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Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser
March 5, 2004 – July 25, 2004

Visit the first, full-scale museum retrospective of the works of 19th-century pioneer industrial designer Christopher Dresser, featuring over 300 of his major works.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Insights Insights
February 27, 2004 – December 5, 2004

See 40 artworks by 9 contemporary artists whose experimentation with subject matter and material offers a thoughtful look at the artistic process.

African Art Museum
Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
February 27, 2004 – October 23, 2005

View several hundred of the museum's greatest treasures by such artists as Raphaelle Peale, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, and Victor Higgins. 

Renwick Gallery
Whistler in Paris: Lithographs from the Belle Epoque, 1891-1896
February 21, 2004 – August 15, 2004

See 26 of the best of Whistler's lithographs, many of which challenged contemporary notions of form and finish and also offered unexpected glimpses of this artist as a contented family man.

Freer Gallery
Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement; Nuestros caminos/Nuestros historias: Retratos de logros latinos Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement; Nuestros caminos/Nuestros historias: Retratos de logros latinos
February 18, 2004 – April 25, 2004

This photography exhibition highlights the experiences of 25 Latino achievers.

American History Museum
Latino Achievements
February 18, 2004 – September 20, 2004

Chita Rivera's Kiss of the Spiderwoman costume, a selection of Puerto Rican artifacts given by businessman Teodoro Vidal, and several objects from Goya Foods, Inc. are displayed in 2 cases.

American History Museum
Douglas Gordon
February 12, 2004 – May 9, 2004

 This is the first North American survey of Scottish artist Douglas Gordon (b. 1966) who is best known for his video installations, which take as their subjects such classic Hollywood films as Psycho and Taxi Driver.

Hirshhorn Museum
Birds and Beasts in Japanese Art
January 31, 2004 – July 18, 2004

Visit an exhibition highlighting the Freer Gallery's diverse and visually exciting collection of birds and animals in a variety of artistic media.

Freer Gallery
The Tea Ceremony as Melting Pot
January 31, 2004 – February 20, 2005

See 17 objects featuring an eclectic variety of Chinese, Southeast Asian, Korean, and Japanese jars, bowls, cups, dishes, boxes, and a water holder -- exotic foreign ceramics that became so integrated into the tea ceremony that their provenance was forgotten and they were considered to be Japanese.

Freer Gallery
The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes
January 16, 2004 – January 2, 2005

Marking the 40th anniversary of the Beatles's first U.S. tour and their live performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

American History Museum
MMLL: Mike McCartney's Liverpool Life
January 16, 2004 – January 2, 2005

American History Museum
National Museum of the American Indian On the Mall Display
December 23, 2003 – November 30, 2004

See a model of the National Museum of the American Indian, scheduled to open on the National Mall Sept. 21, 2004.

Smithsonian Castle
Calico & Chintz: Early American Quilts from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
December 16, 2003 – November 21, 2004

This exhibition features 22 rare pieced and whole-cloth American quilts made before 1850 from the collection of Patricia A. Smith, a Washington playwright and quilt historian. 

American Art Museum
Lemelson Center: The Inventive Side of Nobel
December 14, 2003 – January 12, 2004

These 2 cases explore the everyday inventions that have resulted from the Nobel-winning research of scientists Guglielmo Marconi, William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain.

American History Museum
Burgess Shale: Evolution's Big Bang
December 13, 2003 – March 7, 2004

This exhibition explores the amazing array of creatures discovered within the fossil record of the Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies.

Natural History Museum
Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People
December 6, 2003 – October 3, 2004

This exhibition explores the heritage and identity of the Alutiiq people, who live along the southern coast of Alaska.

Natural History Museum
Guardians of the Law: Chinese Luohan Painting
December 2, 2003 – May 23, 2004

See 22 late 12th- to 18th-century works as well as an 8th-century Tang ewer that examine major trends in the evolution of Chinese luohan paintings as executed by both regional or court professionals and followers of literati traditions. 

Freer Gallery
Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats
December 1, 2003 – April 25, 2004

See 30 black and white photographs that illustrate the African American woman's boundless passion for keeping the Sabbath both holy and glamorous with hats.

Anacostia Community Museum
Not Just Gingerbread
November 22, 2003 – December 26, 2003

Marvel at  the decorative, edible vignettes Jan Curry creates using such materials as gingerbread, sugar paste, herbs, and grains. 

A&I
Mr. Whistler's Galleries: Avant-Garde in Victorian London
November 20, 2003 – April 4, 2004

Visit an exhibition marking the centenary of Whistler's death on July 17, 1903, highlighting his importance to the history of exhibition design by creating new versions of 2 of his most influential installations.

Freer Gallery