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Perspectives: S-Curve by Anish Kapoor
November 22, 2008 – February 28, 2010

Two lengths of polished steel that gently curve to create a continuous convex and concave curve  engage the viewer in a powerful physical experience.

Sackler Gallery
Invention at Play Invention at Play
November 21, 2008 – November 27, 2011

This exhibition focuses on the similarities between the ways children and adults play and the creative skills and processes used by inventors.

American History Museum
National Treasures of Popular Culture National Treasures of Popular Culture
November 21, 2008 – March 15, 2012

This exhibition displays iconic and well-loved artifacts from popular culture that mirror the ways music, sports, and entertainment have played major roles in American life.

American History Museum
Invention Case: Jerome Lemelson: Toying with Invention Invention Case: Jerome Lemelson: Toying with Invention
November 21, 2008 – early 2012

On view in this case are notebooks with sketches of toy ideas and examples of some of the toys Jerome Lemelson invented.

American History Museum
Gettysburg Address Gettysburg Address
November 21, 2008 – January 11, 2009

To celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, the museum showcases the rarely exhibited White House's copy of the Gettysburg Address.

American History Museum
The Civilian Conservation Corps Experience, 1933-1942 The Civilian Conservation Corps Experience, 1933-1942
November 21, 2008 – March 31, 2009

The photographs and paper materials in these cases show what life was like for the young men who enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC), specifically the conservation work they engaged in and their daily life in camp.

American History Museum
Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration
November 21, 2008 – May 3, 2010

This exhibition explores the power of pictures and book illustrations.

American History Museum
Robots on the Road: Stanley
November 21, 2008 – January 8, 2012

Stanley, a modified Volkswagen Touareg, offers a glimpse into the future of "smart" cars. It can drive itself without a human in the driver's seat or at remote controls.

American History Museum
Honoring Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln Certified Plate Proofs Honoring Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln Certified Plate Proofs
November 15, 2008 – September 21, 2013

Eleven certified plate proofs for postage stamps issued from 1894 to 1959 honoring Abraham Lincoln are on view in the Philatelic Gallery pullout frames.

Postal Museum
Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968
November 8, 2008 – March 9, 2009

View nearly 200 unforgettable images that changed a nation, increasing the momentum of the non-violent civil rights movement by raising awareness of injustice and the struggle for equality in the United States.

Ripley Center
After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy
November 8, 2008 – March 9, 2009

Examine the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement while exploring the continuing relevance of progressive social change through the art of the After 1968 artists, a group of young emerging artists born since 1968.

Ripley Center
Nature's Best 2008 Photography Awards: Windland Smith Rice International Awards
November 8, 2008 – May 3, 2009

On view are 45 winners in 19 categories from the 2008 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

Natural History Museum
Golden Seams: The Japanese Art of Mending Ceramics Golden Seams: The Japanese Art of Mending Ceramics
November 8, 2008 – November 29, 2009

See 13 ceramics from China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan that were mended and enhanced by a unique method of 'gold' lacquer repair created by Japanese craftsmen.

Freer Gallery
Moonlight and Clouds: Silver and Gold in the Arts of Japan
November 8, 2008 – November 29, 2009

Visit 32 examples of lacquer, painting, calligraphy, ceramics, and metalwork that showcase the distinctive repertoire of techniques for applying gold and silver on a variety of materials that Japanese artists developed beginning in the 17th century.

Freer Gallery
One Life: The Mask of Lincoln One Life: The Mask of Lincoln
November 7, 2008 – July 5, 2009

To commemorate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, this exhibition provides many faces of Lincoln from the museum's collection, a collection that charts Lincoln's passage from a fresh-faced Illinois congressman to his grizzled isolation as president.

Portrait Gallery
Directions: Terence Gower, Public Spirit: The Hirshhorn Project Directions: Terence Gower, Public Spirit: The Hirshhorn Project
November 5, 2008 – March 22, 2009

The Hirshhorn Project grew out of a planned utopian town that Hirshhorn enlisted architect Philip Johnson to design but was never realized.

Hirshhorn Museum
Black Gold I (2006)
November 1, 2008 – April 9, 2009

See a large-scale, mixed media piece by artist Yinka Shonibare (b. 1962, England) that demonstrates the technique of painting on fabrics, commonly referred to as Dutch wax cloth.

African Art Museum
Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian
November 1, 2008 – August 16, 2009

See paintings, bronze sculptures, and lithographs that highlight the more-than-40-year career of contemporary Native artist Fritz Scholder (Luiseno, 1937-2005).

American Indian Museum
Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian
November 1, 2008 – May 17, 2009

Paintings, bronze sculptures, and lithographs highlight the career of contemporary Native artist Fritz Scholder (Luiseno, 1937-2005).

American Indian Museum New York
Tokens of Affection and Regard: Photographic Jewelry and Its Makers Tokens of Affection and Regard: Photographic Jewelry and Its Makers
October 24, 2008 – June 21, 2009

This poignant exhibition, drawn primarily from the collection of Larry J. West, features rare and exquisite jewelry containing portraits in the 19th century's four main photographic processes -- daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, and paper prints.

Portrait Gallery