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One Life: Martin Luther King Jr. One Life: Martin Luther King Jr.
June 28, 2013 – June 1, 2014

Trace the trajectory of Martin Luther King Jr.’s career, from his rise to prominence as the leader of the national civil rights movement to his work as an anti-war activist and advocate for those living in poverty.

Portrait Gallery
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
June 28, 2013 – January 5, 2014

See how photography in America evolved from a documentary medium to an artistic genre.

American Art Museum
Little Golden Books Little Golden Books
June 28, 2013 – January 12, 2014

Learn how Little Golden Books made children's literature more widely available and transformed children's reading habits.

American History Museum
Invention and the Patent Model Invention and the Patent Model
June 20, 2013 – April 20, 2014

Some 20 patent models from the museum's collections, submitted between 1790 and 1880, reveal technological innovations and changing social roles during the period.

American History Museum
Lines, Marks, and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen Lines, Marks, and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen
June 19, 2013 – June 30, 2014

Experience how artist Roger Ballen organizes visual chaos into visual coherency.

African Art Museum
Genome: Unlocking Life's Code Genome: Unlocking Life's Code
June 14, 2013 – September 1, 2014

Explore the future of genomics and learn what makes you ... you: DNA.

Natural History Museum
Meade Brothers: Pioneers in American Photography Meade Brothers: Pioneers in American Photography
June 14, 2013 – June 1, 2014

Learn about the lives and careers of Charles R. Meade and Henry W. M. Meade, who are recognized as leading members of the first generation of American studio photographers.

Portrait Gallery
Nature's Best 2012 Photography Awards: Windland Smith Rice International Awards Nature's Best 2012 Photography Awards: Windland Smith Rice International Awards
June 7, 2013 – March 3, 2014

On view are winners in various categories from the 2012 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

Natural History Museum
Whales: From Bone to Book Whales: From Bone to Book
May 25, 2013 – June 8, 2014

Trace the process of Natural History from the discovery of a whale fossil on a beach to museum drawer to scientific illustration.

Natural History Museum
Mr. TIME: Portraits by Boris Chaliapin Mr. TIME: Portraits by Boris Chaliapin
May 17, 2013 – January 5, 2014

See 26 portraits by Time magazine’s most prolific artist, Boris Chaliapin.

Portrait Gallery
Making Marks: Prints from Crow's Shadow Press Making Marks: Prints from Crow's Shadow Press
May 17, 2013 – January 5, 2014

See prints by contemporary Native American artists working at Crow's Shadow Press.

American Indian Museum New York
Directions: Jennie C. Jones: Higher Resonance Directions: Jennie C. Jones: Higher Resonance
May 16, 2013 – October 27, 2013

Discover Jones's audio collages and the connections between art and music.

Hirshhorn Museum
I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story
May 1, 2013 – August 25, 2013

Learn about the diverse cultures and complex history of Asian Pacific Americans from the first immigrants centuries ago to the challenges they face today. Note: Off view July 23 and 24, 2013.

American History Museum
Nine Deaths, Two Births: Xu Bing's Phoenix Project Nine Deaths, Two Births: Xu Bing's Phoenix Project
April 27, 2013 – September 2, 2013

See how Xu Bing's Phoenix Project -- his newest sculpture on view at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) -- evolved through drawings, scale models, and construction fragments.

Sackler Gallery
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
April 22, 2013 – February 23, 2014

Learn about the complex and visually rich relationship between African artists and the land upon which they live, walk, and frame their days.

African Art Museum
Grand Procession: Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection Grand Procession: Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection
April 20, 2013 – January 1, 2014

See how five Native American artists turn a centuries-old tradition of doll making into a contemporary art form.

American Indian Museum
Old Tales Retold: Chinese Narrative Painting Old Tales Retold: Chinese Narrative Painting
April 20, 2013 – October 20, 2013

Trace the stories of famous people and events in Chinese history and see how their depictions in art reveal both traditional Chinese values and the universality of human experience.

Freer Gallery
Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913 to the Present Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913 to the Present
April 18, 2013 – September 8, 2013

See how artists over the last 100 years have used objects -- the fragments and detritus in the world around them -- to challenge traditional art media.

Hirshhorn Museum
Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color
April 12, 2013 – July 28, 2013

See furniture and images of architectural woodwork produced by Thomas Day (1801-about 1861), a free African American who owned and operated one of North Carolina’s most successful cabinet shops before the Civil War.

Renwick Gallery
Hand-held: Gerhard Pulverer's Japanese Illustrated Books Hand-held: Gerhard Pulverer's Japanese Illustrated Books
April 6, 2013 – August 11, 2013

Learn how illustrated books (ehon) in Edo-period Japan (1615-1868) were similar to blogging and e-publications in the 21st century.

Sackler Gallery