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Art of the Gift: Recent Aquisitions
July 25, 2015 – December 13, 2015

Art of the Gift celebrates some of the recent and promised gifts made to the museums and archives. Objects on view range from centuries-old Buddhist sculptures from Japan, Southeast Asia, and Tibet to lacquer ware and contemporary photography from Iran.

Sackler Gallery
The Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990-2015
July 20, 2015 – January 31, 2016

As part the Smithsonian's commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this display features objects from the national collections that capture the significance and legacy of the ADA through the stories of four people.

American History Museum
One Life: Dolores Huerta
July 3, 2015 – May 15, 2016

One Life: Dolores Huerta highlights the significant role of this Latina leader in the California farm workers movement of the 1960s and 70s. It illuminates Huerta as the co-founder, with Cesar Chavez, of the United Farm Workers (UFW), and highlights her position as the union’s lobbyist and contract negotiator.

Portrait Gallery
Abbas Kiarostami: Five Dedicated to Ozu
July 3, 2015 – September 13, 2015

From July to September 2015, the Freer|Sackler features a series of programs highlighting contemporary moving-image works from Iran. Presented as a single-screen projection, Five pays tribute to Yasujir? Ozu, the renowned Japanese filmmaker whose work has deeply influenced Kiarostami’s films.

Sackler Gallery
Mr. Wizard
July 1, 2015 – October 2, 2015

Personal papers, files and other items belonging to the late Don Herbert—Mr. Wizard—the well-known TV science educator from the 1950s-80s, recently acquired by the museum, are on display.

American History Museum
Lego American Flag
July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

As part of our Innovation wing opening day celebration, visitors to the museum (with the help of Lego Master Builders) built an American flag out of Lego. And not just any flag: it's constructed with 156,000 bricks and is the largest Lego American flag ever built!

American History Museum
Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art
June 28, 2015 – January 3, 2016

This exhibition features 37 paintings, ceramics, woodblock-printed books, and lacquers by Korin, his brother Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743), and later artists inspired by the brilliant simplicity of Rinpa design. It is complemented by a gallery of tea ceramics influenced by Hon'ami Koetsu, Sotatsu's principal collaborator.

Freer Gallery
Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio
June 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Provocations is the first museum exhibition to introduce the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio to an American audience. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, infrastructure and temporary structures, such as the U.K. Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, to, most recently, large-scale architecture projects around the world.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren (1626-1705)
June 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Born a prince of the Ming imperial house, Bada Shanren (1626–1705) lived a storied life, remaking himself as a secluded Buddhist monk and, later, as a professional painter and calligrapher. Featured in this exhibition are examples of his most daring and idiosyncratic works, demonstrating his unique visual vocabulary.

Freer Gallery
David Adjaye Selects
June 19, 2015 – February 14, 2016

The exhibition features 14 West and Central African textiles from the museum’s textile holdings, including an Asante kente cloth from Ghana, a bògòloanfini mud cloth from Mali, a Dyula ikat wrapper from Ivory Coast, a Yoruba indigo dyed wrapper from Nigeria and men’s hats from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Cameroon.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Meryl McMaster: Second Self
June 12, 2015 – December 11, 2015

Meryl McMaster (Cree) is an emerging artist from Ottawa, Ontario, whose work is comprised of visually stunning large-scale photography. This exhibition includes selections from “Second Self,” a playful but compelling series of portraits which engage with self-perception and constructed identity.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
EV1 Electric Car
June 10, 2015 – December 31, 2015

The EV1 was the first modern electric car designed for a mass market. Beginning in 1996, General Motors built 1,117 of the cars and leased most of them to consumers in California, Arizona, and Georgia. The EV1 became the focal point of a national discussion about innovation and the promise of reducing air pollution and dependence on oil with electric cars.

American History Museum
Shirin Neshat: Facing History
May 18, 2015 – September 20, 2015

In her mesmerizing films and photographs, Shirin Neshat (Iranian-American, b. Qazvin, 1957) examines the nuances of power and identity in the Islamic world—particularly in her native country of Iran, where she lived until 1975.

Hirshhorn Museum
How Posters Work
May 8, 2015 – November 15, 2015

Featuring nearly 125 works from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition shows how dozens of different designers—from prominent pioneers like Herbert Matter, Paul Rand, Philippe Apeloig and M/M Paris, to lesser-known makers—have mobilized principles of composition, perception, and storytelling to convey ideas and construct experiences.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Black Box: Risto-Pekka Blom
April 27, 2015 – August 9, 2015

Media artist Risto-Pekka Blom (Finnish, b. 1970, Mikkeli; lives and works in Tampere) is featured in the newest exhibition in the Black Box space. The exhibition consists of a single work, “Kurdrjavka [Little Ball of Fur]” (2013). It is the first U.S. museum presentation of the artist’s work.

Hirshhorn Museum
Watch This! Revelations in Media Art
April 24, 2015 – September 7, 2015

Artists have fearlessly engaged technological innovation to create an artistic revolution that continuously redefines how we imagine, receive, and understand our time. The exhibition includes forty-four works of art from 1941 to 2013, many of which were recently acquired by the museum.

American Art Museum
Special Installation of 19 American Masterworks
April 17, 2015 – August 16, 2015

These masterworks from Gilded Age, Impressionist, and Ashcan School painters help to tell the story of the late 19th century and early 20th centuries in America, a “coming-of-age” period in American art. 

American Art Museum
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists
April 8, 2015 – November 1, 2015

This dramatic multi-media exhibition reveals the ongoing global relevance of Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic as part of a shared intellectual heritage. Including original commissions and renowned works of art by some of the most dynamic contemporary artists from African nations and the diaspora.

African Art Museum
The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi
April 3, 2015 – August 30, 2015

Some 70 of Yasuo Kuniyoshi's best paintings and drawings are on view in this first survey of the artist's work in 25 years.

American Art Museum
Artist Teacher Organizer: Yasuo Kuniyoshi in the Archives of American Art
March 30, 2015 – July 10, 2015

Included in this exhibition are letters, photographs, writings, and rare printed materials documenting Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s life and work. This exhibition is organized in conjunction with The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Archives of American Art

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