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Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist
May 9, 2008 – August 3, 2008

American Art Museum
MURAQQA': Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
May 3, 2008 – August 3, 2008

See 82 masterpieces from lavish imperial albums (called muraqqa' in Persian) depicting images of the imperial family in private settings, Sufi saints and mystics, allies and courtiers, and natural history objects.

Sackler Gallery
Herblock's Presidents: Herblock's Presidents: "Puncturing Pomposity"
May 2, 2008 – November 30, 2008

This exhibition reveals how one of America's greatest political cartoonists—Herbert Lawrence Block—viewed the American presidency for most of the 20th century.

Portrait Gallery
Black Box: Kimsooja
April 28, 2008 – August 17, 2008

 Film by Kimsooja A Laundry Woman, Yamuna River, Delhi (2000).

Hirshhorn Museum
Botanica Magnifica
April 18, 2008 – November 4, 2008

On view in this research case is a single image of wild ginger (Hedychium longicornutum) from the five-volume work Botanica Magnifica, a collection that includes photographs of specimens in the Smithsonian's living plant collections taken by Jonathan Singer.

Natural History Museum
Treasures 2008
April 17, 2008 – August 24, 2008

See 74 artworks made of ivory ranging from small personal objects, such as containers and jewelry, to large public objects, such as carved tusks and staffs, dating from the 15th through the 20th centuries.

African Art Museum
The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Legendary Botanist Richard Evans Schultes
April 17, 2008 – November 2, 2008

Black-and-white photographs of the Amazon River and adjacent regions -- including portraits of people, landscapes, and plants.

Natural History Museum
Edward Steichen: Portraits Edward Steichen: Portraits
April 11, 2008 – September 1, 2008

During his tenure as chief photographer for Condé Nast’s Vanity Fair from 1923 to1936, Edward Steichen created compelling portraits of many of that era’s most celebrated personalities

Portrait Gallery
Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer
April 11, 2008 – September 1, 2008

Photographer Zaida Ben-Yusuf (1869-1933) was an important figure in the pictorialist photography movement in late 19th and early 20th century New York.

Portrait Gallery
Classically Greek: Coins and Bank Notes from Antiquity to Today Classically Greek: Coins and Bank Notes from Antiquity to Today
April 10, 2008 – June 15, 2008

View bank notes and coins that vividly portray Greek culture, history, and mythology. These common objects of everyday exchange preserve rich stories about people, politics, and the powerful forces that shaped both ancient and modern Greece.

Smithsonian Castle
Artists at Work
March 27, 2008 – July 27, 2008

See over 70 artworks by Smithsonian staff, fellows, interns, and volunteers in a variety of media.

Ripley Center
New Arrivals
March 21, 2008 – January 25, 2009

This rotating exhibition highlights newly acquired objects in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Portrait Gallery
In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight
March 21, 2008 – January 2, 2009

Discern the details of the often overlooked "simple beauty" of aircraft and spacecraft design in 56 color photographs by museum photographer Carolyn Russo.

Air and Space Museum
Perspectives--Y.Z. Kami Perspectives--Y.Z. Kami
March 15, 2008 – October 13, 2008

See three new monumental works by artist Y.Z. Kami as part of the Perspectives series of contemporary Asian art.

Sackler Gallery
Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection
March 14, 2008 – July 6, 2008

See 275 pieces of avant-garde jewelry by contemporary artists from around the world, along with a history of jewelry making that honors it as an important craft in the world of fine arts. 

Renwick Gallery
Directions: Amy Sillman: Third Person Singular Directions: Amy Sillman: Third Person Singular
March 13, 2008 – July 6, 2008

As part of the Directions series, works by New York-based painter Amy Sillman are on view.

Hirshhorn Museum
El Anatsui's Nukae-1 (2006)
March 12, 2008 – January 18, 2009

See how the artist El Anatsui addresses global ideas about the environment, consumerism, and the social history and memory of the "stuff" of our lives, in this piece that celebrates the woven and stamped textile traditions that remain vibrant in Ghana and Nigeria today.

African Art Museum
El Anatsui: Gawu
March 12, 2008 – September 2, 2008

View an exhibition of works by El Anatsui, one of Africa's leading contemporary artists, using discarded metal objects to create weavings with the abstraction of modernist paintings.

African Art Museum
Japanese Arts of the Edo Period, 1615-1868, Part 2 Japanese Arts of the Edo Period, 1615-1868, Part 2
March 8, 2008 – October 19, 2008

Visit the second part of this exhibition that also features a selection of paintings, lacquer, and ceramics of the Edo period from the Freer Gallery's extensive permanent collection.

Freer Gallery
Tea for Everyone: Japanese Popular Ceramics for Tea Drinking Tea for Everyone: Japanese Popular Ceramics for Tea Drinking
March 8, 2008 – October 19, 2008

Discover a later moment in the history of tea when enjoyment of powdered tea (matcha) became widespread among Japanese artisans, townspeople, and farmers.

Freer Gallery