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Local Color: Washington Painting at Mid-Century
July 4, 2008 – October 13, 2008

See 27 large-scale, luminous, abstract paintings from the museum's permanent collection dating from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s by Washington D.C.-based artists.

American Art Museum
Eyes on the World: Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
July 1, 2008 – February 17, 2009

View 36 finalists from the thousands of photographs submitted to Smithsonian magazine's 5th Annual Photo Contest from the United States and around the world.

Smithsonian Castle
2008 Presidential Scholars in the Arts: Works in the Literary and Visual Arts
June 22, 2008 – July 13, 2008

As one of the co-sponsors, the Portrait Gallery presents the works of the 2008 Presidential Scholars in the fields of cinematic arts, photography, visual arts, and writing.

Portrait Gallery
American Heroes of the Olympic Spirit
June 20, 2008 – October 12, 2008

See 49 medals and 4 torches, along with photos and stories, that highlight Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their achievements over several decades in a variety of sports.

Smithsonian Castle
Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth
June 20, 2008 – November 11, 2008

View more than 40 photographs by Barbara Bosworth (b.1953), including The Bitterroot River, a series that deals with loss and recovery, and recent color photographs of songbirds and the New England landscape surrounding her home near Boston, Massachusetts.

American Art Museum
Summer School: Selections from the Archives of American Art
June 20, 2008 – September 28, 2008

View letters, photographs, and sketchbooks that reveal the importance of summer art schools to artists' lives and careers.

Archives of American Art
The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality,and the Moving Image: Part II - Realisms
June 19, 2008 – September 7, 2008

Explores the phenomenon that in an age when capturing real life in real time becomes ever easier, the line between fact and fiction is increasingly complicated.

Hirshhorn Museum
Space: A Journey to Our Future
June 14, 2008 – January 12, 2009

See artifacts, along with mechanical and computer interactives, that highlight current projects in space exploration.

Air and Space Museum
TxtStyles: Fashioning Identity
June 11, 2008 – December 28, 2008

View never before or rarely seen African costumes and textiles drawn from the National Museum of African Art's collection.

African Art Museum
Nature's Best Photography: Ocean Views
June 11, 2008 – October 26, 2008

View a selection of images -- taken by photographers of all levels from around the world -- from a special Nature's Best Photography contest created to complement the museum's upcoming Ocean Hall.  

Natural History Museum
Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World
June 7, 2008 – September 21, 2008

Artists of mixed Native/non-Native background explore issues about the meaning of race and ethnicity in an increasingly global society, and the tension between individual self-expression and cultural identity.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Yellow Mountain: China's Ever-Changing Landscape
May 31, 2008 – August 24, 2008

See prints and paintings depicting the scenic Yellow Mountain (Mount Huangshan or Huangshan) in Anhui province, arguably the most beautiful mountain in China.

Sackler Gallery
Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia
May 18, 2008 – October 5, 2008

Follow the history of social relations from Reconstruction to the second half of the 20th century through the prism of baseball in this exhibit of photographs and memorabilia.

Anacostia Community Museum
Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraiture
May 9, 2008 – February 8, 2009

Featuring 61 pieces from the late 19th century to the present, this exhibition demonstrates how posters function as portraiture.

Portrait Gallery
Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist
May 9, 2008 – August 3, 2008

View more than 80 rarely seen works by Aaron Douglas (1899-1979) -- one of the foremost visual artists from the Harlem Renaissance -- including paintings, prints, drawings, and illustrations, in addition to works by several of his contemporaries.

American Art Museum
MURAQQA': Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
May 3, 2008 – August 3, 2008

See 82 masterpieces from lavish imperial albums (called muraqqa' in Persian) depicting images of the imperial family in private settings, Sufi saints and mystics, allies and courtiers, and natural history objects.

Sackler Gallery
Herblock's Presidents: "Puncturing Pomposity"
May 2, 2008 – November 30, 2008

This exhibition reveals how one of America's greatest political cartoonists—Herbert Lawrence Block—viewed the American presidency for most of the 20th century.

Portrait Gallery
Black Box: Kimsooja
April 28, 2008 – August 17, 2008

View a film by Kimsooja: A Laundry Woman, Yamuna RiverDelhi (2000). In this film, the artist acts as a visual and spiritual mediator through which viewers are invited to contemplate the flow of the river -- a metaphor for life. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Botanica Magnifica
April 18, 2008 – November 4, 2008

On view in this research case is a single image of wild ginger (Hedychium longicornutum) from the five-volume work Botanica Magnifica, a collection that includes photographs of specimens in the Smithsonian's living plant collections taken by Jonathan Singer.

Natural History Museum
Treasures 2008
April 17, 2008 – August 24, 2008

See 74 artworks made of ivory ranging from small personal objects, such as containers and jewelry, to large public objects, such as carved tusks and staffs, dating from the 15th through the 20th centuries.

African Art Museum

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