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

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
Trailblazers & Trendsetters: Art of the Stamp Trailblazers & Trendsetters: Art of the Stamp
November 16, 2006 – August 17, 2008

See 76 original artworks commissioned by the United States Postal Service during the last 50 years for stamps that pay tribute to American history.

Postal Museum
Two Hundred Years of Black Paper Dolls: The Collection of Arabella Grayson Two Hundred Years of Black Paper Dolls: The Collection of Arabella Grayson
November 12, 2006 – April 29, 2007

Arabella Grayson's interest in finding paper playthings that looked like her evolved into a passionate journey, including this exhibition of 110 black paper dolls from her collection.

Anacostia Community Museum
D.C. Undercover: Photographs by Steven M. Cummings
November 12, 2006 – April 29, 2007

Witness D.C. photographer Steven Cummings' passion for photographing people in and around the city -- who as it turns out, often wear caps and hats.

Anacostia Community Museum
Earth from Space Earth from Space
November 11, 2006 – January 7, 2007

See precise, up-to-date images captured by high-tech satellites, used by geologists, meteorologists, and other scientists to study how the Earth changes from day to day and year to year.

Air and Space Museum
ItuKiagatta! Inuit Sculpture
November 11, 2006 – February 4, 2007

When the fur trade collapsed, Inuit families throughout the Canadian Arctic had to abandon their nomadic traditions, more to towns, and learn another way of life. With limited opportunities, many Inuit hunter-trappers became renowned carvers.

American Indian Museum New York
Nature's Best: Experience Nature Through the Art of Photography (2006) Nature's Best: Experience Nature Through the Art of Photography (2006)
November 10, 2006 – October 9, 2007

Natural History Museum
Parades: Freer Ceramics Installed by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott Parades: Freer Ceramics Installed by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott
November 4, 2006 – January 8, 2008

View 7 still-life groupings of bowls, bottles, and cups assembled by Australian ceramic artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott.

Freer Gallery
An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection
November 3, 2006 – February 4, 2007

See 26 paintings by such legendary Gilded-age American artists as William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and John Twachtman from the Halff Collection.

American Art Museum
The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas: Recent Sculpture The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas: Recent Sculpture
October 26, 2006 – January 7, 2007

This exhibition features freestanding sculptures recently created by 9 international contemporary artists of different generations.

Hirshhorn Museum
Transitions: Photographs by Robert Creamer Transitions: Photographs by Robert Creamer
October 26, 2006 – June 24, 2007

On view are some 30 of Robert Creamer's high-resolution images of plants and animals that show the effects of time.

Natural History Museum
In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000 In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000
October 21, 2006 – January 7, 2007

See many of the most important codices in the world from the 2nd to 10th centuries.

Sackler Gallery
Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces -- The Eugene & Clare Thaw Gift Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces -- The Eugene & Clare Thaw Gift
October 13, 2006 – June 3, 2007

View staircase models from the Eugene and Clare Thaw collection, with the majority from 19th-century France.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Resonance from the Past: African Sculpture from the New Orleans Museum of Art
October 5, 2006 – January 28, 2007

See approximately 85 traditional sculpted art works, including masks, figures, musical instruments, ceramics, fabric, and beaded costumes from the New Orleans Museum of Art.

African Art Museum