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Beyond Brushwork: Symbolism in Chinese Painting Beyond Brushwork: Symbolism in Chinese Painting
April 29, 2006 – November 26, 2006

Take a look at the contemporary approach of examining the objects within Chinese paintings for their symbolic meanings, such as longevity and good fortune, and for their social and political commentary.

Freer Gallery
Directions: Oliver Herring Directions: Oliver Herring
April 29, 2006 – April 29, 2006

For a single 8-hour period using simple materials (paper, pens, tables, chairs, ladders, a "boom box"), New York-based artist Oliver Herring (b. 1964, Germany) creates Task on the Hirshhorn plaza as part of the Directions series.

Hirshhorn Museum
Through Their Eyes: Birney Elementary School Students Photograph Anacostia
April 23, 2006 – October 15, 2006

View a photographic exhibition that includes everyday scenes, special events, residents, and places of interest in the Anacostia community by 13 students of the James Gillespie Birney Elementary School in southeast Washington, D.C.,

Anacostia Community Museum
New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Indians: Exploring a Community Tradition from an Insider's View New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Indians: Exploring a Community Tradition from an Insider's View
April 23, 2006 – October 15, 2006

View more than 45 of New Orleans photographer J. Nash Porter's photographic portraits of the Mardi Gras Indians and their elaborate handmade suits (costumes) and patches.

Anacostia Community Museum
Black Box: Francis Alys
April 17, 2006 – August 14, 2006

Delve into the everyday rituals and habits of the metropolis of London by following 64 individual Coldstream Guards as they move through downtown in this film by Francis Alys.

Hirshhorn Museum
Forces of Change: The Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely Forces of Change: The Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely
April 15, 2006 – November 12, 2006

Explore the Arctic’s changing climate. Discover what these changes mean for the Arctic, its wildlife, its people—and the rest of the planet.

Natural History Museum
Forces of Change: Atmosphere: Change is in the Air Forces of Change: Atmosphere: Change is in the Air
April 15, 2006 – November 12, 2006

This exhibition explains the important role the atmosphere plays in our lives and in the environment by examining its evolution and properties and its effects on plants, animals, and people.

Natural History Museum
Science in the News: Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
April 10, 2006 – January 31, 2007

A presumably extinct bird, the ivory-billed woodpecker, Campephilus principalis, was reportedly rediscovered in 2004.

Natural History Museum
Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches
April 3, 2006 – August 6, 2006

Follow a boat journey along the Amazon River with 9 ports of call and see live fish, objects, interactives, and multimedia presentations to explore biodiversity and the relationships between the environment, the animals and people who live there.

Ripley Center
Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History
April 1, 2006 – July 30, 2006

Explore connections between past and present modes of seeing by juxtaposing contemporary photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto's photographs with approximately 60 ancient and medieval Japanese artworks.

Sackler Gallery
Nature's Best Photography Awards: 2004 & 2005
April 1, 2006 – March 13, 2007

Natural History Museum
Jazz and More: Black Broadcast Pioneers
March 30, 2006 – May 23, 2006

On view are objects from the Archives Collections related to Jazz on the radio.

American History Museum
Miles and Monk: New Jazz Acquisitions
March 28, 2006 – September 4, 2006

Trumpeter and composer Davis helped pioneer a variety of jazz styles, including cool jazz, hard bop, and jazz-rock fusion, through his distinctive lyrical style. Monk, known for his unorthodox chord voicings and unusual rhythms, helped pioneer bebop in the 1940s. 

American History Museum
Grant Wood's Studio: Birthplace of "American Gothic"
March 10, 2006 – July 16, 2006

See approximately 160 works by artist Grant Wood (1891-1942) that place his decorative arts and design work within the larger context of his better-known paintings, drawings, and prints.

Renwick Gallery
Honky-Tonk: Country Music Photographs by Henry Horenstein, 1972-1981
March 10, 2006 – September 4, 2006

Some 80 photographs by Henry Horenstein depict country music fans and performers.

American History Museum
Hokusai Hokusai
March 4, 2006 – May 14, 2006

Focus on the paintings created during a career of more than 70 years of the great Japanese artist Hokusai, whose print Great Wave Off Kanagawa is one of the most widely recognized images ever produced.

Sackler Gallery
Arctic Transformations: The Jewelry of Denise and Samuel Wallace
March 2, 2006 – July 23, 2006

This 25-year retrospective of jewelry artists Denise and Samuel Wallace includes 150 works created from silver, gold, fossil ivory and semi-precious stones and features 16 intricately crafted belts from early in the artists' career.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Eyes on the World: Photographs by Smithsonian Staff
February 23, 2006 – April 20, 2006

See the 35 winning entries from the 2005 Smithsonian Staff Photo Contest, taken by Smithsonian staff, volunteers, fellows, and interns.

Ripley Center
Airmail in America
February 22, 2006 – July 13, 2007

This exhibition examines the critical role the postal system played in the creation of America's commercial aviation industry.

Postal Museum
Networking a Nation: Star Route Service
February 21, 2006 – July 13, 2007

This exhibition explores Star Routes -- a new mail service established in 1845 when the Postal Service began hiring contractors to use the most appropriate and efficient methods of transportation to carry the mail.

Postal Museum