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The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nation's Millenium Assembly
November 19, 1977 – Permanent

This unique work of 20th century folk art was created by James Hampton, a GSA janitor, in a Northeast Washington garage from materials he gathered himself--old furniture, bottles, light bulbs, cardboard, etc.

American Art Museum
The Animal in Art: Selections from the HMSG Collection
November 17, 1977 – January 15, 1978

Nearly 90 paintings, sculptures and graphics include images of domesticated animals, wild animals and mythological and fantastic creatures as well as caricatures and abstract works inspired by animal themes. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Chinese Album Leaves and Fan Paintings
November 15, 1977 – March 30, 1978

See 40 album leaves and 14 fan paintings executed on paper or silk, depicting landscapes, figures, birds and flowers.

Freer Gallery
More Than Meets the Eye
November 15, 1977 – February 12, 1978

See nearly 400 objects from the Cooper-Hewitt holdings, that demonstrate categories such as Surface Embellishment, Sources of Design, Fun and Fancy, and Patrons and Clients.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Paintings of Charles Bird King (1785-1862)
November 4, 1977 – January 22, 1978

View a comprehensive exhibition of King's work including 30 oil portraits, 12 subject paintings, 5 drawings, 2 prints and 2 miniatures.

American Art Museum
French Folk Art
October 28, 1977 – June 11, 1978

Revisit the 18th- and 19th-centuries in France with this collection of tools and equipment, accoutrements of festivals and religious ceremonies, objects from daily life, and costumes and wearing apparel.

Renwick Gallery
Probing the Earth: Contemporary Land Projects
October 27, 1977 – January 2, 1978

See about 70 photographs, drawings, models, and related sculpture that document 12 land projects and proposed works by 10 artists. Land projects considered are those that actively engage the landscape in large-scale formal schemes and continuously unfold with the forces of nature.

Hirshhorn Museum
A New England Town: A Portrait by Alice Stallknecht
October 15, 1977 – November 27, 1977

View 3 murals, the result of 14 years' work by Alice Stallknecht (1880-1973), who painted her friends and neighbors in Chatham, Massachusetts.

Portrait Gallery
Instrument of the Lord (Harriet Beecher Stowe and her Great Novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin)
October 7, 1977 – September 17, 1978

Visit an in-depth study of the Civil War novelists and her greatest work, Uncle Tom's Cabin, including portraits, documents, the first American edition, artist's proofs and gifts to Stowe.

Portrait Gallery
Kenneth Noland: A Retrospective
October 1, 1977 – November 27, 1977

Survey the work of Noland, who first achieved note while living in Washington, D.C. At the HSSG, view 45 early works, ranging from 'target' paintings of the late 1950s to elliptical and chevron abstractions of the 1960s. At the Corcoran, later works on view include Noland's striped and plaid motif paintings and his current color work. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Raphael Soyer: Drawings and Watercolors
September 30, 1977 – November 27, 1977

New York City life and people from the 1920s to the present are the subject of 58 figure studies and portraits by Soyer, now 77 years old.

American Art Museum
Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons in Japanese Art
September 15, 1977 – March 30, 1978

Examine the major themes of Japanese art in 60 objects from the collections: paintings, screens, lacquerware, ceramics and metalwork.

Freer Gallery
We Were But a Handful
August 26, 1977 – May 26, 1978

Pay tribute to the early suffragettes who brought about the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920 in this anniversary exhibit.

Portrait Gallery
The Arthur B. Carles Collection of the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
August 18, 1977 – October 9, 1977

See the HMSG's collection of 14 paintings by Carles (1882-1952), a pioneering American modernist who developed a style of vibrant color from the traditional subjects of figure, still-life, and landscape. 

Hirshhorn Museum
August 5, 1977 – February 20, 1978

See about 550 items that show how natural grasses have been used to make functional and decorative objects throughout the world.

Renwick Gallery
Homage to Josef Albers: Selections from the MHSG Collection
August 1, 1977 – October 9, 1977

Visit a selection of 19 works by the influential artist/teacher, including 2 major paintings of 1973, on public view for the first time. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922)
July 29, 1977 – January 8, 1978

Focus on Dow as a painter and printmaker rather than on his better-known role as an art educator in this retrospective exhibition of 55 works--drawings, prints, watercolors, oils, and photographs.

American Art Museum
Summer Sculpture '77: Jules Olitski
July 20, 1977 – October 4, 1977

Visit HMSG's first outdoor loan exhibition of contemporary sculpture, consisting of 6 large works employing curved or corrugated sheets of oiled steel in horizontal or vertical layers, extending as much as 10 feet in height or width. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Wrought Iron: Rendering from the Index of American Design
July 14, 1977 – October 24, 1977

See 16 watercolors of utilitarian wrought iron objects from the Index of American Design. The Index, a 1930s Federal project, is a collection of realistically executed drawings and watercolors of crafts and folk arts.

Renwick Gallery
Palaces for the People
July 12, 1977 – September 18, 1977

Capture the qualities of flamboyance, fantastic spaces and extraordinary use of materials used in American resort and motel architecture through photographs, drawings, postcards, slides and models.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum