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Senses of Time: Video-and Film-based Works of Africa
May 18, 2016 – January 2, 2017

Six internationally recognized African artists examine how time is experienced—and produced—by the body.Time-based works by Sammy Baloji, Theo Eshetu, Moataz Nasr, Berni Searle, Yinka Shonibare MBE, and Sue Williamson repeat, resist, and reverse the expectation that time must move relentlessly forward.

African Art Museum
Prince's "Yellow Cloud" Electric Guitar
April 26, 2016 – September 5, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recognizes the life and legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson (1958 – 2016) by displaying his “Yellow Cloud” electric guitar.

American History Museum
In Memoriam: Prince
April 22, 2016 – May 31, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of Prince Nelson with a photograph by Lynn Goldsmith. The image was taken in 1993.

Portrait Gallery
Finding: Source Material in the Archives of American Art
April 22, 2016 – August 21, 2016

In this exhibition, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art reveals how artists find inspiration. The ways in which artists draw on source materials provides a glimpse into the twists and turns of their creative practices

Archives of American Art
Painting with Words: Gentleman Artists of the Ming Dynasty
April 16, 2016 – July 24, 2016

Poetry, painting, and calligraphy: Known as the “Three Perfections,” these genres were regarded as the ultimate expressions of Chinese literati culture during the Ming dynasty (1369–1644). Painting with Words celebrates Wu School works, examining the relationship between their imagery, brushstrokes, and, especially, words.

Sackler Gallery
Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change
April 7, 2016 – September 5, 2016

Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change is a major exhibition by one of the leading postwar American artists. It is the first museum survey devoted to Irwin’s work in the pivotal decade of the 1960s.

Hirshhorn Museum
Hollywood and Time: Celebrity Covers
April 1, 2016 – September 11, 2016

Hollywood personalities who once graced theater marquees across America are featured in original cover art commissioned by Time magazine. Included are vintage portraits of stars, as well as Oscar-winning directors.

Portrait Gallery
Celebrate: Gregory Peck
April 1, 2016 – April 10, 2016

In honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Portrait Gallery honors his life and legacy with his portrait by Everett Raymond Kinstler on our “Celebrate” wall.

Portrait Gallery
The Blue Note Photographs of Francis Wolff
April 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016

This Archives Center case features photographs of jazz musicians. Francis Wolff was the co-founder of Blue Note Records as well as the photographer who created most of the company’s record album cover images. Large photographic prints on display depict such luminaries as Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman, and Miles Davis in the 1950s-1960s.

American History Museum
Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater
March 19, 2016 – September 18, 2016

Born in 1979 in southern Saudi Arabia and trained as a medical doctor, Ahmed Mater has been a practicing artist since the early 1990s, creating works that offer an unparalleled perspective on contemporary Saudi Arabia.

Sackler Gallery
Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains
March 12, 2016 – December 4, 2016

This exhibition reflects the dynamic tradition of narrative art among Native nations from the Great Plains. The exhibition traces the evolution of the art form from historic hides, muslins, and ledger books to more than 50 contemporary works commissioned by the museum.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today
March 12, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Every three years the National Portrait Gallery invites artists from across the nation to submit their best works of portrayal. Jurors select the finest works that showcase mastery and innovation in the form.

Portrait Gallery
In Memoriam: Nancy Reagan
March 7, 2016 – March 28, 2016

A photograph by Aaron Shikler (1922–2015) taken for the January 14, 1985 cover of Time magazine is on view.

Portrait Gallery
Thom Browne Selects
March 4, 2016 – October 23, 2016

In this installment of the museum’s Selects series, fashion designer Thom Browne explores ideas of reflection and individuality with an installation that includes more than 50 of the museum’s historic and contemporary mirrors and frames.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
No Mountains in the Way
February 26, 2016 – July 31, 2016

In the 1970s, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) conceived a series of photo survey projects, inspired by the epic documentary photography program undertaken by the federal government in the 1930s and 1940s. The installation of 63 vintage prints from this survey of 120 photographs, are all works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection.

American Art Museum
A New Moon Rises: New Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
February 26, 2016 – January 10, 2017

A New Moon Rises showcases breathtaking images from Apollo landing sites to majestic mountains that rise out of the darkness of the lunar poles. The 61 large prints presented in this exhibition reveal a celestial neighbor that is surprisingly dynamic, full of grandeur and wonder.

Air and Space Museum
Kevin Spacey as President Francis J. Underwood
February 24, 2016 – October 10, 2016

The Portrait Gallery unveiled a new portrait of Kevin Spacey as his Golden Globe-winning character Frank Underwood from the Netflix original series, House of Cards. The monumental painting, which measures six feet by six feet, was painted by Jonathan Yeo.

Portrait Gallery
Ray Charles: "The Genius"
February 22, 2016 – July 4, 2016

Ray Charles was one of the most innovative and influential musicians of the 20th century. This display explores his ability to overcome blindness, poverty, and segregation, as well as the musical talent and flair for performance that made him an icon of American music.

American History Museum
The Norie Atlas and the Guano Trade
February 17, 2016 – January 29, 2017

This display will highlight John Norie's unique Marine Atlas, a large bound book of sea charts dating to the early 19th century, within the historical context of the guano and nitrate trades, in which many of the swiftest and strongest American square-rigged sailing ships were employed.

American History Museum
Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld's Discovery of Pasargadae
February 13, 2016 – July 31, 2016

Pasargadae was the first capital of the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire (circa 540 BCE) and the last resting place of Cyrus the Great. Featuring selections from the Freer|Sackler Archives’ rich holdings of Ernst Herzfeld’s drawings, notes, and photographs, this exhibition illuminates one of the most important sites of the ancient world.

Sackler Gallery

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