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A Renwick Bestiary
June 19, 1981 – August 30, 1981

Admire and purchase animal images depicted on objects ranging from baskets, bowls, and furniture to toys, jewelry, mugs, molds, and rubber stamps.

Renwick Gallery
The Moving Image
June 16, 1981 – August 16, 1981

See 100 examples of artwork created for use in the production of animated films, from virtually every major studio.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New Accessions (20th-Century Art)
June 12, 1981 – November 1, 1981

View 29 paintings, drawings, and sculptures, that highlight the museum's continuing program of acquiring contemporary works as well as those of historic significance.

American Art Museum
Gardens of Delight
June 9, 1981 – August 23, 1981

See some 500 objects--ceramics, glass, silver, wallpaper, textiles, metalwork--and some 200 architectural drawings featuring gardens, real and imaginary .

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Galapagos: Born of the Sea
June 6, 1981 – August 2, 1981

Feodor Pitcairn shares his fascination with the Galapagos Islands in an exhibition of approximately 40 of his photographs. 

Natural History Museum
George Catlin: The Artist and the American Indian
June 5, 1981 – September 13, 1981

Executed by Catlin between 1830 and 1848, the 111 landscapes, portraits, and scenes of Indian life were intended to document a vanishing race for posterity.

American Art Museum
Kenneth Snelson
June 4, 1981 – August 9, 1981

The exhibition is a 20-year retrospective of the American sculptor's work and includes some 45 sculptures, drawings, maquettes, and panoramic photographs.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Beyond the Ocean, Beneath a Leaf
June 1, 1981 – July 14, 1981

Kjell Sandved's photographs celebrate Nature's grandeur as well as her intricacies, such as the irridescent scales of a butterfly's wings. 

Natural History Museum
The Cooper-Hewitt Collection: Pottery
May 26, 1981 – August 9, 1981

Take in a survey of the Cooper-Hewitt's collection of earthenware and stoneware--about 120 examples, dating from classical Greece to the present.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Kathakali Dance Case
May 20, 1981 – June 1, 1981

Kathakali is India's theater form that combines music, signing, acting, mime, and dance. Models of the performers, their costumes, and jewelry are displayed in a single case. 

Natural History Museum
Assignment: Aviation
May 19, 1981 – October 31, 1982

Visit an exhibition of photo-realistic art depicting modern aviation.

Air and Space Museum
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

This exhibit features four large pieces of machinery: an authentic 1837 John Deere plow, an early cottonseed planter, and two full-scale replicas: a Cyrus McCormick reaper and a John Froelich 1892 tractor (the first successful gas-operated tractor). 

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