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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
African Islam
November 30, 1983 – April 22, 1984

See more than 100 works of art that explore the interaction of Islam and traditional African life.

African Art Museum
Inventing Standard Time
November 18, 1983 – June 14, 1984

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the acceptance of Standard Time in the U.S., see more than 60 objects, including 2 rare sundials, maps of time zones, railroad watches, and other objects.  

American History Museum
Masterpieces from Versailles: Three Centuries of Portraiture
November 11, 1983 – January 8, 1984

On loan from France's national portrait collection are 43 paintings dating from the reign of Louis XIII (1610-1643) to the final years of the monarchy under Emperor Napoleon III (1851-1871).

Portrait Gallery
Precious Legacy: Judaic Treasures from Czechoslovak State Collections
November 9, 1983 – January 1, 1984

On loan from the Czechoslovak State Jewish Collection in Prague, these religious and secular objects were amassed by the Nazis, through confiscation, to show the material culture of the "race" Hitler wished to annihilate. 

Natural History Museum
Mammalia Africana
November 5, 1983 – January 2, 1984

View sketches and drawings of animals of Africa by Jonathan Kingdon, a scientific illustrator associated with the Department of Zoology, Oxford University.  

Natural History Museum
Russel Wright: American Designer
November 4, 1983 – March 4, 1984

Survey the work of one of the first industrial designers to break away from European dominance in design in these 250 examples of furniture, flatware, ceramics, glassware, serving pieces, fabrics, period photographs, and archival material.

Renwick Gallery
Ban Chiang: Discovery of a Lost Bronze Age (Thailand)
November 2, 1983 – January 31, 1984

Some 200 objects are presented in this major exhibition on the ancient culture in the area now known as Ban Chiang in northeastern Thailand.  

Natural History Museum
The Amsterdam School: Dutch Expressionist Architecture, 1915-1930
November 1, 1983 – February 5, 1984

Visit more than 100 architectural drawings and a small selection of furniture and photographs in an exhibition that marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Michel de Klerk, foremost Dutch architectural draftsman of the 20th century and central figure of the Amsterdam School.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Art of the European Goldsmith: Silver from the Schroder Collection
November 1, 1983 – January 22, 1984

Visit 79 silver and silver-gilt objects from the notable collection of the Schroder family of Great Britain. Most of the pieces are from the Renaissance and Mannerist periods and include ceremonial and display plates (cups, trays, bowls, platters, and ecclesiastical vessels).

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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