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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
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
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

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