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Andrea Carlson
June 13, 2009 – January 10, 2010

More than 20 works by Minnesota-based artist Andrea Carlson (Anishinaabe/European, b. 1979) reflect cultural narratives and stories while offering a sharp commentary on museums, collections, and contemporary storytelling.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Annie Pootoogook
June 13, 2009 – October 10, 2010

Visit 39 works that chronicle the social, economic, and cultural realities of Inuit life in the Canadian North by Annie Pootoogook (Inuit, b. 1969).

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America
June 12, 2009 – November 1, 2009

View rare and archival photographs and film of Native American skateboarders, as well as skatedecks from Native companies and contemporary artists, that celebrate the vibrancy, creativity, and controversy of American Indian skate culture.

American Indian Museum
Grand Salon Installation: Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
June 6, 2009 – November 11, 2013

On view are 70 paintings from the 1840s to the 1930s installed salon style, with paintings hung one-atop-another and side by side.

Renwick Gallery
The Texture of Night: James McNeill Whistler
June 6, 2009 – July 25, 2010

Though small in scale, view these nighttime views of London, Venice, and Amsterdam that are among Whistler's most aesthetically suggestive and technically innovative works.

Freer Gallery
Stonewall: Fortieth Anniversary
May 30, 2009 – August 2, 2009

The archival materials in these cases relating to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community are on view to mark the 40th anniversary of the modern gay rights movement.

American History Museum
Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants
May 30, 2009 – October 12, 2009

This exhibition provides a look at life from an ant's point of view through large-format photographs of ants going about their daily business, a cast of an underground ant city, and a live ant colony.

Natural History Museum
Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings
May 18, 2009 – November 1, 2009

Explore the first permanent English, French, and Spanish settlements in the New World -- Jamestown, Virginia (1607); Quebec, Canada (1608); and Santa Fe, New Mexico (1609) -- and the societies that emerged to approximately 1700.

Ripley Center
Design for a Living World
May 14, 2009 – January 4, 2010

Follow ten leading designers commissioned to develop new uses for sustainably grown and harvested materials in order to tell a unique story about the life cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Tsars and the East: Gifts from Turkey and Iran in The Moscow Kremlin
May 9, 2009 – September 13, 2009

View some 64 objects offered as lavish gifts and tributes by the Ottomans and Safavids to the Tsars, and understand the aesthetic and ceremonial etiquette they inspired.

Sackler Gallery
Pile of Loot from Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
May 4, 2009 – October 1, 2009

View the "pile of loot" from the Twentieth-Century Fox movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Smithsonian Castle
Jean Shin: Common Threads
May 1, 2009 – July 26, 2009

Jean Shin employs a meticulous process of dismantling, altering, and reconstructing discarded and worn materials -- such as old shoes, lost socks, lottery tickets, and broken umbrellas -- to create textural installations that give new form to life's leftovers.

American Art Museum
Directions: Walead Beshty: Legibility on Color Backgrounds
April 30, 2009 – September 13, 2009

Beshty creates photographs and sculptures that reconsider some of the fundamental premises of modern art.

Hirshhorn Museum
I Do Solemnly Swear: Photographs of the 2009 Inauguration
April 29, 2009 – July 12, 2009

This exhibition features approximately 50 framed color and black-and-white photographs highlighting the week-long events surrounding the historic Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.

American History Museum
Black Box: Guido van der Werve
April 20, 2009 – October 11, 2009

Guido Van der Werve is multi-talented, focusing first on painting, then performance art, and finally, film.

Hirshhorn Museum
Reflections-Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century
April 10, 2009 – August 16, 2009

This exhibition of approximately 75 works probes the complex issues of understanding self-identity in the past century.

Portrait Gallery
Universal Dimensions: The Space Art of Wang Ming
April 9, 2009 – October 9, 2009

See 35 works by Chinese painter and former air traffic controller Wang Ming.

Air and Space Museum
Writing, Carving, and Rubbing: China's Calligraphic Arts
April 4, 2009 – October 25, 2009

Follow the evolution of Chinese calligraphy through six major script types in the past three millenniums.

Freer Gallery
Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composers and Their Signature Works
April 4, 2009 – June 28, 2009

Two of the greatest jazz composers were Duke Ellington (1899-1974) and Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967). This exhibition examines two of their most ubiquitous pieces.

American History Museum
Of the Moment: A Video Sampler from the Archives of American Art
April 4, 2009 – July 27, 2009

See video highlights from the Archives' collections that document scenes from the lives of selected artists.

Archives of American Art

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