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East of Eden: Gardens in Asian Art East of Eden: Gardens in Asian Art
February 24, 2007 – May 13, 2007

Explore garden traditions practiced by Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian, Turkish, and other cultures as seen through some of the world's most exquisite works of art.

Sackler Gallery
African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection
February 15, 2007 – March 31, 2009

View 88 pieces representing 20 African countries and 75 peoples that covers 5 centuries of African art, and includes most major styles.

African Art Museum
Refract, Reflect, Project: Light Works from the Collection Refract, Reflect, Project: Light Works from the Collection
February 15, 2007 – April 8, 2007

See 24 objects from the collection in which light -- as substance and subject -- is central.

Hirshhorn Museum
Tea Bowls in Bloom: Botanical Decorations on Tea Ceremony Ceramics Tea Bowls in Bloom: Botanical Decorations on Tea Ceremony Ceramics
February 3, 2007 – July 15, 2007

See how decorated tea bowls and water jars can skillfully show how a limited palette can evoke the full spectrum of nature's hues.

Freer Gallery
Landscapes in Japanese Art Landscapes in Japanese Art
February 3, 2007 – July 15, 2007

Explore the landscapes created by Japanese artists from the 15th through the 19th centuries in this exhibition of 20 paintings and 12 ceramics.

Freer Gallery
Postal Inspectors: The Silent Service Postal Inspectors: The Silent Service
February 2, 2007 – April 8, 2014

This exhibition spotlights the oldest federal law enforcement agency and its role in fighting crime.

Postal Museum
Eadweard Muybridge: The Central American Journey
February 2, 2007 – April 29, 2007

Follow more than 60 photographs taken by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) in Central America, particularly Panama and Guatemala, that document the birth of the coffee industry, scenic ruins, and contemporary life.

American Art Museum
Orchids: Take a Walk on the Wild Side
January 27, 2007 – April 22, 2007

This exhibition takes visitors on a walk on the wild side -- from the forest floor up into the tree canopy -- to discover and explore the place of orchids in the world.

Natural History Museum
Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon: Vietnamese America since 1975
January 19, 2007 – April 1, 2007

View images that reveal how Vietnamese Americans adapted to life in the U.S. and the challenges they faced while maintaining their culture during the three decades following the end of the war in 1975.

Ripley Center
"Do you hear that whistle...?" Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's film The Harvey Girls
December 21, 2006 – March 29, 2006

Celebrates the 60th anniversary of the MGM classic movie musical The Harvey Girls.

American History Museum
Daoism in the Arts of China Daoism in the Arts of China
December 16, 2006 – July 1, 2007

Consider the four aspects of Daoism in this exhibition: its foundations as a school of thought based on Daojia; images of Daoist immortals and paradises; ways to achieve immortality; and Daoist gods and the influence of folklore, Confucianism, and Buddhism on Daoism.

Freer Gallery
Clash of Empires: The British, French & Indian War, 1754-1763 Clash of Empires: The British, French & Indian War, 1754-1763
December 15, 2006 – July 15, 2007

Marking the 250th anniversary of the British, French, and Indian War, this exhibition of more than 300 objects and works of art explores the 3-sided epic struggle for North America and its effects worldwide.

Ripley Center
Black Box: Magnus Wallin Black Box: Magnus Wallin
December 15, 2006 – May 20, 2007

See two films by Magnus Wallin, best known for his short animations that have the quality of modern myths.  

Hirshhorn Museum
Research Case: One Museum, Two Collections: Ethnobotany in the American Southwest and Mexico
December 15, 2006 – January 29, 2008

See several cultural artifacts and botanical specimens acquired in the 19th century that helped to define the new field of ethnobotany, the study of the complex interconnections between humans and plants.   

Natural History Museum
Out of the Mails Out of the Mails
December 14, 2006 – January 31, 2008

As hostilities between the colonists and the Crown grew, many people began protesting high postage rates by sending their letters "out of the mails." Learn how Americans circumvented the official post during the Revolutionary War era.

Postal Museum
Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006
December 8, 2006 – July 29, 2007

Visit an ongoing exhibition program that seeks out and presents the most innovative American designs covering various fields, including product design, architecture, furniture, film, graphics, new technologies, animation, science, medicine, and fashion.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Josephine Baker: Image and Icon Josephine Baker: Image and Icon
November 24, 2006 – March 18, 2007

The exhibition celebrates Baker’s life during the 100th anniversary year of her birth.

Portrait Gallery
Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination
November 17, 2006 – February 19, 2007

Take in a retrospective -- the first of the artist's work in 25 years -- that features 200 of his finest boxes, collages, objects, dossiers, films, and graphic designs borrowed from public and private collections around the world.

American Art Museum
Treasures of American History
November 17, 2006 – April 13, 2008

While the American History Museum is closed for renovation (Sept. 5, 2006-fall 2008), see more than 150 highlights from the museum here.

Air and Space Museum
Exquisite Surprise: The Papers of Joseph Cornell
November 17, 2006 – February 28, 2007

This exhibition reveals artist Joseph Cornell's sense of wonder and illuminates his creative process.

Archives of American Art