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First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection
April 24, 2004 – May 29, 2006

View 200 items illustrating the similar aesthetic characteristics found in Native American objects from different North American cultures.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Perspectives -- Do-Ho Suh: Staircase-IV
April 17, 2004 – September 26, 2004

Visit a site-specific installation meticulously stitched out of a translucent red nylon fabric -- a monumental and powerfully abstract rendering of Do-Ho Suh's New York apartment staircase in 1:1 scale.

Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Staff Photo Show
April 15, 2004 – June 13, 2004

View photographs taken by Smithsonian employees with a Smithsonian theme/connection.

Ripley Center
Taking America to Lunch Taking America to Lunch
April 13, 2004 – January 2, 2014

On view are more than 50 children's and workers' illustrated metal lunch boxes and beverage containers dating from the 1890s through the 1980s to celebrate the history and endurance of American lunch boxes.

American History Museum
Playful Performers Playful Performers
April 9, 2004 – December 12, 2004

View an exhibition that looks at children's masquerades in Africa using objects, photographs, and video presentations.

African Art Museum
The Queen's Own: Stamps That Changed the World The Queen's Own: Stamps That Changed the World
April 6, 2004 – January 11, 2005

This exhibition features some of the most spectacular pieces from Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England's collection.

Postal Museum
Baseball as America
April 3, 2004 – October 3, 2004

This exhibition examines the roles baseball has played in American culture and how it has become an integral part of American life.

Natural History Museum
Right at Home: American Studio Furniture
April 2, 2004 – January 23, 2005

Visit 58 one-of-a-kind, custom-designed works, both functional and whimsical, created by 47 artists mostly from 1990 to the present.

Renwick Gallery
Eight Wonders from the Salvador Dali Museum Eight Wonders from the Salvador Dali Museum
April 2, 2004 – April 20, 2004

To celebrate the centennial of Salvador Dali's birth, see 8 of his small oil paintings dating from 1918 to 1958 that provide a view of his work over four decades.

Smithsonian Castle
Archives Center: Milt Gabler, The Record Man
March 31, 2004 – May 18, 2004

On view are archival materials that represent the career of music producer, song writer, mentor, and salesman Milt Gabler.

American History Museum
Chasing Venus: Observing the Transits of Venus, 1631-2004 Chasing Venus: Observing the Transits of Venus, 1631-2004
March 24, 2004 – September 5, 2005

American History Museum
History in the News: Three Mile Island: The Inside Story
March 24, 2004 – June 29, 2004

On display is a model of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, to mark the 25th anniversary of the accident that took place there in March 1979.

American History Museum
Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries
March 20, 2004 – August 8, 2004

See 35 limestone sculptures from an extraordinary cache of nearly 400 sixth-century Chinese Buddhist objects that were unearthed in 1996 in Qingzhou, Shandong province, China, at what used to be the site of the Longxing Buddhist temple.

Sackler Gallery
Faith and Form: Selected Calligraphy and Painting from the Japanese Religious Traditions
March 20, 2004 – July 18, 2004

View 56 works that illustrate the intimate relationships between calligraphy, painting, and faith transmission within the Japanese Buddhist and Shinto tradition.

Sackler Gallery
The Tumultuous Fifties: A View from the New York Times Photo Archives
March 12, 2004 – May 9, 2004

On view are more than 100 New York Times's vintage b&w photographs taken between 1950 and 1959.

American History Museum
Chinese Script from Oracle Bones to Computer Bytes
March 11, 2004 – May 31, 2004

Explore the evolution of Chinese characters from ancient times to the present.

Ripley Center
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