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Selections from the Permanent Collection
June 26, 1980 – August 31, 1981

View 450 objects, including sculpture, masks, jewelry, ceremonial costumes, and textiles.

African Art Museum
Thomas Wilmer Dewing
June 19, 1980 – March 15, 1981

See 28 paintings, pastels, and drawings by the American artist Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938), selected from the Freer's collection.

Freer Gallery
Newer Than New Glass, Part I
June 13, 1980 – August 3, 1980

Admire and purchase glass pieces created by American craftsmen whose work is included in the current New Glass exhibition; among them are Paula Bartron, William Bernstein, and Robert Levin.

Renwick Gallery
June 10, 1980 – August 17, 1980

Enjoy an informative and sometimes light-hearted history of hair, its symbolism and significance in many societies, presented in prints, drawings and artifacts.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Resorts of the Catskills
June 10, 1980 – August 17, 1980

Explore Hudson River School paintings, photographs, historical documents, furniture, and video tape presentations that tell the architectural and social history of the mountain resort area of New York State.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Puppets from West Africa: Mali, Nigeria, Guinea
June 6, 1980 – September 21, 1980

Included in the 27 puppets on view is Mali's answer to "Big Bird"--Kono Don, a 5-1/2-ft. costumed figure--as well as green-haired maidens with movable torsos and arms; horse and rider puppets; and elaborately decorated antelope-head puppets.

African Art Museum
Zelda and Scott: The Beautiful and Damned
June 6, 1980 – November 30, 1980

The Fitzgeralds and their circle, the glamorous celebrities who exemplified the Jazz Age, are seen in portraits and photographs, manuscripts and memorabilia.

Portrait Gallery
Brancusi As Photographer
June 4, 1980 – August 10, 1980

Displayed are approximately 70 vintage prints, loaned by the Musee National D'Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, photographed by well-known sculptor Constantin Brancusi. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Across the Nation: Fine Art for Federal Buildings, 1972-79
June 4, 1980 – September 1, 1980

Explore 97 maquettes, preliminary paintings, and drawings that represent artists' conceptions of sculpture, tapestries, murals, and earthworks suitable for public buildings.

American Art Museum
Japanese Puppetry
June 1, 1980 – June 30, 1980

See painted screens and mounted scrolls depicting simple hand puppets as well as full-scale productions of Japan's puppet theater of the Edo Period (1615-1868).

Freer Gallery
Early Museums
June 1, 1980 – October 31, 1980

Two historic museum catalogs from SI collections, one dated 16th century, the other 18th century, are supplemented by natural history objects representative of Renaissance museum collections. I 

Natural History Museum
Spacelab Pallet
June 1, 1980 – May 15, 1997

See a reusable cargo container designed for use in a joint NASA-ESA (European Space Agency) laboratory project planned for the mid-1980s.

Air and Space Museum
Botanical Illustrations: Palms of the Lesser Antilles
May 24, 1980 – July 20, 1980

See 15 black-and-white plant illustrations of West Indian palms by Alice Tangerini, illustrator, NMNH Dept. of Botany. 

Natural History Museum
Powhatan Tribal Artisans: Contemporary Virginia Indian Potters
May 23, 1980 – July 6, 1980

See nearly 90 pieces of pottery made by southeastern Virginia's Powhatan Indians, some of it in traditional styles.  

Natural History Museum
John R. Grabach: Seventy Years an Artist
May 23, 1980 – August 17, 1980

See 22 paintings, drawings, and watercolors that re-introduce the work of an artist almost forgotten since the 1940s. Initially an Impressionist, Grabach became known during the 1920s and 1930s for his Ash-Can style urban landscapes and social protest paintings.

American Art Museum
The Fifties: Aspects of Painting in New York
May 22, 1980 – September 21, 1980

Included in an exhibition that reassesses a critical decade in American art are 67 works by 33 artists. Works are arranged chronologically, rather than stylistically, to re-create a sense of the overlapping developments occurring at that time.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Belgian Lace
May 16, 1980 – November 11, 1980

Admire 87 items of clothing and accessories created in various techniques--bobbin, needle, mixed techniques, and "fake" lace--dating from the late 19th century to the present.

Renwick Gallery
Sound Lab: Research in Animal Communications
May 15, 1980 – August 31, 1980

Featured in the Research in Natural History case is the work of Dr. William R. Heyer, curator, Dept. of Vertebrate Zoology, on the meanings of sounds made by frogs. 

Natural History Museum
Flight Attendants
May 15, 1980 – September 1, 1980

Enjoy an exhibit of 41 photographs (primarily black and white) and airline timetables showing commercial flight attendants at work, and changes in flight service over the years.

Air and Space Museum
Chinese Calligraphy
May 9, 1980 – November 10, 1980

View 28 written scrolls and rubbings in a major exhibition of calligraphy, regarded by the Chinese as the supreme artistic achievement.

Freer Gallery