

Admire and purchase works in silver, gold, plastic, titanium, and cloisonne created by 21 artists.

Renwick Gallery
Vitamin Technology
January 1, 1984 – April 30, 1984

Visit a 1920s capsuling machine, a model of a 1950s capsuling machine, and some of the work of early vitamin researcher Casimir Funk and others.

American History Museum
"O' Write My Name": American Portraits, Harlem Heroes
December 17, 1983 – June 10, 1984

View 50 portraits of black Americans by Carl Van Vechten, noted author, critic, and photographer.

Portrait Gallery
Contemporary Australian Ceramics
December 16, 1983 – February 26, 1984

See 78 works by 38 artists that illustrate the diversity of styles prevalent in Australian ceramics today.

Renwick Gallery
1983 Trees of Christmas
December 15, 1983 – January 2, 1984

Twelve trees decorated with handcrafted ornaments reflect our ethnic heritages, crafts of historic periods, and nature. 

American History Museum
Holiday Tree for the Birds
December 12, 1983 – January 2, 1984

A large Norway spruce, bedecked with lights and edible treats for birds and squirrels by Friends of the National Zoo, has become an annual holiday attraction for Zoo visitors, both feathered and non-feathered.

National Zoo
Dreams and Nightmares: Utopian Visions in Modern Art
December 8, 1983 – February 12, 1984

A major loan exhibition of 136 works by 62 artists casts a sidelong glance at George Orwell's 1984 as we actually enter that year. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Nepal
December 1, 1983 – June 10, 1984

Featured are some twenty objects from Nepal, most dating from the 1940s and 1950s. 

Natural History Museum
Mathematical Models
December 1, 1983 – January 31, 1984

See a variety of geometric models used for education and research.  

American History Museum
Sawtooths & Other Ranges of Imagination: Contemporary Art of Idaho
December 1, 1983 – February 20, 1984

Documenting the fine arts in Idaho, this exhibition presents 41 works by 28 artists--paintings, sculptures, assemblages, collages, prints, drawings, and paper constructions.

American Art Museum