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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
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
American Quilt Legacy Case: Colonial Quilting Bee Quilt
May 19, 2005 – September 4, 2006

The American Quilt Legacy case features pieces from the museum's collection on a rotating basis, starting with a cotton applique quilt made in the 1930s by a woman's historical Colonial quilting bee.

American History Museum
Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz
May 18, 2005 – May 29, 2006

The life of legendary Cuban-born singer Celia Cruz (1924-2003) is explored through costumes, wigs, shoes, photographs, video, and music.

American History Museum
Collecting Photographic Art in Archives
May 13, 2005 – August 10, 2005

View a selection of works from the Archive Center's documentary photography collections.

American History Museum
Close Up in Black: African American Film Posters
May 7, 2005 – July 28, 2005

Trace the history of the African American experience in the movie industry through ninety framed film posters that illuminate the impact of performers, writers, designers, directors, and producers on screen and behind the screens.

Ripley Center
Contemporary Japanese Porcelain Contemporary Japanese Porcelain
April 25, 2005 – July 5, 2011

Twentieth-century Japanese artists give fresh interpretations to the time-honored art of porcelain.

Sackler Gallery
Whatever Happened to Polio? Whatever Happened to Polio?
April 12, 2005 – September 4, 2006

The story of the polio epidemic in the United States, from vaccine development to current world efforts to stop polio.

American History Museum
Wildlife Photography Rotating Display
April 9, 2005 – July 24, 2006

Visit a rotating display of wildlife photography by Zoo and FONZ Photo Club photographers.

National Zoo
Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance
April 8, 2005 – October 30, 2005

Visit the first exhibition devoted to the subject of technical textiles, featuring highly engineered materials designed for ultimate performance.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Chinese Mountains of Immortality: A Focused Look
April 2, 2005 – September 25, 2005

See a 3-object installation that examines Chinese images of mountains by comparing a 2nd-1st century B.C. incense burner with 2 later hanging scrolls.

Sackler Gallery
Small Masterpieces: Whistler Paintings from the 1880s
April 2, 2005 – November 14, 2008

View 23 of the most beautiful of Whistler's small oil paintings -- many produced in his studio or from nature.

Freer Gallery
Jazz Photographs -- Composed and Improvised
March 28, 2005 – May 10, 2005

Visit a selection of rarely seen images -- from formal publicity shots to casual snap shots -- of jazz artists performing, jamming, and relaxing.

American History Museum
From Selma to Montgomery: The 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March
March 21, 2005 – September 11, 2005

This showcase features clothing worn by Selma marchers, a voter registration manual, and photographs to mark the 40th anniversary of this historic march and the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. 

American History Museum
In the Realm of Princes: The Arts of the Book in Fifteenth-Century Iran and Central Asia
March 19, 2005 – August 7, 2005

See 33 paintings, manuscripts, and portable luxury objects from Iran and modern-day Afghanistan that illustrate one of the most artistically brilliant periods in the history of the Islamic world.

Sackler Gallery
Games, Contests and Artful Play in Japan
March 19, 2005 – October 23, 2005

Visit this exhibition and a concurrent installation of screens in a neighboring gallery that present paintings and objects from the 14th to 20th centuries illustrating a variety of Japanese games and contests.

Freer Gallery
Rusticity Refined: Kyoto Ceramics by Ninsei
March 19, 2005 – October 23, 2005

See a small exhibition of 13 objects that compares objects by the famed Kyoto potter Nonomura Ninsei that embody the new asethetic form of porcelains with prototypes of the Momoyama period.

Freer Gallery
The Allure of Pearls The Allure of Pearls
March 18, 2005 – September 5, 2005

On view in a case in the Winston Gallery are 12 extraordinary pearls that represent the breadth in color, shape, size, and luster of these natural gems.

Natural History Museum
Stamps Take Flight
March 15, 2005 – March 19, 2006

Learn about the creative processes and printing techniques behind America's stamps as illustrated by stamps with air and space themes, including an "Inverted Jenny."

Postal Museum