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Directions: Cai Guo-Qiang: Traveler
October 30, 2004 – April 24, 2005

Unlucky Year: Unrealized Projects from 2003-2004 is a series of drawings created by igniting gunpowder on paper, highlighting Cai's interest in using a seemingly destructive material as a tool for creation.

Hirshhorn Museum
Carmen Lucia Ruby
October 16, 2004 – November 20, 2006

On view is the 23.1-carat Carmen Lucia ruby, one of the largest faceted Burmese rubies known to exist.

Natural History Museum
Ana Mendieta: Earth Body, Sculpture and Performance 1972-1985
October 14, 2004 – January 2, 2005

Hirshhorn Museum
Generous Friends: Building an Art Collection for the National Air and Space Museum
October 8, 2004 – August 25, 2006

Discover 72 artworks that provide a visual history of the people and events associated with the development of powered flight and space exploration.

Air and Space Museum
Richard Avedon Memorial Photographs
October 7, 2004 – June 5, 2005

American History Museum
Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers
October 7, 2004 – January 9, 2005

From Althea Gibson's struggle to break the color barrier and excel as a tennis champion, through the "Battle of the Sexes" between tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, to the humanitarian efforts of baseball star Roberto Clemente, sports illustrate many facets of American life.

American History Museum
In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits
October 2, 2004 – April 3, 2005

Natural History Museum
Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living
October 1, 2004 – February 27, 2005

See works by Josef and Anni Albers designed for the modern domestic interior, dating from the 1920s through the 1950s. 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Driving Force: VSA arts
September 25, 2004 – November 29, 2004

View 15 award-winning works of art by young artists with disabilities submitted to a contest sponsored by VSA arts.

Ripley Center
Hawaiian Treasures
September 22, 2004 – May 30, 2005

To complement the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, this exhibition celebrates the indigenous peoples of Hawai'i.

Natural History Museum
Our Peoples: Giving Voice to Our Histories Our Peoples: Giving Voice to Our Histories
September 21, 2004 – March 14, 2014

This exhibition discusses events that shaped the lives and outlook of Native peoples from 1491 to the present.

American Indian Museum
Native History, American History: Objects Out of Storage
September 21, 2004 – September 26, 2004

These 3 temporary exhibition cases celebrate the opening of the American Indian Museum on the Mall.

American History Museum
Jewelry Designed by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell
September 21, 2004 – April 3, 2005

See jewelry designed by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Northern Cheyenne, R-Colo.), a leading artist working in contemporary Native American jewelry.

American Indian Museum
Native Modernism: The Art of George Morrison and Allan Houser
September 21, 2004 – November 6, 2005

See works by George Morrison (Grand Portage Chippewa) and Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache), who have significantly influenced the direction of contemporary Native American art.

American Indian Museum
Asia in America: Views of Chinese Art from the Indianapolis Museum of Art
September 18, 2004 – March 20, 2005

View ceramic treasures from the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) -- spanning more than 1,000 years of history -- that are juxtaposed with similar items from the Freer Gallery to reveal how different apparently "similar" things can be.

Sackler Gallery
Archives Center: From Lamps to Lunch Boxes: Aladdin Industries Inc.
September 15, 2004 – November 10, 2004

On view are recently acquired records and documents related to Aladdin Industries Inc., which made lamps, vacuum ware, and lunch boxes.

American History Museum
Design Is Not Art: Functional Objects from Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread
September 10, 2004 – February 27, 2005

Understand the relationship between art and design with functional 3-D design objects by some of the most influential Minimalist and post-Minimalist artists of the 20th century,  

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Case: Ralph J. Bunche, Statesman, Activist, Peacemaker (Part 1)
September 9, 2004 – July 7, 2005

American History Museum
Winogrand 1964
September 3, 2004 – November 28, 2004

See 185 photographs of America taken in 1964, a year after the assassination of President Kennedy, that reflect the country at a cultural crossroads from the Civil Rights movement to the Vietnam War.

Ripley Center
Young Whistler: Early Prints and the "French Set"
August 28, 2004 – March 13, 2005

See 23 of James McNeill Whistler's most important etchings produced up to 1858, related drawings and watercolors, some of the artist's tools, and 5 of his copper printing plates.

Freer Gallery