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Season's Greetings: Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art
November 20, 2009 – January 10, 2010

Kindle your holiday spirit with this exhibition of artist's hand-made holiday cards from the collections of the Archives of American Art.

Archives of American Art
Children at Play in Chinese Painting Children at Play in Chinese Painting
November 18, 2009 – May 23, 2010

Enjoy the recurring theme of children at play in fragrant gardens or at work in lush fields in Chinese art over the past two millennia.

Freer Gallery
A Song for the Horse Nation A Song for the Horse Nation
November 14, 2009 – July 7, 2011

The story of the horse's influence on American Indian tribes from the 1600s to the present is depicted.

American Indian Museum New York
Holidays on Display Holidays on Display
November 13, 2009 – September 30, 2010

This exhibition examines the art, industry, and history of holiday displays across the United States, primarily between the 1920s and the 1960s, at the height of their popularity.

American History Museum
Keeping History: Plains Indian Ledger Drawings  Keeping History: Plains Indian Ledger Drawings
November 13, 2009 – January 31, 2010

American History Museum
Yinka Shonibare MBE Yinka Shonibare MBE
November 10, 2009 – March 7, 2010

See the most comprehensive exhibition of works by this internationally renowned Nigerian, London-based artist to date.

African Art Museum
IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas
November 10, 2009 – May 31, 2010

Read compelling text and see powerful graphics on 20 banners discusses the cultural integration and diffusion of African American and American Indian people, especially those of blended heritage.

American Indian Museum
The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present
November 8, 2009 – July 4, 2010

Look at the history, culture, and art of Afro-Mexicans, beginning in the colonial era and continuing to present day in this traveling exhibition.

Anacostia Community Museum
Portraiture Now: Communities Portraiture Now: Communities
November 6, 2009 – July 5, 2010

Three artists -- Rose Frantzen, Jim Torok, and Rebecca Westcott -- explore the idea of community in portraits of friends, neighbors, or family.

Portrait Gallery
Invention Case: Hot Spot of Invention Invention Case: Hot Spot of Invention
November 6, 2009 – October 21, 2012

This case highlights how MIT became a "hot spot of invention" as World War II neared.

American History Museum
Directions: John Gerrard Directions: John Gerrard
November 5, 2009 – May 31, 2010

This exhibition features works by Irish artist John Gerrard (b. 1974, Dublin) who photographed actual sites of farms and oil fields from 360 degrees and then simulated cinematic movement around the sites using the computer, complete with shifting, natural lighting effects.

Hirshhorn Museum
Falnama: The Book of Omens Falnama: The Book of Omens
October 24, 2009 – January 24, 2010

Witness the most splendid tool devised to foretell the future, a type of illustrated text known as Falnama (Book of Omens).

Sackler Gallery
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009
October 23, 2009 – September 6, 2010

The National Portrait Gallery presents finalists' works that were selected from the second triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Portrait Gallery
Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort
October 16, 2009 – August 8, 2010

Examine iconic works and major pieces never before seen in the United States by Brian Jungen (Dunne-za First Nations/Swiss/Canadian), widely regarded as the foremost Native artist of his generation.

American Indian Museum
Design USA: Contemporary Innovation
October 16, 2009 – April 4, 2010

Celebrate the accomplishments of the winners honored during the first 10 years of the prestigious National Design Awards.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Panamanian Passages
October 14, 2009 – May 31, 2010

Trace Panama's human and natural history since the rise of the isthmus over 3 million years ago to its 20th-century struggle for sovereignty.

Ripley Center
Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection
October 8, 2009 – January 3, 2010

This is the first major survey spanning Anne Truitt's 40-year career since her death in 2004.

Hirshhorn Museum
Outdoor Installation: UP7TH
October 2, 2009 – September 17, 2010

The Hirshhorn Museum debuts new works by animator David Polonsky.

Hirshhorn Museum
What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect
October 2, 2009 – January 24, 2010

Enter the world of artist William T. Wiley (b. 1937), who has created a distinctive body of work during a 50-year career that addresses critical issues of our time.

American Art Museum
Meier 75
October 1, 2009 – October 12, 2009

Celebrate the architect Richard Meier's 75th birthday, with architectural drawings and models of three of his major projects, and three collage works.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum