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Waiting for the Hour: The Emancipation Proclamation
March 3, 1980 – February 8, 1981

This small exhibition takes its name from a painting on loan from the White House, Watch Meeting--December 31, 1862--Waiting for the Hour. The oil by William Tolman Carlton portrays slaves waiting for the appointed hour of their liberation on New Year's Eve.

Portrait Gallery
The S.S. (Space Ship) Pussiewillow II
March 1, 1980 – 1990

Enjoy a whimsical machine by inventor-sculptor Rowland Emett, who is known worldwide for his intricate machines that whirr, spin, flash, sway, and quiver, going nowhere, doing nothing, poking fun at technology.

Air and Space Museum
Georg Jensen Silversmithy: 77 Artists, 75 Years
February 29, 1980 – July 6, 1980

View 150 pieces of flatware, jewelry, hollowware, and decorative accessories designed for the Danish firm since 1904. Objects range from clocks and candelabara to pipe tampers and cane handles.

Renwick Gallery
A Century of Ceramics in the United States, 1878-1978
February 26, 1980 – May 25, 1980

Visit a variety of ceramics styles, philosophies, and techniques illustrated by some 200 examples of the work of major potters, designers, and craftsmen.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Time: Arts and Entertainment (Part III)
February 22, 1980 – January 4, 1981

See the 3rd exhibition of selections from the Time Magazine Cover collection, focusing on portraits of persons in the arts and entertainment, as did the second show.

Portrait Gallery
The American Renaissance, 1876-1917
February 22, 1980 – April 20, 1980

Created during a period when Americans identified themselves as spiritual heirs of the European Renaissance, these 300 works include architectural models, plans, drawings, photographs, paintings, murals, sculpture, glass, bookbinding, jewelry, furniture, fabrics, and wallpaper.

American Art Museum
Recent Acquisitions: Prints, Drawings and Watercolors
February 8, 1980 – May 16, 1982

Visit approximately 55 works on paper including etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, drawings, and watercolors acquired during the past 2 years by gift, bequest or purchase.

American Art Museum
Hans Richter and Stalingrad (Victory in the East)
February 7, 1980 – February 28, 1981

See a 16-foot long scroll-collage created in 1943 by the German-born artist/filmmaker, including preliminary studies.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Five 19th-Century Afro-American Artists
February 4, 1980 – February 29, 1980

See 25 works by Henry O. Tanner, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Robert S. Duncanson, Edmonia Lewis, and Joshua Johnston selected from the permanent collection.

African Art Museum
Twills With Titles: H. Theodore Hallman, Weaver; Kenneth A. Mills, Poet
February 1, 1980 – April 27, 1980

See 18 contemporary textile hangings which document innovative fiber artist H. Theodore Hallman's work, each with titles by Mills.

Renwick Gallery
Works from the 1979 Annual Exhibition of Art Depicting Birds
February 1, 1980 – June 8, 1980

Admire 47 works including paintings, drawings, watercolors, and wood carvings, chosen from an annual juried exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin.

American Art Museum
January 29, 1980 – March 30, 1980

Admire tile designs of the East and West from the 13th to the 20th centuries from the Cooper-Hewitt collection, supplemented by items on loan.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Japanese Prints ("Surimono" Genre)
January 25, 1980 – April 15, 1980

See 10 "Surimono," miniature genre prints and poems that are the focal point of 24 works.

Freer Gallery
The Ocean Liner: Speed, Style, Symbols
January 22, 1980 – April 6, 1980

See models, drawings, posters, and other related objects that feature ocean liners as symbols of 20th-century technology and artistry.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Howard Chandler Christy
January 11, 1980 – August 3, 1980

See the American portrait painter's early work as an illustrator, including his WWI Christy Girl posters.

Portrait Gallery
Ten Tennessee Potters
January 9, 1980 – March 14, 1980

Admire and purchase utilitarian production pottery pieces--bowls, plates, mugs, covered dishes, etc.

Renwick Gallery
Frederick Douglass Gallery
January 1, 1980 – June 16, 1986

See the black leader's first Washington home with furniture, photographs, books, newspapers and other memorabilia that reflect his life and times.

African Art Museum
Traditional Art from Upper Volta
January 1, 1980 – May 31, 1980

View more than 115 masks, figures, jewelry, and utilitarian items from the Bwa, Bobo, Lobi, Mossi, and Gurunis peoples of Upper Volta.

African Art Museum
The Useful Arts of Kenya
January 1, 1980 – May 15, 1980

See a comprehensive display of Kenyan arts and crafts, plus other utilitarian objects.

African Art Museum
The Sculptor's Eye: Chaim Gross Collection
January 1, 1980 – March 31, 1980

View 150 figures, masks and other objects, as well as 250 Ashanti goldweights from Chaim Gross's collection.

African Art Museum