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Art of the Mamluks in the Freer Collection
May 15, 1981 – June 30, 1982

Enjoy a small exhibit complementing the major MNH show, The Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks, with 27 examples of bookbinding, metalwork, illuminations, paintings, and glass from 14th- and 15th-century Egypt and Syria.

Freer Gallery
Eastern Kufic Calligraphy
May 15, 1981 – June 30, 1982

View 12 Koran pages from 10th to the 12th-century Iran.

Freer Gallery
Near Eastern Ceramics
May 15, 1981 – June 30, 1982

View a selection of ceramics, glass, and paintings, representing the cultural heritage of the Near East

Freer Gallery
Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks
May 15, 1981 – July 19, 1981

See approximately 130 objects in the first major exhibition of Mamluk art to be shown in the U.S. The Mamluks, bodyguards of the 13th-century rulers of Egypt and Syria, rose to become one of the major dynasties of the Middle Ages, ruling the area for some 150 years.  

Natural History Museum
An American Perspective: Selections from the Bequest of Frank McClure
May 15, 1981 – September 20, 1981

See 66 prints and drawings by 20th-century artists, chosen from the noted biochemist and printmaker's collection, a 1979 gift to NMAA.

American Art Museum
The Changing American Farm, 1831-1981
May 15, 1981 – May 5, 1982

American History Museum
Paul Gauguin's Cylinder Decorated With Figure of Hina & 2 Attendants
May 7, 1981 – June 30, 1981

This prized wooden sculpture by the modern French master was recently purchased by the museum. Measuring just over one foot in height, the carved cylindrical log of tamanu wood depicts Hina, the Polynesian moon goddess, and two worshipers. 

Hirshhorn Museum
High School Graphics VII
May 3, 1981 – August 9, 1981

Enjoy the creativity of Washington area public, private and parochial school students who have created 156 prints for NMAA's "Discover Graphics" program.

American Art Museum
Barbara Hepworth: The Hirshhorn Museum Collection
May 1, 1981 – July 19, 1981

Take in a special installation of 13 sculptures and one drawing by the British artist (1903-1975), a contemporary and colleague of Henry Moore. 

Hirshhorn Museum
In Their Own Way
May 1, 1981 – October 4, 1981

Reflect on 14 paintings, 4 sculptures, and 1 watercolor made by a diverse group of 19th- and 20th-century American artists, each of whom show a marked independence from the traditional.

American Art Museum
The Grand Beehive Exhibition
April 24, 1981 – November 8, 1981

Enjoy approximately 100 objects that are diverse expressions of Utah's state symbol, the beehive, which was first adopted by the Mormon settlers of Utah,

Renwick Gallery
David Anderson Gift
April 15, 1981 – May 30, 1981

Included among approximately 40 paintings, sculptures, and mixed media objects are works by Sam Francis, Alma Thomas, and Antonia Tapies. Anderson of Buffalo, N.Y., recently presented his collection of contemporary art as a gift to the HMSG. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Jefferson and Science
April 13, 1981 – July 5, 1981

On view are materials relating to Jefferson's scientific research, inventions, and samples from his study collections such as fossils and Indian artifacts.

American History Museum
German Stage Design of the Nineteenth Century
April 7, 1981 – June 7, 1981

Visit 80 designs for sets and costumes for major theater and opera productions in Germany during the 19th century, selected from the German Theater Museum, Munich.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Pressed on Paper: Fish Rubbings and Nature Prints
April 4, 1981 – May 31, 1981

See approximately 40 plant, fish, and marine animal rubbings made by an ancient Japanese technique, Gyotaku. 

Natural History Museum
American Porcelain Artists
April 3, 1981 – June 14, 1981

Admire and purchase place settings, bowls, vases, and vessels as well as ornamental and structural sculptures created by 11 of the artists whose work is included in the current Renwick exhibition, American Porcelain: New Expressions in an Ancient Art.

Renwick Gallery
Black Baseball: Life in the Negro Leagues
April 1, 1981 – May 13, 1981

American History Museum
Robert Natkin: Prints and Painted Prints
March 19, 1981 – June 14, 1981

See 26 color lithographs that reflect the American artist's previous explorations in non-representational painting.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Traditional Costumes and Jewelry of Egypt
March 16, 1981 – May 3, 1981

View embroidered dresses, cloaks, veils, belts, footwear, necklaces, bracelets and other items from all sections of Egypt, including the eastern desert, the Sinai, Nubia and oases of the south.

African Art Museum
Ancient Egyptian Art
March 16, 1981 – September 7, 1981

View Egyptian glass vessels dating from the 15th to 10th centuries B.C. as well as a famous sculpture of a king wearing the White Crown of Upper Egypt (c. 2525 B.C.)

Freer Gallery