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Moving Perspectives: Shahzia Sikander/Xun Moving Perspectives: Shahzia Sikander/Xun
July 18, 2009 – November 8, 2009

See works by Shahzia Sikander and Sun Xun, shown continuously as part of the year-long series Moving Perspectives, focusing on contemporary Asia.

Sackler Gallery
Alan Bean: Painting Apollo, First Artist on Another World Alan Bean: Painting Apollo, First Artist on Another World
July 16, 2009 – January 13, 2010

View approximately 40 original paintings and drawings of the moon's landscape, fellow Apollo moonwalkers, and views of Earth from space by Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean.

Air and Space Museum
Earl Shaffer and the Appalachian Trail Earl Shaffer and the Appalachian Trail
July 10, 2009 – November 1, 2009

Focus on the American environmentalist, naturalist, and activist Earl Shaffer (1918-2002), who in 1948 became the first person to hike the entire Appalachian Trail more than 2,000 miles -- in one continuous hike. 

American History Museum
From Earth to the Universe
July 6, 2009 – July 27, 2009

Visit a bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibition that features some 50 large-scale images of a variety of astronomical objects -- from Earth to the farthest corners of the universe.

Air and Space Museum
Artful Animals Artful Animals
July 1, 2009 – July 25, 2010

Explore how African artists create striking works of art, using images from an array of domestic and untamed animals, in this exhibition dedicated to young audiences.

African Art Museum
Sunset Song
July 1, 2009 – October 31, 2009

Sunset Song, an 8-minute sound installation by Susan Philipsz, confronts visitors with questions about how an artist can deliver narrative and the ways an artist can sculpt space with sound rather than tactile materials.  

Hirshhorn Museum
World View: Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
July 1, 2009 – April 11, 2010

See 50 finalists from over 17,000 entries submitted from the United States and around the world to the Smithsonian magazine for its 6th Annual Photo Contest.

Smithsonian Castle
Judges Desk and Chairs from American Idol
June 27, 2009 – September 13, 2009

See the judges' desk and chairs from the Fox television show American Idol.

Smithsonian Castle
The Welsh Table
June 22, 2009 – September 21, 2009

See ceramics by ten contemporary makers whose work builds on and reinterprets traditional Welsh styles of pottery and their decoration.

Ripley Center
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
June 19, 2009 – January 10, 2010

Visit watercolors, pastels, and drawings from the 1920s to the 1960s to celebrate the extraordinary variety and accomplishment of American artists' works on paper.

American Art Museum
Berlin Airlift—A Legacy of Friendship
June 15, 2009 – July 23, 2009

Revisit the Berlin Airlift, one of the defining events of the Cold War, in this exhibition of photographs.

Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
Andrea Carlson
June 13, 2009 – January 10, 2010

More than 20 works by Minnesota-based artist Andrea Carlson (Anishinaabe/European, b. 1979) reflect cultural narratives and stories while offering a sharp commentary on museums, collections, and contemporary storytelling.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Annie Pootoogook
June 13, 2009 – October 10, 2010

Visit 39 works that chronicle the social, economic, and cultural realities of Inuit life in the Canadian North by Annie Pootoogook (Inuit, b. 1969).

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America
June 12, 2009 – November 1, 2009

View rare and archival photographs and film of Native American skateboarders, as well as skatedecks from Native companies and contemporary artists, that celebrate the vibrancy, creativity, and controversy of American Indian skate culture.

American Indian Museum
Grand Salon Installation: Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum Grand Salon Installation: Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
June 6, 2009 – November 11, 2013

On view are 70 paintings from the 1840s to the 1930s installed salon style, with paintings hung one-atop-another and side by side.

Renwick Gallery
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
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, Smithsonian Design Museum