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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
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
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
Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
February 12, 2016 – August 21, 2016

Cooper Hewitt’s renowned Triennial exhibition series showcases some of the most exciting, provocative, and innovative design created around the globe during the previous three years. The 2016 presentation will include a range of works from all areas of design including fashion, product design, interactive design, architecture, scent design, graphics and communications, and more.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Hooray for Politics!
February 1, 2016 – November 14, 2016

This display juxtaposes historic voting devices with contemporary candidate rally signs to encourage our visitors to reflect on the relationship between the nation’s democratic traditions and the current swirl of election news, and draw visitors into conversations on the importance of civic engagement.

American History Museum
Part File Score
January 22, 2016 – April 10, 2016

"Part File Score" (2014) is a recently aquired large-scale multimedia installation by Susan Philipsz. The installation is based on the life and work of film composer Hanns Eisler, a German Jew who immigratred to the United States after his music was banned by the Nazis, only to become an early victim of the infamous Hollywood blacklist of supposed Coummunist sympathizers.

Hirshhorn Museum
George Sidney: Creativity and Innovation in Golden Age Hollywood
January 19, 2016 – March 31, 2016

This Archives Center case explores the career and innovation of award-winning Hollywood director George Sidney, whose classic films include Bathing Beauty, Anchors Aweigh, and The Harvey Girls.

American History Museum
From the Permanent Collection, the Artists of the Spiral Collective, 1963-1965
January 18, 2016 – September 25, 2016

In 1963 Hale Woodruff and Romare Bearden began an alliance of artists who met weekly to discuss their work, politics and civil rights. This exhibition looks at the brief activities of the group and includes works by Bearden, Woodruff, Robert Alston, Norman Lewis, Alvin Hollingsworth, and others—before and after their time in the Spiral Collective.

Anacostia Community Museum
The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art
January 16, 2016 – May 30, 2016

As part of Peacock Room REMIX, this related installation reconstructs how Whistler’s unrealized quest for “the perfection of art” intersected with less-rarified concerns about patronage, payment, and professional reputation.

Sackler Gallery
Twelve Years that Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-1975
December 14, 2015 – October 23, 2016

Change was in the air, some of it unsettling and threatening. Against a national background of Lyndon Johnson’s “great society,” anti-war protests, black power, feminism, and emerging gay rights, this exhibition focuses on events, people and challenges that transformed the city between 1963 and 1975.

Anacostia Community Museum
Giving in America
December 1, 2015 – November 21, 2016

The Giving in America display explores civic philanthropy over the past century. In the 21st century, private giving continues to shape our culture and communities.

American History Museum
Robert Motherwell: A Centennial Celebration
November 21, 2015 – March 27, 2016

This exhibition, guest curated by the artist Tim Clifford, marks the 100-year anniversary of the birth of painter Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), through letters, photographs, and rare printed material from collections in the Archives of American Art.

Archives of American Art
Frank Sinatra at 100
November 20, 2015 – July 10, 2016

This small display showcases Frank Sinatra’s contributions to America’s songbook and film history through photographic portraits by Herman Leonard and archival photos from Director George Sidney’ s collection, sheet music, album covers, and posters.

American History Museum
WONDER
November 13, 2015 – July 10, 2016

WONDER, the opening exhibition at the newly renovated Renwick Gallery, features site-specific installations that transform the galleries into a contemporary “cabinet of wonders.”

Renwick Gallery
Art of the Airport Tower
November 11, 2015 – November 30, 2016

Art of the Airport Tower explores contemporary and historic air traffic control towers in the United States and around the world. Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo elevates airport towers to beautiful objects of art, and symbols of technological change and cultural expression within the airport landscape.

Air and Space Museum
Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist
November 7, 2015 – September 18, 2016

This major retrospective of the Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick, includes 75 of her most notable works, primarily paintings on board and canvas as well as a selection of works on paper and small sculpture.

American Indian Museum
Recent Acquisitions
November 6, 2015 – October 30, 2016

This annual exhibition features 29 objects that tell the story and identity of America through the art of portraiture and showcase some of the newest additions to the museum’s collection.

Portrait Gallery
Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection
October 30, 2015 – April 10, 2016

Crosscurrents features stellar paintings and sculpture by major American artists Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wayne Thiebaud and others alongside European giants such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

American Art Museum
Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York
October 29, 2015 – February 15, 2016

The first major museum exhibition devoted to a comprehensive view of the movement’s three-dimensional works brings together more than 100 works created by more than 20 artists from France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Hirshhorn Museum

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