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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 film short featured is Magnetic Movie (2007, 4.47 min.), an eye-dazzling "documentary" created during the artists' residency at the NASA Space Sciences Laboratories, UC Berkeley.

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
Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth
June 20, 2008 – November 11, 2008

View more than 40 photographs by Barbara Bosworth (b.1953), including The Bitterroot River, a series that deals with loss and recovery, and recent color photographs of songbirds and the New England landscape surrounding her home near Boston, Massachusetts.

American Art Museum
Summer School: Selections from the Archives of American Art
June 20, 2008 – September 28, 2008

View letters, photographs, and sketchbooks that reveal the importance of summer art schools to artists' lives and careers.

Archives of American Art
The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality,and the Moving Image: Part II - Realisms The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality,and the Moving Image: Part II - Realisms
June 19, 2008 – September 7, 2008

Explores the phenomenon that in an age when capturing real life in real time becomes ever easier, the line between fact and fiction is increasingly complicated.

Hirshhorn Museum
Space: A Journey to Our Future
June 14, 2008 – January 12, 2009

See artifacts, along with mechanical and computer interactives, that highlight current projects in space exploration.

Air and Space Museum
TxtStyles: Fashioning Identity TxtStyles: Fashioning Identity
June 11, 2008 – December 28, 2008

View never before or rarely seen African costumes and textiles drawn from the National Museum of African Art's collection.

African Art Museum
Nature's Best Photography: Ocean Views
June 11, 2008 – October 26, 2008

Natural History Museum
Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World
June 7, 2008 – September 21, 2008

Artists of mixed Native/non-Native background explore issues about the meaning of race and ethnicity in an increasingly global society, and the tension between individual self-expression and cultural identity.

American Indian Museum New York