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One Life: Grant and Lee: One Life: Grant and Lee: "It is well that war is so terrible..."
July 4, 2014 – May 25, 2015

Paintings, photographs, documents, and objects reveal the personal lives and professional rivalries of Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Portrait Gallery
Cupcake Katy Cupcake Katy
June 18, 2014 – July 6, 2014

On view is a portrait of pop singer Katy Perry by distinguished New York academic portrait painter Will Cotton.

Portrait Gallery
Sitebound: Photography from the Collection Sitebound: Photography from the Collection
June 16, 2014 – September 1, 2014

Works from the collection extend the concept of documentary photography in ways that allow for imagination and conjecture.

Hirshhorn Museum
"Star-Spangled Banner" Manuscript
June 14, 2014 – July 6, 2014

See Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner to celebrate the song's 200th anniversary.

American History Museum
Renee Fleming's Super Bowl Gown Renee Fleming's Super Bowl Gown
June 14, 2014 – July 6, 2014

See the gown Grammy award-winning opera singer Renée Fleming wore when she sang the national anthem during the 2014 Super Bowl.

American History Museum
Indelible: The Platinum Photographs of Larry McNeil and Will Wilson Indelible: The Platinum Photographs of Larry McNeil and Will Wilson
June 7, 2014 – January 5, 2015

Photographers Larry McNeil (Tlingit/Nisgaá) and Will Wilson (Diné/Bilagaana) challenge the romanticizing softness of 19th-century images of the “Vanishing Race.”

American Indian Museum
Black Box: Oliver Laric Black Box: Oliver Laric
May 30, 2014 – October 5, 2014

Video installation showing recent work by contemporary Austrian artist Oliver Laric.

Hirshhorn Museum
In Memoriam: Maya Angelou In Memoriam: Maya Angelou
May 29, 2014 – June 12, 2014

See a portrait of writer, poet, and activist Maya Angelou (1928-1914) by painter Ross Rossin.

Portrait Gallery
Walk Among Dinosaurs! Augmented Reality Experience Walk Among Dinosaurs! Augmented Reality Experience
May 21, 2014 – September 2, 2014

Walk with Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Troodon of the Late Cretaceous, through the use of augmented reality and motion tracking.

Natural History Museum
Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Song Legacy Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Song Legacy
May 17, 2014 – October 26, 2014

This exhibition showcases a group of the Freer's best Song dynasty landscape paintings along with later works that illustrate the evolution of six different styles.

Freer Gallery
Making a Modern Museum: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the National Museum of American History Making a Modern Museum: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the National Museum of American History
May 16, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Retrace the history of the museum from its origins in the 1960s as the Museum of History and Technology to today's National Museum of American History.

American History Museum
Artists and their Models Artists and their Models
May 15, 2014 – August 27, 2014

Letters, photographs, and objects illuminate the stories of artists and their models.

Archives of American Art
An American in London: Whistler and the Thames An American in London: Whistler and the Thames
May 3, 2014 – August 17, 2014

Rarely seen drawings, watercolors, and pastels, alongside iconic nocturnes, are featured in this first major James McNeill Whistler exhibition in the Sackler Gallery.

Sackler Gallery
Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget
May 2, 2014 – August 3, 2014

See how artist Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) addressed issues of postwar America.

American Art Museum
Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits, Part II Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits, Part II
May 2, 2014 – November 2, 2014

Photographic portraits by Yousuf Karsh (1908–2002) include those of Georgia O'Keeffe, Jonas Salk, Marian Anderson, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Arden, I.M. Pei, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Portrait Gallery
The Great Picture The Great Picture
April 26, 2014 – November 17, 2014

See a 3,375-square-foot photograph taken in 2006 by the largest pinhole camera in the world.

Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
The Early Sixties: American Science The Early Sixties: American Science
April 25, 2014 – August 23, 2015

See some cutting-edge technology circa 1964, the year the National Museum of American History (originally the Museum of History and Technology) opened.

American History Museum
The Early Sixties: American Culture The Early Sixties: American Culture
April 25, 2014 – August 23, 2015

Experience the culture of the early 1960s, the era in which the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, opened.

American History Museum
1965 Ford Mustang 1965 Ford Mustang
April 25, 2014 – January 4, 2015

An silver-blue 1965 Ford Mustang evokes 1964, the year the museum opened to the public.

American History Museum
Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction
April 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015

See how mid-20th century artists reinvented portraiture as a progressive art form for a new generation.

Portrait Gallery