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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
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
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
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
Directions: Shana Lutker: Le 'NEW' Monocle, Chapters 1-3
October 29, 2015 – February 15, 2016

New sculptural work by contemporary American artist Shana Lutker based on historic fistfights involving surrealist artists.

Hirshhorn Museum
Sotatsu: Making Waves
October 24, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Making Waves is the first in-depth examination of this major Japanese artist. The exhibition convenes for the first time more than seventy of Sotatsu’s masterpieces from collections in Japan, Europe, and the United States, along with homage pieces by later artists that demonstrate his long-ranging influence.

Sackler Gallery
Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards Presents: The Best of the Best
October 24, 2015 – August 14, 2016

Enjoy 20 years of nature's finest moments in the "Best of the Best" photo exhibition. This collection brings dramatic landscapes, exciting wildlife behavior, and surprising glimpses of Earth's icy peaks to mysterious ocean depths.

Natural History Museum
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty
October 23, 2015 – March 20, 2016

Some 160 photographs by Irving Penn demonstrate his legacy as a modern master and place him in the context of the contemporary moment.

American Art Museum
Pixar: The Design of Story
October 8, 2015 – August 7, 2016

This exhibition examines the design process behind Pixar Animation Studios and films such as Toy Story, Wall-E, Up, Brave, The Incredibles, and Cars, among others. Focusing on the process of iteration, collaboration and research, Pixar features original artwork, including rarely seen hand-drawn sketches, paintings, and sculptures.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Hart-Celler Act
October 2, 2015 – May 5, 2016

The display marks the 50th anniversary of the Act with a selection of Latino-related artifacts. The Hart-Celler Act had far-reaching effects upon immigration to the United States by opening the possibility of coming to this nation for many people from around the world.

American History Museum
Billy Strayhorn: A Lush Life
October 2, 2015 – January 18, 2016

This Archives Center case commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of William “Billy” Strayhorn on November 29, 1915. Drawn from several collections in the Archives Center, it examines the pros and cons of his musical partnership with Duke Ellington as well as his career apart from Ellington.

American History Museum
Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs 1859-1872
September 18, 2015 – March 13, 2016

Alexander Gardner created dramatic and vivid photographs of battlefields, which included images of the recently dead. After the war, Gardner went west, creating unforgettable pictures of western landscape and portraits of American Indians. This exhibition also includes the iconic cracked-plate portrait of President Abraham Lincoln taken on February 5, 1865.

Portrait Gallery
Artists' Books and Africa
September 16, 2015 – September 11, 2016

African artists are experimenting with the genre of artists’ books, while international artists are exploring African themes in theirs. Artists’ Books and Africa is the first exhibition to focus on African artists books from the Smithsonian Libraries’ Warren M. Robbins Library and the National Museum of African Art.

African Art Museum
Science Under Glass
September 15, 2015 – September 18, 2016

An examination of our collection of scientific glassware, from the 1770s to the 1970s, reveals the underlying story of the growth of laboratory science in America.

American History Museum
Design for Small Spaces
September 5, 2015 – August 30, 2016

From fairy gardens to green walls, vignettes in this exhibit feature pieces from the Smithsonian Gardens’ Garden Furnishing Collection and plants grown at the Smithsonian Gardens Greenhouses. 

Ripley Center
The Modern Pueblo Paintings of Awa Tsireh
September 4, 2015 – January 31, 2016

The paintings of Awa Tsireh (1898-1955), also known by his Spanish name, Alfonso Roybal, represent an encounter between the art traditions of native Pueblo peoples in the Southwestern United States and the American modernist art style begun in New York, which spread quickly across the country.

American Art Museum

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