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The Texture of Night: James McNeill Whistler The Texture of Night: James McNeill Whistler
June 6, 2009 – July 25, 2010

Though small in scale, view these nighttime views of London, Venice, and Amsterdam that are among Whistler's most aesthetically suggestive and technically innovative works.

Freer Gallery
Stonewall: Fortieth Anniversary
May 30, 2009 – August 2, 2009

Stonewall: Fortieth Anniversary he archival materials in these cases relating to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community are on view to mark the 40th anniversary of the modern gay rights movement.

American History Museum
Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants
May 30, 2009 – October 12, 2009

This exhibition provides a look at life from an ant's point of view through large-format photographs of ants going about their daily business, a cast of an underground ant city, and a live ant colony.

Natural History Museum
The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection Highlights The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection Highlights
May 18, 2009 – Indefinitely

On view are 60 objects and 4 in the lobby from this comprehensive 525-piece collection of African art representing 20 African countries and 75 peoples and covers 5 centuries of African art.

African Art Museum
Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings
May 18, 2009 – November 1, 2009

Explore the first permanent English, French, and Spanish settlements in the New World -- Jamestown, Virginia (1607); Quebec, Canada (1608); and Santa Fe, New Mexico (1609) -- and the societies that emerged to approximately 1700.

Ripley Center
Design for a Living World Design for a Living World
May 14, 2009 – January 4, 2010

Follow ten leading designers commissioned to develop new uses for sustainably grown and harvested materials in order to tell a unique story about the life cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
The Tsars and the East: Gifts from Turkey and Iran in The Moscow Kremlin The Tsars and the East: Gifts from Turkey and Iran in The Moscow Kremlin
May 9, 2009 – September 13, 2009

View some 64 objects offered as lavish gifts and tributes by the Ottomans and Safavids to the Tsars, and understand the aesthetic and ceremonial etiquette they inspired.

Sackler Gallery
Pile of Loot from Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Pile of Loot from Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
May 4, 2009 – October 1, 2009

View the "pile of loot" from the Twentieth-Century Fox movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Smithsonian Castle
Jean Shin: Common Threads
May 1, 2009 – July 26, 2009

American Art Museum
Directions: Walead Beshty: Legibility on Color Backgrounds Directions: Walead Beshty: Legibility on Color Backgrounds
April 30, 2009 – September 13, 2009

Beshty creates photographs and sculptures that reconsider some of the fundamental premises of modern art.

Hirshhorn Museum
I Do Solemnly Swear: Photographs of the 2009 Inauguration I Do Solemnly Swear: Photographs of the 2009 Inauguration
April 29, 2009 – July 12, 2009

This exhibition features approximately 50 framed color and black-and-white photographs highlighting the week-long events surrounding the historic Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.

American History Museum
Black Box: Guido van der Werve Black Box: Guido van der Werve
April 20, 2009 – October 11, 2009

Guido Van der Werve is multi-talented, focusing first on painting, then performance art, and finally, film.

Hirshhorn Museum
Reflections-Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century Reflections-Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century
April 10, 2009 – August 16, 2009

This exhibition of approximately 75 works probes the complex issues of understanding identity in the past century.

Portrait Gallery
Universal Dimensions: The Space Art of Wang Ming
April 9, 2009 – October 9, 2009

See 35 works by Chinese painter and former air traffic controller Wang Ming.

Air and Space Museum
Writing, Carving, and Rubbing: China's Calligraphic Arts
April 4, 2009 – October 25, 2009

Follow the evolution of Chinese calligraphy through six major script types in the past three millenniums. 

Freer Gallery
Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composers and Their Signature Works Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composers and Their Signature Works
April 4, 2009 – June 28, 2009

Two of the greatest jazz composers were Duke Ellington (1899-1974) and Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967). This exhibition examines two of their most ubiquitous pieces.

American History Museum
Of the Moment: A Video Sampler from the Archives of American Art
April 4, 2009 – July 27, 2009

See video highlights from the Archives' collections that document scenes from the lives of selected artists.

Archives of American Art
Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas
April 1, 2009 – July 26, 2009

Explore 500 years of the visual culture and history of the water spirit, Mami Wata, that is celebrated throughout much of Africa and the African Atlantic world.

African Art Museum
Claude "Fiddler" Williams and the Kansas City Jazz Scene
April 1, 2009 – May 29, 2009

American History Museum
Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture
March 27, 2009 – August 2, 2009

This exhibition examines the artistry of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) who harnessed the power of portraiture and self-portraiture to secure his reputation as an iconoclast and establish himself as a major figure in the art world.

Portrait Gallery