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African Influences in Modern Art
January 1, 1980 – July 31, 1980

See an exhibition illustrating the similarities in form and artistic concept between traditional African sculpture and works of modern Western art.

African Art Museum
The Cooper-Hewitt Collection: Furniture
January 1, 1980 – February 3, 1980

View 20 examples of 17th-century English furniture, 18th-century French and Italian forms, and 19th- and 20th-century American designs.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
January 1, 1980 – February 3, 1980

View objects from 10 museums selected for their beauty, rarity, or historical value as being representative of the 75 million items in the Smithsonian collections.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Art of the Court of Shah Tahmasp
January 1, 1980 – August 15, 1980

Enjoy 47 manuscripts, illuminations, drawings and book bindings executed during the reign of Shah Tahmasp (1524-1576), one of the most brilliant periods of Islamic art.

Freer Gallery
A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions, 1970-1980
January 1, 1980 – April 30, 1980

View 114 works that represent a variety of Asian cultures, including secular paintings, religious images and ritual objects, personal ornaments and household furnishings ranging in time from 3,000 B.C. to the 19th century.

Freer Gallery
Japanese Lacquer
January 1, 1980 – March 1, 1980

See approximately 60 lacquer objects--including writing boxes, cabinets, seal cases, and containers--that illustrate 11 centuries of lacquer-making techniques.

Freer Gallery
Armenian Manuscripts
January 1, 1980 – January 31, 1980

View early Christian manuscripts from the Freer's collection, including 6 Gospels, a hymnal, and a Psalter.

Freer Gallery
Recent Gifts: Portraits (of Alexander Hamilton and Fisher Ames)
January 1, 1980 – May 1, 1983

Enjoy 2 portraits presented by former Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge and his son, Harvard professor George C. Lodge: Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull and Fisher Ames by Gilbert Stuart.

Portrait Gallery
Time: Arts and Entertainment (Part II)
January 1, 1980 – February 29, 1980

Contemplate 49 likenesses from the Time magazine cover collection of 900 original paintings, drawings, photos, and sculptures acquired in 1978.

Portrait Gallery
Josef Albers: The HMSG Collection
January 1, 1980 – March 23, 1980

View 36 works by Josef Albers (1888-1976), influential painter, teacher and color theorist.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Oscar Bluemner: The HMSG Collection
January 1, 1980 – March 2, 1980

See 58 landscapes (3 paintings, 55 drawings and watercolors) that show the stylistic development of this American Modernist. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Fernando Botero: A Retrospective Exhibition
January 1, 1980 – February 10, 1980

Visit  66 works, often parodies of "official" art, in the first American retrospective to honor Botero, a 47-year-old Colombian artist currently living in Paris.  

Hirshhorn Museum
The Cubist Heritage
January 1, 1980 – January 25, 1980

See 30 works on paper and one wood relief done during the period 1912-1939. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Raphael Soyer: A Birthday Celebration
January 1, 1980 – January 20, 1980

Honor the artist's 80th birthday (Dec. 25) with 28 paintings and watercolors from the permanent collection.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Country Store Post Office
– July 21, 2006

This country store was located in Headsville, West Virginia, from the 1860s to 1971, serving as a post office about half those years.

American History Museum
Ryijy Rugs from Finland: 200 Years of a Textile Art
December 21, 1979 – March 16, 1980

Examine 30 rugs that illustrate stylistic progression in design as well as the changing uses of "ryijy" from bed covering, ceremonial rug, and bench cover to wall decoration.

Renwick Gallery
Jacob Kainen, Five Decades As a Painter
December 7, 1979 – January 6, 1980

Mark Kainen's 70th birthday and survey his career as a painter with these 19 oils.

American Art Museum
The Drawings of Morris Louis
December 6, 1979 – February 3, 1980

See 57 drawings, shown for the first time, that represent the earlier output of an artist who became notable as a painter.

American Art Museum
Hugo Robus (1885-1966)
November 30, 1979 – March 2, 1980

Take in a retrospective exhibition of 41 works including sculpture, paintings, drawings, and jewelry. Included are a group of oils, executed before 1920, the year Robus decided to concentrate on sculpture.

American Art Museum
A Century of Ceramics in the United States, 1878-1978
November 8, 1979 – January 27, 1980

Trace the growth of ceramics as an art form from its traditional art pottery roots to more recent pioneering personal statements in clay with these 231 works.

Renwick Gallery