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Chinese Ceramics: 13th-14th Century
December 20, 2014 – January 3, 2016

A dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection show highlights of Yuan ceramic styles.

Freer Gallery
Portrait of Stephen Colbert
December 20, 2014 – April 20, 2015

In recognition of the end of Stephen Colbert’s decade-long persona for Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, the museum has borrowed Colbert’s portrait, which was created for the final season of the show.

Portrait Gallery
Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan
December 13, 2014 – June 14, 2015

In this exhibition, Chinese and Japanese paintings, lacquer ware, and ceramics illuminate this remarkable period of cultural contact and synthesis.

Freer Gallery
Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics
December 13, 2014 – June 14, 2015

This exhibition highlights the best selections of Oribe ware in the Freer's collection, including two new acquisitions on view for the first time.

Freer Gallery
Tools: Extending Our Reach
December 12, 2014 – May 25, 2015

Can tools be functional and have great design? This exhibition examines the role and significance of tools that span world cultures and histories.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Beautiful Users
December 12, 2014 – April 26, 2015

Beautiful Users introduces visitors to one of the fundamental changes in design thinking over the past half-century: the shift toward designs based on observations of human anatomy and behavior.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Maira Kalman Selects
December 12, 2014 – June 7, 2015

56 objects from the collections of Cooper Hewitt, other Smithsonian museums, and Kalman herself, arranged by the acclaimed author, artist, and designer to suggest the journey of a life story, from birth through death.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Making Design
December 12, 2014 – April 17, 2016

Some 360 objects, including furniture, lighting fixtures, tableware, clothing, jewelry, books, and posters, providing an overview of five key elements of design: color, form, line, pattern, and texture.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church
December 12, 2014 – September 26, 2015

Paying homage both to de Forest and to his mentor, Frederic Church, Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church evokes the fascination of late 19th-century America with the arts of India.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
First 3-D Printed Presidential Life Mask and Bust
December 2, 2014 – December 31, 2014

The first presidential portraits created from 3-D scan data are on display. The portraits of President Barack Obama were created based on data collected by a Smithsonian-led team of 3-D digital imaging specialists and include a digital and 3-D printed bust and life mask.

Smithsonian Castle
The Traveler's Eye: Scenes of Asia
November 22, 2014 – May 31, 2015

The exhibition provides glimpses of travels across the continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Sackler Gallery
Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Dynasty Legacy
November 22, 2014 – May 31, 2015

A tradition dating to the third century, landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese culture. This exhibition includes the earliest work in the museum collection together with later examples tracing the characteristics and evolution of six of these styles.

Freer Gallery
Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family
November 13, 2014 – January 10, 2016

Contemporary jewelry by members of the Yazzie family, complemented by historic pieces from the museum's collection, illustrate the development of Navajo jewelry as a form of cultural expression and reveal the meanings behind its symbolism.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue
November 9, 2014 – January 24, 2016

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the museum in 2014, this exhibition recognizes the museum's unique history and its contributions towards furthering meaningful dialogue between Africa and the African diaspora.

African Art Museum
Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College
November 7, 2014 – March 1, 2015

Six murals by Atlanta-based artist Hale Woodruff for Talladega College, Alabama, trace the rise of African Americans from slavery to freedom.

American History Museum
Recent Acquisitions
November 7, 2014 – November 1, 2015

New additions to the Portrait Gallery’s collection are installed in the hall leading from the G Street museum entrance.The pieces include paintings of Ted Turner, Maya Angelou, Marvin Hamlisch and William Dunlap, and photographs of B. B. King, Quincy Jones, and others.

Portrait Gallery
The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art
October 31, 2014 – February 22, 2015

Explore how contemporary artists employ bird imagery as a conduit for understanding contemporary culture.

American Art Museum
A Room of Her Own: My Mother's Altar, an installation by Sandra Cisneros
October 31, 2014 – September 7, 2015

Acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros has created an installation in the tradition of "Dia de Muertos" to honor her mother, Elvira Cordero Cisneros.

American History Museum
Black Box: Ragnar Kjartansson
October 28, 2014 – April 19, 2015

At the 2013 Venice Biennale, Kjartansson took over a waterside post and assembled a floating concert with a brass band aboard a small, vintage-style wooden boat. What few knew at the time, however, was that the artist was filming the proceedings from a different perspective; the resulting footage is the core of "S.S. Hangover."

Hirshhorn Museum
2013 Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards
October 24, 2014 – April 20, 2015

Witness nature and wildlife through the eyes of some of the most talented amateur and professional photographers in the world.

Natural History Museum

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