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Shahzia Sikander Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection Shahzia Sikander Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection
March 6, 2009 – September 7, 2009

Explore the relationship between the present and the past and the richness of multicultural identities with internationally acclaimed artist Shahzia Sikander, who serves as the ninth guest curator of the Selects exhibition.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Fashioning Felt Fashioning Felt
March 6, 2009 – September 7, 2009

Explore the varied new uses of felt -- an ancient material, believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Staff Photo Contest Winners: 2008
March 4, 2009 – May 31, 2009

View 36 winning entries that showcase the talent and diverse work and interests of the Smithsonian community.

Ripley Center
1934: A New Deal for Artists 1934: A New Deal for Artists
February 27, 2009 – January 3, 2010

See 56 paintings created by artists from across the United States working under the Public Works of Art Program, a federal New Deal program that lasted only six months from mid-December 1933 to June 1934.

American Art Museum
Louise Bourgeois Louise Bourgeois
February 26, 2009 – May 17, 2009

This is the first major survey since 1995 of works by the French-born artist Louise Bourgeois (born 1911).

Hirshhorn Museum
Smithsonian Science in the News: Investigating the "Miracle on the Hudson"
February 23, 2009 – May 3, 2009

This small exhibition case explains how museum scientists worked with transportation safety experts in this modern aviation mystery.

Natural History Museum
Art of the Stamp: Lincoln's Bicentennial
February 12, 2009 – October 26, 2009

The National Postal Museum presents the original artwork for a set of four stamps commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln.

Postal Museum
Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake
February 7, 2009 – January 5, 2014

This exhibition features archaeological discoveries that reveal the historic importance of Jamestown and its contribution to the American way of life.

Natural History Museum
Artists in Dialogue: Antonio Ole and Aime Mpane Artists in Dialogue: Antonio Ole and Aime Mpane
February 4, 2009 – July 21, 2009

Watch as Antonio Ole of Angola and Aime Mpane of the Democratic Republic of Congo bring their subtle and sophisticated manipulation of found and organic materials to create visually rich, multimedia installations that speak to the political and economic challenges of their home countries.

African Art Museum
Spectacular Saturn: Images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission
February 2, 2009 – May 15, 2009

Marvel at 60 images of the amazing Saturn system, taken by the Cassini-Huygens mission.

Air and Space Museum
The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise
January 30, 2009 – February 28, 2010

The exhibition features more than 100 images created by one of the premiere African American studios in the country and one of the longest-running black businesses in Washington.

American History Museum
New Arrivals
January 30, 2009 – November 14, 2010

The recently acquired works displayed in this installation span more than two centuries of American history and culture.

Portrait Gallery
Orchids through Darwin's Eyes: 15th Annual Orchid Show
January 24, 2009 – April 26, 2009

To mark Darwin's 200th birthday, the exhibit explores the incredibly diverse world of orchids through his eyes and examines the ways in which he influenced today's naturalists, horticulturists, and scientists who study these intriguing plants.

Natural History Museum
Presidents in Waiting Presidents in Waiting
January 20, 2009 – January 3, 2010

If some still remain unconvinced about the significance of the vice president and those who occupied the office, this exhibition shows that most of the vice presidents who succeeded to the presidency were highly capable political figures with the experience and aptitude to be president.

Portrait Gallery
Special Inaugural Exhibition
January 17, 2009 – February 28, 2009

View paintings and objects that reflect President Obama's image and the art of his father's homeland, along with textiles and photographs that exhibit the ways Africans use cloth to recognize leadership and make political statements.

African Art Museum
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
January 16, 2009 – May 30, 2011

Explore the life and legacy of our 16th president through objects from the museum's collection.

American History Museum
America's New Birth of Freedom: Documents from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum America's New Birth of Freedom: Documents from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
January 16, 2009 – March 29, 2009

To celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, the museum hosts 10 rare and important documents from the Springfield library and museum.

American History Museum
A Century Ago..."They Came as Sovereign Leaders"
January 14, 2009 – February 22, 2009

See photographs of six great Native chiefs who participated in President Theodore Roosevelt's 1905 inaugural parade.

American Indian Museum
Sporting Invention
January 7, 2009 – October 30, 2009

In this showcase, items from drawings and prototypes to final products trace the development of sports inventions and highlight aspects of universal design in sports technology development.

American History Museum
Black Box: Ori Gersht Black Box: Ori Gersht
December 22, 2008 – April 12, 2009

Gersht's work encourages viewers to reflect on the power of natural beauty and how it is affected by human intervention.

Hirshhorn Museum