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Shirin Neshat: Facing History
May 18, 2015 – September 20, 2015

In her mesmerizing films and photographs, Shirin Neshat (Iranian-American, b. Qazvin, 1957) examines the nuances of power and identity in the Islamic world—particularly in her native country of Iran, where she lived until 1975.

Hirshhorn Museum
How Posters Work
May 8, 2015 – November 15, 2015

Featuring nearly 125 works from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition shows how dozens of different designers—from prominent pioneers like Herbert Matter, Paul Rand, Philippe Apeloig and M/M Paris, to lesser-known makers—have mobilized principles of composition, perception, and storytelling to convey ideas and construct experiences.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Black Box: Risto-Pekka Blom
April 27, 2015 – August 9, 2015

Media artist Risto-Pekka Blom (Finnish, b. 1970, Mikkeli; lives and works in Tampere) is featured in the newest exhibition in the Black Box space. The exhibition consists of a single work, “Kurdrjavka [Little Ball of Fur]” (2013). It is the first U.S. museum presentation of the artist’s work.

Hirshhorn Museum
Watch This! Revelations in Media Art
April 24, 2015 – September 7, 2015

Artists have fearlessly engaged technological innovation to create an artistic revolution that continuously redefines how we imagine, receive, and understand our time. The exhibition includes forty-four works of art from 1941 to 2013, many of which were recently acquired by the museum.

American Art Museum
Special Installation of 19 American Masterworks
April 17, 2015 – August 16, 2015

These masterworks from Gilded Age, Impressionist, and Ashcan School painters help to tell the story of the late 19th century and early 20th centuries in America, a “coming-of-age” period in American art. 

American Art Museum
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists
April 8, 2015 – November 1, 2015

This dramatic multi-media exhibition reveals the ongoing global relevance of Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic as part of a shared intellectual heritage. Including original commissions and renowned works of art by some of the most dynamic contemporary artists from African nations and the diaspora.

African Art Museum
The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi
April 3, 2015 – August 30, 2015

Some 70 of Yasuo Kuniyoshi's best paintings and drawings are on view in this first survey of the artist's work in 25 years.

American Art Museum
Artist Teacher Organizer: Yasuo Kuniyoshi in the Archives of American Art
March 30, 2015 – July 10, 2015

Included in this exhibition are letters, photographs, writings, and rare printed materials documenting Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s life and work. This exhibition is organized in conjunction with The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Archives of American Art
George Carlin
March 27, 2015 – July 5, 2015

Our “Recognize” wall seeks to commemorate Americans who have influenced politics, history, and culture. The public voted to honor comedian George Carlin for the Portrait Gallery’s most recent Recognize selection.

Portrait Gallery
Lincoln's Carriage
March 23, 2015 – May 25, 2015

A special display of the carriage that transported the President, Mary Todd Lincoln, Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancée Clara Harris to Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865.

American History Museum
Elaine de Kooning: Portraits
March 13, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Elaine de Kooning’s gestural portraits of friends and family were much admired during her lifetime, and included many well-known Americans

Portrait Gallery
Dan Flavin
March 11, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Two iconic works by Dan Flavin (American, b. New York, 1933–1996) from the collection are on view. “untitled (to Helga and Carlo, with respect and affection)” (1974) and “‘monument’ for V. Tatlin” (1967) are examples of two of the artist’s most renowned series, the “barriers” and the “monuments,” respectively.

Hirshhorn Museum
Seasonal Landscapes in Japanese Screens
March 7, 2015 – September 7, 2015

Cherry trees bloom in this selection of folding screen paintings from the Freer Gallery. These landscapes from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries combine ink painting techniques assimilated from China with the vibrant color and gold of traditional Japanese painting in a new style and grand scale.

Freer Gallery
Mingering Mike's Supersonic Greatest Hits
February 27, 2015 – August 2, 2015

See how self-taught Washington, D.C., artist "Mingering Mike" exercised his youthful fantasy of being a famous soul singer/songwriter in the late 1960s and the 1970s—and reflected the aspirations of countless other kids who dreamed of being discovered.

American Art Museum
Hand of Freedom: The Life and Legacy of the Plummer Family
February 23, 2015 – December 27, 2015

This exhibit looks at the life and legacy of the Plummer family in Prince Georges County, Maryland in the 19th century. Adam Francis Plummer (1819 - December 13, 1905), enslaved on George Calvert’s Riversdale plantation, began to keep a diary in 1841 and maintained it for over sixty years.

Anacostia Community Museum
3-D Portrait of President Obama
February 13, 2015 – February 16, 2015

In 2014, President Barack Obama became the first President to be scanned using 3-D technology. Data from the scan were used to create his portraits, and a 3-D printed bust will be on view for Presidents Day weekend Friday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Portrait Gallery
Freedom Just Around the Corner: Black America from Civil War to Civil Rights
February 12, 2015 – February 15, 2016

A chronicle of the African American experience told from the perspective of stamps and mail.

Postal Museum
"Cracked Plate" Photograph of Lincoln
February 12, 2015 – February 16, 2015

For just five days, the museum will display the original print of the “cracked plate” portrait of Abraham Lincoln. This photograph by Alexander Gardner is one of the most haunting portraits of any president.

Portrait Gallery
Artists at Work
February 4, 2015 – May 1, 2015

This juried show, the Smithsonian Community Committees’s fourth, pan-Institutional art exhibition, underscores the often hidden talents within the Smithsonian community. A panel of three outside jurors selected 56 artists, from 23 different units, from more than 170 entries.

Ripley Center
How the Civil War Changed Washington
February 2, 2015 – November 15, 2015

This exhibition examines the social and spatial impact of the Civil War on Washington, DC and the resulting dramatic changes in social mores, and in the size and ethnic composition of the city’s population.

Anacostia Community Museum

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