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Excavating Design: 18th-Century Drawings and Prints from the Permanent Collection
November 4, 2005 – January 8, 2006

View a selection of 18th-century European drawings and prints of ancient Rome from the museum's expansive collection features works by such artists as Giovanni Panini, Louis-Joseph Le Lorrain, and Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Alaska Native Art and Culture
November 4, 2005 – November 6, 2005

See some 33 objects from the Alaska Native Arts Foundation and 20 photographs depicting Alaskan Native craftspeople and life in rural Alaska by Carrie Anvil-Kiana, Ryan Olson, and Holly Nordlum.  

Natural History Museum
Gyroscope
November 3, 2005 – January 8, 2006

Visit a rotating exhibition that features innovative, experimental works from the museum's permanent collection. Each installation offers a different grouping of works gathered around a theme or individual artists and provides new ways of looking at its diverse holdings as well as in-depth exploration of notable artists. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey
October 29, 2005 – January 22, 2006

See 68 of the world's finest and most luxurious imperial Ottoman royal textiles.

Sackler Gallery
Fire and Water: The CIGNA Firefighting and Maritime Collection
October 28, 2005 – July 13, 2006

Visitors can watch through large windows as curators process a collection of nearly 4,000 firefighting and maritime materials that date from 1825-1875, the heyday of voluntary fire organizations. 

American History Museum
Showcase: Ray Charles: "The Genius"
October 28, 2005 – September 4, 2006

See selected objects related to musician Ray Charles.

American History Museum
Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits
October 21, 2005 – January 8, 2006

Examine an overview of Latin American portraiture, comprising more than 100 portraits from over 15 countries beginning in the Precolumbian era, continuing through the Viceregal and Independence periods, and into the modern era.

Ripley Center
Faces of Inspiration
October 21, 2005 – January 8, 2006

See the work of 6 Bell Multicultural High School students in the National Portrait Gallery's Teen Ambassadors program who curated Faces of Inspiration, an 8-panel interpretive exhibition showcasing 24 of their photographs and personal essays on community members who they view as heroes.

Ripley Center
Frost: Life and Culture of the Sami Reindeer People of Norway
October 19, 2005 – July 3, 2006

View 39 photographs that document the lives of the Sami -- indigenous people living today in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula in Russia.

Natural History Museum
Yinka Shonibare Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection
October 7, 2005 – September 24, 2006

Visit an exhibition, curated by Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, that explores modes of transportation, from the 16th to the 20th centuries, as both a means of economic advancement and as a leisure time activity.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
John Lennon: The Lost Album
October 6, 2005 – April 10, 2006

To mark the 65th anniversary of John Lennon's birth and National Stamp Collecting Month, the museum presents Lennon's childhood stamp album.

Postal Museum
Virtue and Entertainment: Chinese Music in the Visual Arts
October 1, 2005 – March 26, 2006

Learn how music played an important role in ancient Chinese culture and was also richly presented in the visual arts.

Freer Gallery
Shifting Gears: A National Juried Exhibit for Young Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25
September 27, 2005 – November 29, 2005

View 15 award-winning works of art by young artists (ages 16-25) with disabilities.

Ripley Center
New Tribe: New York: Alan Michelson
September 17, 2005 – January 1, 2006

In multimedia works created over the last 15 years, Alan Michelson's work focuses on both the city and state of New York and reveals his continuing interest in history and origins.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design
September 16, 2005 – January 22, 2006

View more than 200 works to chart the stylistic design history of modern American production silver from 1925 to 2000 and to reintroduce designers working at this time.

Renwick Gallery
La Causa: The Delano Grape Strike of 1965-1970
September 16, 2005 – January 3, 2006

This display features a UFW flag, posters, buttons, and a short-handled hoe used by a California farm laborer to mark the 40th anniversary of the strike.

American History Museum
Latino and Latin American Collections
September 12, 2005 – October 31, 2005

In three cases, a variety of objects from the museum's collection document various aspects of Latino and Latin American history and culture, including religion, popular culture, business, sports, labor, and entertainment.

American History Museum
Gold -- The Asian Touch
September 10, 2005 – February 19, 2006

See a small, focused exhibition of 47 works that examines the meanings and uses of gold in different Asian cultures.

Sackler Gallery
Perspectives -- Mei-Ling Hom Perspectives -- Mei-Ling Hom
August 27, 2005 – March 5, 2006

Explore the meanings of clouds and the fluidity of those meanings for people who inhabit multiple cultures in this serene and contemplative installation of 30 cloud-like forms.

Sackler Gallery
Directions: Jim Hodges
August 19, 2005 – April 17, 2006

As part of the Directions series, a monumental banner (70 feet by 25 feet) by New York-based artist Jim Hodges is featured across the building above the museum's main entrance on Independence Avenue.

Hirshhorn Museum