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Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection
March 14, 2008 – July 6, 2008

See 275 pieces of avant-garde jewelry by contemporary artists from around the world, along with a history of jewelry making that honors it as an important craft in the world of fine arts.

Renwick Gallery
Directions: Amy Sillman: Third Person Singular
March 13, 2008 – July 6, 2008

As part of the Directions series, see works that are intimate, psychological, and full of humor and pathos by New York-based painter Amy Sillman.

Hirshhorn Museum
El Anatsui's Nukae-1 (2006)
March 12, 2008 – January 18, 2009

See how the artist El Anatsui addresses global ideas about the environment, consumerism, and the social history and memory of the "stuff" of our lives, in this piece that celebrates the woven and stamped textile traditions that remain vibrant in Ghana and Nigeria today.

African Art Museum
El Anatsui: Gawu
March 12, 2008 – September 2, 2008

View an exhibition of works by El Anatsui, one of Africa's leading contemporary artists, using discarded metal objects to create weavings with the abstraction of modernist paintings.

African Art Museum
Japanese Arts of the Edo Period, 1615-1868, Part 2
March 8, 2008 – October 19, 2008

Visit the second part of this exhibition that also features a selection of paintings, lacquer, and ceramics of the Edo period from the Freer Gallery's extensive permanent collection.

Freer Gallery
Tea for Everyone: Japanese Popular Ceramics for Tea Drinking
March 8, 2008 – October 19, 2008

Discover a later moment in the history of tea when enjoyment of powdered tea (matcha) became widespread among Japanese artisans, townspeople, and farmers.

Freer Gallery
The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball
March 8, 2008 – January 18, 2010

On view in this small exhibition to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural ball is ephemera from the ball, including the invitation and menu, as well as engravings illustrating the night's events and other artifacts.

American Art Museum
Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730-2008
March 7, 2008 – July 6, 2008

Explore the Rococo style and its continuing revivals up to the present day.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Victory Mail
March 6, 2008 – June 6, 2011

This exhibition showcases the museum's collection of World War II V-mail correspondence.

Postal Museum
An Exploration in Photography with Native Teens
March 3, 2008 – March 15, 2008

View photographs by 13 Native high school students, mainly representing tribes from Oregon and Washington State, who visited the Oregon College of Art and Craft in the summer of 2007.

American Indian Museum
James Luna: Emendatio
March 1, 2008 – April 20, 2008

This multimedia installation by James Luna (Luiseno) pays tribute to Pablo Tac, a 19th-century Luiseno Indian who traveled to Rome in 1834 from the San Luis Rey Mission in California to study for the priesthood.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Color as Field: American Painting, 1950-1975
February 29, 2008 – May 26, 2008

A Color Field painting is characterized by pouring, staining, spraying, or painting thinned paint onto raw canvas to create vast chromatic expanses. See examples by major figures of this movement, which constitutes one of the crowning achievements of postwar American abstract art.

American Art Museum
Freer & Whistler: Points of Contact
February 23, 2008 – January 3, 2016

Some 23 oil paintings represent a choice selection of the more than 1,300 paintings, prints, and drawings by Whistler from the gallery's collection.

Freer Gallery
Surface Beauty: American Art and Freer's Aesthetic Vision
February 23, 2008 – August 1, 2010

See a group of decorative paintings by American artists Thomas Dewing and Dwight Tryon whose interest in surface beauty resonated with the work of James McNeill Whistler.

Freer Gallery
Obata's Yosemite
February 22, 2008 – June 1, 2008

During a visit to Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada in 1927, Obata made approximately 100 drawings in pencil, watercolor, and sumi ink. While in Tokyo between 1928 and 1932, he transformed these California landscape watercolors and sketches into a limited-edition portfolio titled World Landscape Series, shown here for the first time on the East Coast.

American Art Museum
Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection
February 15, 2008 – August 24, 2008

See an installation from the museum's collection selected by the Brazilian brothers Fernando and Huberto Campana, the fifth guest curators in this exhibition series.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image: Part I - Dreams
February 14, 2008 – May 11, 2008

Recall the dream-like state induced by film viewing in this exhibition, as artists employ the technology and techniques of cinema to evoke a sense of passage through different stages of consciousness. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Tales of the Brush Continued: Chinese Paintings with Literary Themes
February 9, 2008 – July 27, 2008

Enjoy the works of Chinese artists -- as early as the first century to the present day -- who have turned to literature for inspiration for their paintings, works on silk and paper, and other objects.

Freer Gallery
RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture
February 8, 2008 – October 26, 2008

Images of hip hop stars are as pervasive as the music itself, and the National Portrait Gallery is featuring the work of artists who have explored this phenomenon.

Portrait Gallery
A Thousand Kisses: Love Letters from the Archives of American Art
January 25, 2008 – June 2, 2008

View love letters from the Archives' collection sent to and received from American artists that provide insights into their lives.

Archives of American Art

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