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Gifts to the Nation
July 1, 2006 – June 3, 2007

This display highlights gifts to the National Portrait Gallery's collection since 2000.

Portrait Gallery
Americans Now
July 1, 2006 – January 6, 2008

Based on works drawn from the National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection -- this rotating exhibition features individuals prominent in sports, entertainment, and other fields of endeavor in the last 25 years.

Portrait Gallery
Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth
June 22, 2006 – September 10, 2006

See the first American survey of Anselm Kiefer's (German, b. 1945) work in almost 20 years, featuring 40 large paintings, books, and sculptures created between 1969 and the present.

Hirshhorn Museum
Body of Evidence: Selections from the Contemporary African Art Collection Body of Evidence: Selections from the Contemporary African Art Collection
June 14, 2006 – December 2, 2007

View art using the human body—directly or indirectly—as a primary canvas for self-expression for these 20 African contemporary artists.

African Art Museum
Africa Rifting: Lines of Fire, Namibia/Brazil
June 14, 2006 – October 31, 2008

Watch a video that uses coastal landscapes of southern Africa and Brazil to explore the concepts of rift, synchronicity, and transcendence, concepts that the artist infuses with deep spiritual meaning.

African Art Museum
Carriers of Culture: Living Native Basket Traditions
June 8, 2006 – September 5, 2006

See some 30 contemporary Native baskets that examine the ways in which baskets and their makers are literally and symbolically "carriers of culture."

American Indian Museum
Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection, Part I Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection, Part I
May 27, 2006 – October 1, 2007

Part I of this exhibition features U.S. stamps from before 1894 from the Benjamin K. Miller Collection.

Postal Museum
African Gold from the Glassell Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston African Gold from the Glassell Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
May 26, 2006 – November 26, 2006

See approximately 135 works of art that represent the rich diversity of Akan gold work and royal regalia from Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa.

African Art Museum
Wall Panels: Who Made the Star-Spangled Banner? Hint: It Wasn't Betsy Ross!
May 26, 2006 – September 4, 2006

Adjacent to the Star-Spangled Banner window wall, this small display explains that Mary Pickersgill (1776-1857), a professional flagmaker from Baltimore, was commissioned in 1813 to make two flags for Fort McHenry -- one of which became known as the Star-Spangled Banner.  

American History Museum
Your Smithsonian Libraries
May 26, 2006 – September 4, 2006

On view are 20 panels depicting items in the collections of each of the 20 Smithsonian Institution Libraries and some 12 books that reveal the breadth and variety of the Libraries' holdings.

American History Museum
Vanished Kingdoms: The Wulsin Photographs of Tibet, China, & Mongolia 1921-1925
May 22, 2006 – October 9, 2006

Janet Elliott Wulsin's photographs of the region's tribes, people, and landscapes; reproductions of hand-painted lantern slides; and excerpts from her personal letters.

Natural History Museum
Muppets and Mechanisms: Jim Henson's Legacy
May 19, 2006 – September 4, 2006

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the creation of Jim Henson's Muppets, on view are several cases featuring his groundbreaking work in puppetry and animatronics.

American History Museum
Frederic Church, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape Frederic Church, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape
May 19, 2006 – October 22, 2006

Witness the promotion of tourism in 19th-century America through the "constructed" pastoral landscape, explored through the museum's extraordinary collections of oil studies, drawings, watercolors, and photographs.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Solos: Matali Crasset Solos: Matali Crasset
May 19, 2006 – September 24, 2006

See how the French designer Matali Crasset uses a variety of media to explore living spaces by transforming them into areas of experimentation and mobility.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Singgalot: Ties That Bind--From Colonial Subjects and "National" to Citizens, A Century of Filipino
May 18, 2006 – August 20, 2006

Explore the challenges and issues that confronted Filipinos from the annexation of the Philippines as a U.S. colony in 1898 to their struggles to acquire full U.S. citizenship during the 20th century through some 30 photo panels and images.

Ripley Center
Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey
May 18, 2006 – September 4, 2006

See 50 color and black-and-white photographs of the Antarctic landscape by award-winning photographer Joan Myers. Large panoramas of Antarctica's beauty and desolation are juxtaposed with scenes of wildlife, people, and abandoned historic huts of early explorers. 

Natural History Museum
First Look: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection First Look: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection
May 17, 2006 – December 3, 2006

See a display of 23 works made of wood, ivory, and beadwork from the Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection.

African Art Museum
Directions: Jim Lambie Directions: Jim Lambie
May 13, 2006 – October 4, 2006

Scottish artist Jeff Lambie transforms the museum's lobby into a lively, colorful, immersive environment that includes one of his signature taped floor pieces from his Zobop series and a group of sculptures.

Hirshhorn Museum
Lewis and Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition
May 12, 2006 – September 11, 2006

Marking the 200th anniversary of the expedition, the exhibition includes more than 400 artifacts -- together for the first time since 1806 -- that emphasize the cultural encounters of the journey.

Natural History Museum
Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005 Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005
May 5, 2006 – October 29, 2006

Explore the physical forms, rituals of use, and social meanings of eating utensils through the museum's permanent collection of cutlery produced in Europe and the U.S. from 1500 to the present.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum