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Worthy of the Nation: Planning America's Capital
October 10, 2007 – February 14, 2008

See photographs and illustrations that depict the challenges associated with planning Washington, D.C from the end of the bicentennial era to post-9/11, from the 2006 second edition Worthy of the Nation: The Planning of Washington, D.C., from L'Enfant to the National Capital Planning Commission .

Ripley Center
Going West! Quilts and Community
October 5, 2007 – January 21, 2008

Consider the essential role that quilts and quilt making played in the lives of women on the frontier and the extraordinary creativity of the individuals who made them in this display of more than 50 quilts.

Renwick Gallery
Sketchbooks from the Archives of American Art
October 5, 2007 – January 6, 2008

View sketchbooks by selected artists that provide a snapshot of their visual thinking.

Archives of American Art
Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence, 1763-1848 Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence, 1763-1848
September 27, 2007 – February 10, 2008

Through approximately 70 portraits and compelling authentic documents, this exhibition explores Spain's key role in the Revolutionary War and the founding of the new nation.

Portrait Gallery
Mexican Cycles: Festival Images by George O. Jackson de Llano
September 26, 2007 – April 20, 2008

On view are approximately 150 color photographs of the religious festivals of 30 Indigenous communities from across Mexico taken by the Mexican-American photographer George O. Jackson de Llano.

Natural History Museum
Celebrating the Lucelia Artist Award, 2001-2006
September 21, 2007 – June 22, 2008

This exhibition features works by each of the previous winners of the Lucelia Artist Award.

American Art Museum
Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited Morris Louis Now: An American Master Revisited
September 20, 2007 – January 6, 2008

See an exhibition of 30 works, the first retrospective since 1986 on Morris Louis (born 1912 in Baltimore, Maryland) which presents major paintings from the early 1950s until his death in late 1962.

Hirshhorn Museum
Black Box: Mircea Cantor Black Box: Mircea Cantor
September 17, 2007 – December 9, 2007

See films by Mircea Cantor, including Deeparture (2005), a film that recorded a suspenseful dance between a wolf and a deer trapped in a small gallery space.

Hirshhorn Museum
Driven: A National Juried Exhibit for Young Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25
September 15, 2007 – December 31, 2007

See works from the 5th year of the VSA arts awards program created by young artists (ages 16-25) with disabilities, illustrating the forces that move them to create.

Ripley Center
East of the River: Continuity and Change East of the River: Continuity and Change
September 15, 2007 – November 9, 2008

Follow the development of the community life of neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River, beginning with the original inhabitation by Native Americans up to the present.

Anacostia Community Museum
Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape
September 14, 2007 – January 6, 2008

This retrospective of Asher B. Durand's work brings together 60 of the most beautiful and famous American landscape paintings of the 19th century.

American Art Museum
Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer
September 14, 2007 – January 27, 2008

Visit a retrospective of the celebrated lighting designer Ingo Maurer that offers a comprehensive overview of his nearly four decades of work.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Piranesi as Designer Piranesi as Designer
September 14, 2007 – January 20, 2008

Examine for the first time the complete works of Piranesi (1720-1778) as a designer of architecture, elaborate interiors, and exquisite furnishings and his far-reaching influence on noted architects and designers of yesterday and today.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Listening to Our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life Along the North Pacific Coast
September 12, 2007 – July 20, 2008

See more than 400 ceremonial and everyday objects featuring the art and culture of the people of the Northwest Coast.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Lola Alvarez Bravo
September 5, 2007 – November 12, 2007

See more than 56 vintage photographic prints by Lola Alvarez Bravo (1907-1993), widely recognized as Mexico's first woman photographer and a pioneer of modern photography.

Ripley Center
Mexican Treasures of the Smithsonian Mexican Treasures of the Smithsonian
September 5, 2007 – January 27, 2008

Witness the full range of the Mexican presence in the Smithsonian's collections through art and artifacts that span several centuries.

Ripley Center
Mexican Folk Art from the Collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex Mexican Folk Art from the Collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex
September 5, 2007 – January 27, 2008

View five cases featuring folk art made by a group of master artisans representing urban, rural, and indigenous communities across Mexico.

Ripley Center
Research Case: The Great Auk
August 24, 2007 – January 14, 2008

Now extinct, the great auk (Pinguinus impennis), a flightless bird, once inhabited the shores of the North Atlantic by the millions.

Natural History Museum
The Potter's Mark: Identity and Tea Ceramics The Potter's Mark: Identity and Tea Ceramics
August 18, 2007 – February 24, 2008

View Japanese ceramics that were among the first in Asia to display impressed or incised marks relating to their makers.

Freer Gallery
Japanese Arts of the Edo Period, 1615-1868
August 18, 2007 – February 24, 2008

Visit the first of two exhibitions featuring paintings, lacquer, and ceramics of the Edo period from the Freer Gallery's extensive permanent collection.

Freer Gallery