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Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities
September 26, 2008 – January 4, 2009

This exhibition features 42 paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) and 54 photographs by Ansel Adams (1902-1984) that reveal their deep commitment to the American landscape. 

American Art Museum
Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses
September 26, 2008 – February 7, 2010

This exhibition highlights Native women's identity through traditional dress and its contemporary evolution.

American Indian Museum New York
Green Light: A Juried Exhibition of Emerging Artists with Disabilities
September 17, 2008 – January 21, 2009

View works by 15 award-winning emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16 to 25.

Ripley Center
Posters from the Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) of Puerto Rico, 1949-1989 Posters from the Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) of Puerto Rico, 1949-1989
September 17, 2008 – January 25, 2009

Examples of Puerto Rican poster art from the late 1940s to the late 1980s are on view.

Ripley Center
Four Indian Kings Four Indian Kings
September 12, 2008 – January 25, 2009

The year 2008 marked the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris which ended the American Revolution. To commemorate this event, the National Portrait Gallery exhibited the earliest surviving full-length oil portraits of North American aboriginal people painted from life.

Portrait Gallery
Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions, 2003-2008 Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions, 2003-2008
September 12, 2008 – March 1, 2009

Visit an exhibition featuring recent acquisitions to all four of the museum's collecting departments: Product Design and Decorative Arts; Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design; Textiles; and Wallcoverings.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Outdoor Sculpture: Obelisk
September 11, 2008 – August 16, 2009

Obelisk (1987, ed. 2/6) is a 15 1/2 foot-tall, 1,500-pound, cast-bronze sculpture by renowned Native American artist Fritz Scholder (1937-2005; Luiseno) that was inspired by his long fascination with all things Egyptian.

American Indian Museum
Moving Perspectives -- Yang Fudong/Cao Fei and Ou Ning
September 6, 2008 – November 30, 2008

View the first installation in a year-long series of video art from Asia with these two contrasting works -- one dreamlike and lyrical, the other fast and pulsating.

Sackler Gallery
Black Box: Semiconductor Black Box: Semiconductor
August 25, 2008 – December 14, 2008

The Black Box Theater showcases rotating exhibitions of contemporary artists who use film or video as their creative medium. Films or videos run continuously.

Hirshhorn Museum
Guests of the Hills: Travelers and Recluses in Chinese Landscape Painting Guests of the Hills: Travelers and Recluses in Chinese Landscape Painting
August 23, 2008 – March 15, 2009

Enjoy Chinese landscape paintings created over a 700-year period that depict recluses and recreational travelers as well as free-roaming mountain sages or gentlemen living in retirement.

Freer Gallery
Circle of Empowerment: Education, Language, Culture, Tradition
August 22, 2008 – September 22, 2008

View the winning artwork and writing pieces from the 4th Native American Student Artist Competition.

American Indian Museum
House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection
August 12, 2008 – January 25, 2009

View and appreciate the Thaw's collection of 19th-century watercolor drawings that meticulously detail the era's interior furnishings and document the social, cultural, and aesthetic development of European domestic life.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Dig It! The Secrets of Soil
July 19, 2008 – January 10, 2010

This exhibition introduces the study of soil science and demonstrates the vital role soil plays in sustaining human welfare, assuring future agricultural productivity, and environmental sustainability.

Natural History Museum
Jim Henson's Fantastic World
July 12, 2008 – October 5, 2008

Explore the creativity and "visual thinking" of artist, puppeteer, film director, and producer Jim Henson (1936-90).

Ripley Center
Seascapes: Tryon & Sugimoto
July 12, 2008 – January 25, 2009

For the first time since the opening of the Freer Gallery of Art in 1923, works from its American collection are shown with works from outside the museum.

Sackler Gallery
Science in the News: The Truth about Crystal Skulls Science in the News: The Truth about Crystal Skulls
July 10, 2008 – September 1, 2008

On view for the first time is the Smithsonian's own crystal skull.

Natural History Museum
Local Color: Washington Painting at Mid-Century
July 4, 2008 – October 13, 2008

See 27 large-scale, luminous, abstract paintings from the museum's permanent collection dating from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s by Washington D.C.-based artists.

American Art Museum
Eyes on the World: Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
July 1, 2008 – February 17, 2009

View 36 finalists from the thousands of photographs submitted to Smithsonian magazine's 5th Annual Photo Contest from the United States and around the world.

Smithsonian Castle
2008 Presidential Scholars in the Arts: Works in the Literary and Visual Arts
June 22, 2008 – July 13, 2008

As one of the co-sponsors, the Portrait Gallery presents the works of the 2008 Presidential Scholars in the fields of cinematic arts, photography, visual arts, and writing. 

Portrait Gallery
American Heroes of the Olympic Spirit
June 20, 2008 – October 12, 2008

See 49 medals and 4 torches, along with photos and stories, that highlight Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their achievements over several decades in a variety of sports.

Smithsonian Castle