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Directions: Jim Lambie
May 13, 2006 – October 4, 2006

Scottish artist Jeff Lambie transforms the museum's lobby into a lively, colorful, immersive environment that includes one of his signature taped floor pieces from his Zobop series and a group of sculptures.

Hirshhorn Museum
Lewis and Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition
May 12, 2006 – September 11, 2006

Marking the 200th anniversary of the expedition, the exhibition includes more than 400 artifacts -- together for the first time since 1806 -- that emphasize the cultural encounters of the journey.

Natural History Museum
Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005
May 5, 2006 – October 29, 2006

Explore the physical forms, rituals of use, and social meanings of eating utensils through the museum's permanent collection of cutlery produced in Europe and the U.S. from 1500 to the present.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Virgil Ortiz: La Renaissance Indigene
May 4, 2006 – September 24, 2006

View an exhibit of ceramics, mixed media and couture from the artist Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo, b. 1969).

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Will Wilson: Auto Immune Response
May 4, 2006 – September 24, 2006

Photographer and artist Will Wilson (Navajo) creates an imagined environment to show what the Navajos' relationship to the land might be like in the distant future.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Beyond Brushwork: Symbolism in Chinese Painting
April 29, 2006 – November 26, 2006

Take a look at the contemporary approach of examining the objects within Chinese paintings for their symbolic meanings, such as longevity and good fortune, and for their social and political commentary.

Freer Gallery
Directions: Oliver Herring
April 29, 2006 – April 29, 2006

For a single 8-hour period using simple materials (paper, pens, tables, chairs, ladders, a "boom box"), New York-based artist Oliver Herring (b. 1964, Germany) creates Task on the Hirshhorn plaza as part of the Directions series.

Hirshhorn Museum
Through Their Eyes: Birney Elementary School Students Photograph Anacostia
April 23, 2006 – October 15, 2006

View a photographic exhibition that includes everyday scenes, special events, residents, and places of interest in the Anacostia community by 13 students of the James Gillespie Birney Elementary School in southeast Washington, D.C.,

Anacostia Community Museum
New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Indians: Exploring a Community Tradition from an Insider's View
April 23, 2006 – October 15, 2006

View more than 45 of New Orleans photographer J. Nash Porter's photographic portraits of the Mardi Gras Indians and their elaborate handmade suits (costumes) and patches.

Anacostia Community Museum
Black Box: Francis Alys
April 17, 2006 – August 14, 2006

Delve into the everyday rituals and habits of the metropolis of London by following 64 individual Coldstream Guards as they move through downtown in this film by Francis Alys.

Hirshhorn Museum
Forces of Change: The Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely
April 15, 2006 – November 12, 2006

Explore the Arctic’s changing climate. Discover what these changes mean for the Arctic, its wildlife, its people—and the rest of the planet.

Natural History Museum
Forces of Change: Atmosphere: Change is in the Air
April 15, 2006 – November 12, 2006

This exhibition explains the important role the atmosphere plays in our lives and in the environment by examining its evolution and properties and its effects on plants, animals, and people.

Natural History Museum
Science in the News: Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
April 10, 2006 – January 31, 2007

A presumably extinct bird, the ivory-billed woodpecker, Campephilus principalis, was reportedly rediscovered in 2004.

Natural History Museum
Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches
April 3, 2006 – August 6, 2006

Follow a boat journey along the Amazon River with 9 ports of call and see live fish, objects, interactives, and multimedia presentations to explore biodiversity and the relationships between the environment, the animals and people who live there.

Ripley Center
Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History
April 1, 2006 – July 30, 2006

Explore connections between past and present modes of seeing by juxtaposing contemporary photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto's photographs with approximately 60 ancient and medieval Japanese artworks.

Sackler Gallery
Nature's Best Photography Awards: 2004 & 2005
April 1, 2006 – March 13, 2007

View 10 photographs from the Nature's Best International Photography Awards: the 2004 grand-prize winner and the 2005 grand-prize and category winners.  

Natural History Museum
Jazz and More: Black Broadcast Pioneers
March 30, 2006 – May 23, 2006

See objects from the Archives Collections related to Jazz on the radio.

American History Museum
Miles and Monk: New Jazz Acquisitions
March 28, 2006 – September 4, 2006

Trumpeter and composer Davis helped pioneer a variety of jazz styles, including cool jazz, hard bop, and jazz-rock fusion, through his distinctive lyrical style. Monk, known for his unorthodox chord voicings and unusual rhythms, helped pioneer bebop in the 1940s. 

American History Museum
Grant Wood's Studio: Birthplace of "American Gothic"
March 10, 2006 – July 16, 2006

See approximately 160 works by artist Grant Wood (1891-1942) that place his decorative arts and design work within the larger context of his better-known paintings, drawings, and prints.

Renwick Gallery
Honky-Tonk: Country Music Photographs by Henry Horenstein, 1972-1981
March 10, 2006 – September 4, 2006

Some 80 photographs by Henry Horenstein depict country music fans and performers.

American History Museum

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