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Pretty Women: Freer and the Ideal of Feminine Beauty
August 13, 2005 – September 17, 2006

See the major works that Freer acquired during his first 12 years as a collector -- images of beautiful women by James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, and Abbott Handerson Thayer.

Freer Gallery
Love on Paper: Handmade Greeting Cards by Ernest Dudley Chase
August 11, 2005 – December 20, 2005

On view are handmade greeting card created to celebrate holidays and special occasions by Ernest Dudley Chase.

American History Museum
Directions: Janet Cardiff
August 3, 2005 – October 30, 2005

Multimedia sound artist Janet Cardiff (b. 1957, Canada) has designed a site-specific, outdoor audio walking tour around the Hirshhorn and National Mall titled Words drawn in water.

Hirshhorn Museum
Photographs by John Paul Caponigro and Kendall Messick
July 28, 2005 – September 4, 2006

Capture the lives and traditions of the aging African American population of Corapeake, North Carolina through the images by 2 contemporary photographers.

American History Museum
Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride: African American Murals
July 11, 2005 – October 16, 2005

See nearly 70 photographs and nearly 30 pieces of original art in this exhibition spotlighting historic and contemporary murals created by African Americans around the country and other artists who have or are producing pieces for public display in African American communities.

Anacostia Community Museum
Forgotten Roots: African American Muslims in Early America
July 11, 2005 – October 16, 2005

Learn through a range of artifacts, diaries, documents, and photographs in this exhibition showing how newly transported African Muslims played significant roles as explorers, entrepreneurs, educators, and patriotic servicemen in America during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Anacostia Community Museum
Why Vote?
July 11, 2005 – October 16, 2005

See how the artist DeWayne Barton uses poetry and campaign memorabilia to fashion a personal statement about voting, the electoral process, and African American disenfranchisement.

Anacostia Community Museum
Vietnamese Ceramics from the Red River Delta
July 9, 2005 – January 31, 2010

See the first major presentation of 25 works from the Freer's Vietnamese ceramic collection.

Freer Gallery
Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade
June 25, 2005 – September 11, 2005

Explore how ancient Yemen grew fabulously wealthy because of the caravan trade routes of frankincense and myrrh that ran through it.

Sackler Gallery
Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art
June 23, 2005 – September 25, 2005

See the first exhibition devoted to the arts and culture of the Urhobo people, who live in the Niger River Delta in southern Nigeria.

African Art Museum
Visual Music
June 23, 2005 – September 11, 2005

Visual Music surveys the impact of music on the visual arts over the last 100 years, showing successive explorations of the idea of synaesthesia -- the experience of one sense evoking another.

Hirshhorn Museum
Smithsonian Magazine: Through Our Readers' Eyes
June 15, 2005 – January 3, 2006

View the 50 finalists from the 2005 Smithsonian magazine photo contest for amateur photographers. 

American History Museum
History in the News: Collecting September 11
June 11, 2005 – September 4, 2006

The History in the News case features objects from the museum's collection related to the September 11 tragedy. Objects will be rotated several times a year, starting with items from June 2005 through September 2006. 

American History Museum
International Joyce
June 9, 2005 – June 20, 2005

Learn about the Irish writer James Joyce (1882-1941), one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. These 22 panels tells the story of the writer said to represent the spirit of modern Ireland.

Ripley Center
Young Visions of Community
June 9, 2005 – August 21, 2005

View the photographs and writings of Washington, D.C. elementary school students created during the Literacy through Photography project. The photos, essays, poems, and stories paint a vivid portrait of youth and community in the District of Columbia.

Ripley Center
Disneyland: The First 50 Years
June 9, 2005 – September 4, 2006

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland with two rides -- a big teacup from Alice's Mad Tea Party and Dumbo the Flying Elephant -- from the original theme park in Los Angeles, California.

American History Museum
New Tribe: New York: Spiderwoman Theater
May 28, 2005 – September 5, 2005

Follow the story of Spiderwoman Theater, founded by three Brooklyn sisters in 1975, with this 30-year landmark retrospective of archival and performance video footage, photos, memorabilia, and Kuna and Rappahannock objects from the sisters' collection.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Chinese Pots for Tabletop Gardens: Honoring the World Bonsai Friendship Federation
May 27, 2005 – September 5, 2005

See how the pot used to hold a bonsai is also important to the overall aesthetic impact in this display featureing 8 antique Chinese pots that reveal a continuum of taste from imperial opulence to restrained rusticity.

Sackler Gallery
Greenland
May 20, 2005 – July 17, 2005

The museum explores the history and culture of Greenland through several exhibitions and display cases -- featuring artifacts, photographs, and contemporary art -- on view in various locations throughout the building.

Natural History Museum
Greenland Research: Rasmussen's Circumpolar Research
May 20, 2005 – December 14, 2006

See objects from the museum's collection dealing with the fifth expedition Knud Rasmussen (1879-1933) took from Thule, in northern Greenland, to Alaska (1921-1924). Objects include snow goggles, handmade dolls by indigenous peoples, and miniature models of wooden sleds.

Natural History Museum