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Contemporary Art from Alaska
June 23, 1978 – September 17, 1978

Enjoy the first survey of contemporary Alaskan art in the 'lower 48' with 57 paintings, watercolors, prints, drawings and sculpture

American Art Museum
"The Noble Buyer": John Quinn, Patron of the Avant-Garde
June 15, 1978 – September 4, 1978

Through 79 works by 26 artists, this major exhibition recreates the essence of Quinn's art collection, considered the most important assembled in the U.S. prior to the Depression. 

Hirshhorn Museum
The Celebration of Water
June 13, 1978 – August 6, 1978

Take a look at the design of facilities for the use and enjoyment of water: bathrooms, swimming pools, fountains, and water tanks atop buildings.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
William Cullen Bryant
June 12, 1978 – October 27, 1978

Mark the 100th anniversary of Bryant's death with a small exhibition including a silver Tiffany vase commissioned by friends for his 80th birthday; an edition of the New York Evening Post, which he edited for 50 years; a bust by Henry Kirke Brown; and an oil portrait by Daniel Huntington.

Portrait Gallery
Past and Present: A Century and a Half of a National Collection
June 11, 1978 – September 4, 1978

Examine the history of the NCFA and its expanding collection in this major exhibition of more than 200 works.

American Art Museum
Embroidery through the Ages
June 6, 1978 – September 3, 1978

See a two-part exhibition of 14th-20th century embroidered items from Europe.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Sales Exhibition: Dolls
June 6, 1978 – August 31, 1978

Admire and purchase various type of handcrafted dolls and doll houses made by American craftsmen.

Renwick Gallery
Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy
May 15, 1978 – October 8, 1978

During Better Hearing Month, explore the relationship between Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, through life masks, photographs, books and other memorabilia.

Portrait Gallery
Recent Acquisitions
May 5, 1978 – September 10, 1978

See about 55 prints and drawings selected from those acquired during the past two years.

American Art Museum
In Tribute...Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823-87) Secretary Smithsonian Institution 1878-87
May 4, 1978 – Closed

Learn about the accomplishments of the Smithsonian's second Secretary, Spencer F. Baird, and see some of the natural history specimens he collected.

Smithsonian Castle
The TIME of Our Lives
May 3, 1978 – June 30, 1979

Enjoy a selection of 107 original TIME magazine covers portraying 100 newsworthy persons of the past two decades.

Portrait Gallery
Grover Loening
April 30, 1978 – Closed

See photographs, trophies, medals, and plane models that tell the story of aircraft designer Grover Loening, the first person in the U.S. to receive a degree in aeronautical engineering.

Air and Space Museum
Ronald Pearson: Silver and Gold
April 28, 1978 – October 15, 1978

Take in a selection of Pearson's jewelry as well as a complete place-setting of a newly-designed flatware inspired by pieces from a John Quincy Adams service

Renwick Gallery
Phil Ratner's Washington
April 16, 1978 – August 27, 1978

View 32 sculptures and an equal number of portraits of Anacostians by Ratner, an Anacostia High School art teacher for 18 years. Also on view are tapestries, glass and 25 portrait sketches by Ratner, and a selection of works by Anacostia High School students.

Anacostia Community Museum
Els Quatre Gats: Art in Barcelona Around 1900
April 13, 1978 – June 25, 1978

See more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings by 14 artists that introduce the visitor to modernismo, a distinctively Catalan art movement developed by patrons of Els Quatre Gats (The Four Cats) cafe. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Chinese, Japanese and Korean Ceramics
April 10, 1978 – October 1, 1979

See the distinctive styles and techniques of the three Oriental cultures in a major exhibition of about 350 objects from the Freer's collections.

Freer Gallery
Buildings Reborn: New Uses, Old Places
April 6, 1978 – August 19, 1978

Learn about the recycling of 53 buildings in American cities, including the Fine Arts/Portrait Gallery building and the Renwick Gallery, documented through photographs and models.

Renwick Gallery
Sales Exhibition: Tribal Pottery of the Catawba Indians
April 4, 1978 – May 31, 1978

Admire and purchase a selection of bowls and pitchers made in their traditional way by women of the South Carolina Indian tribe.

Renwick Gallery
20th Century Stage and Costume Design
April 1, 1978 – April 30, 1978

See about 1000 original costume and scenic designs for major opera and ballet productions as well as for musical comedies, for sale in the Design Sales Gallery.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Maria Martinez: Five Generations of Potters
March 31, 1978 – August 6, 1978

Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso pueblo, New Mexico, has long been the most famous American Indian potter, known best for her black-on-black pottery.

Renwick Gallery