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The Naming of America
October 26, 1983 – February 17, 1986

View a 1507 World map thought to be by Martin Waldseemuller, a German mapmaker, probably the first map to designate the New World continents as America, and supplemented by related materials.

American History Museum
Lafayette Square 1963-83: Architecture, Preservation & the Presidency
October 21, 1983 – January 15, 1984

Trace President John F. Kennedy's intervention to preserve the historic character of the square opposite the White House. The evolution of architect John Carl Warnecke's design is documented as well as the project's influence on architecture that combines old buildings with new construction.

Renwick Gallery
Robert Cornelius: Portraits from the Dawn of Photography
October 20, 1983 – January 22, 1984

See 37 images by Cornelius and his Philadelphia colleagues, the men who introduced many of the technical and mechanical improvements that made America daguerreotypes so superior. I

Portrait Gallery
The Capital Image: Painters in Washington, 1800-1915
October 19, 1983 – January 22, 1984

This major exhibition reveals the early cultural life of the city and documents the history of the capital through approximately 200 paintings, 25 prints, 50 photographs, representative sculpture, and a reconstruction of a late 19th-century artist's studio.

American Art Museum
Quilts
October 15, 1983 – June 15, 1985

Admire 3 quilts made between 1847 and the early 1900s. 

American History Museum
Germans in America: Three Centuries of Tradition and Innovation
October 7, 1983 – January 31, 1984

This exhibition commemorates the tricentennial of the first German settlement in North America.  

American History Museum
Whiz Bang: A Short History of Sound
October 7, 1983 – October 17, 1983

This 20-minute slide presentation traces the history of sound from nature--thunder, water and birds--to electronic and industrial sounds. 

American History Museum
Direct Carving in Modern Sculpture (1890-1940)
October 6, 1983 – January 22, 1984

See 38 pieces that focus on a sculptural technique in which a figure is cut or hewn in wood or stone rather than modeled in clay. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Selections from the First Annual Washington Craft Show
October 6, 1983 – January 2, 1984

Admire and purchase works created by 18 artists who work in ceramics, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, and wood.

Renwick Gallery
German-American Aerospace Heritage
October 6, 1983 – April 12, 1984

View photographs and career highlights about German-Americans such as Werner von Braun, Eddie Rickenbacker, Edward Heinemann, Grover Loening, William Boeing, and Hans von Ohain.

Air and Space Museum
The Ramayana
October 1, 1983 – April 15, 1984

See 24 paintings from a 16th-century Indian manuscript that tell the story of Rama, the Hindu god-man. Accompanying the paintings are 7 sculptural interpretations.

Freer Gallery
Studies in Connoisseurship, 1923-1983
September 23, 1983 – February 29, 1984

Learn how continuing scholarly investigation of works in the collections of Asian and turn-of-the-century American art has changed the understanding of 60 representative objects collected by gallery founder Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919).

Freer Gallery
Botanical Drugs of the Americas in the Old & New Worlds(Case of the Month)
September 23, 1983 – February 29, 1984

See numerous specimens of many botanical drugs used by Native Americans that were readily accepted into the European pharmacopoeia.  

American History Museum
Winston S. Churchill: Painting as a Pastime
September 21, 1983 – November 2, 1983

View 50 paintings by the renowned statesman and honorary American citizen that make up a virtual diary of his private life after 1915, including landscapes from his home and travels and portraits of his family and friends.

Smithsonian Castle
Contemporary Continuous Pattern
September 20, 1983 – January 15, 1984

Admire more than 20 floor-to-ceiling panels of printed and hand-painted fabrics, wallcoverings, and woven fabrics and 21 design drawings in an exhibition of continuous pattern in contemporary styles.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Through Their Eyes: The Art of Lou and Di Stovall
September 18, 1983 – March 4, 1984

See 84 works--silkscreen prints, drawings, and acrylic paintings--by 2 Washington, D.C., artists, showing their progression from posterists to master printmaker and miniaturist, respectively.

Anacostia Community Museum
Clay for Walls: Surface Reliefs by American Artists
September 16, 1983 – June 17, 1984

View 39 works by 20 contemporary artists who create decorative or sculptural ceramic wall reliefs.

Renwick Gallery
Purchases by the Hirshhorn Museum, 1974-83
September 15, 1983 – November 13, 1983

On view are 64 paintings, 52 sculptures, and 31 works on paper in this exhibition of major works acquired through purchase over the past ten years. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Lewis H. Latimer (1848-1928): The Art of Invention
September 15, 1983 – November 30, 1983

See a selection of his patent drawings of inventions, a light bulb and light sockets, which he developed while working for the Edison Company. 

American History Museum
At Home in the Sky: Aviation Art of Frank Wootton
September 15, 1983 – August 26, 1984

See a retrospective including 57 paintings and sketches of civil and military aircraft, landscapes, and equestrian subjects by Frank Wootton, considered the foremost aviation artist today.

Air and Space Museum