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Directions: Jennie C. Jones: Higher Resonance Directions: Jennie C. Jones: Higher Resonance
May 16, 2013 – October 27, 2013

Discover Jones's audio collages and the connections between art and music.

Hirshhorn Museum
I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story
May 1, 2013 – August 25, 2013

Learn about the diverse cultures and complex history of Asian Pacific Americans from the first immigrants centuries ago to the challenges they face today. Note: Off view July 23 and 24, 2013.

American History Museum
Nine Deaths, Two Births: Xu Bing's Phoenix Project Nine Deaths, Two Births: Xu Bing's Phoenix Project
April 27, 2013 – September 2, 2013

See how Xu Bing's Phoenix Project -- his newest sculpture on view at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) -- evolved through drawings, scale models, and construction fragments.

Sackler Gallery
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
April 22, 2013 – February 23, 2014

Learn about the complex and visually rich relationship between African artists and the land upon which they live, walk, and frame their days.

African Art Museum
Grand Procession: Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection Grand Procession: Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection
April 20, 2013 – January 1, 2014

See how five Native American artists turn a centuries-old tradition of doll making into a contemporary art form.

American Indian Museum
Old Tales Retold: Chinese Narrative Painting Old Tales Retold: Chinese Narrative Painting
April 20, 2013 – October 20, 2013

Trace the stories of famous people and events in Chinese history and see how their depictions in art reveal both traditional Chinese values and the universality of human experience.

Freer Gallery
Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913 to the Present Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913 to the Present
April 18, 2013 – September 8, 2013

See how artists over the last 100 years have used objects -- the fragments and detritus in the world around them -- to challenge traditional art media.

Hirshhorn Museum
Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color
April 12, 2013 – July 28, 2013

See furniture and images of architectural woodwork produced by Thomas Day (1801-about 1861), a free African American who owned and operated one of North Carolina’s most successful cabinet shops before the Civil War.

Renwick Gallery
Hand-held: Gerhard Pulverer's Japanese Illustrated Books Hand-held: Gerhard Pulverer's Japanese Illustrated Books
April 6, 2013 – August 11, 2013

Learn how illustrated books (ehon) in Edo-period Japan (1615-1868) were similar to blogging and e-publications in the 21st century.

Sackler Gallery
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013
March 23, 2013 – February 23, 2014

The National Portrait Gallery presents 48 finalists' works that were selected from the third triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Portrait Gallery
The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning
March 9, 2013 – April 28, 2013

View the iconic Cyrus cylinder along with objects showcasing innovations of the Achaemenid Empire (550-330 BC) of Iran that had a huge impact on the ancient world.

Sackler Gallery
The National Woman Suffrage Parade, 1913 The National Woman Suffrage Parade, 1913
February 28, 2013 – December 2, 2013

Learn about the impact of the 1913 women's suffrage march in Washington, DC, the first civil rights parade to use the nation's capital as a backdrop.

American History Museum
Out of the Ordinary Out of the Ordinary
February 4, 2013 – May 27, 2013

Discover how the processes of copying, faking, and duplicating as strategic artistic invention can result in objects that are both recognizable and strange.

Hirshhorn Museum
Poetic License: Making Old Words New Poetic License: Making Old Words New
February 2, 2013 – August 4, 2013

Discover how the merchant and artisan classes during the Edo period in Japan reinterpreted classical Japanese and Chinese literary themes.

Freer Gallery
Edo Aviary Edo Aviary
February 2, 2013 – August 4, 2013

See how artists in the Edo period were inspired by natural history paintings to depict birds more accurately.

Freer Gallery
Bound for Freedom's Light: African Americans and the Civil War Bound for Freedom's Light: African Americans and the Civil War
February 1, 2013 – March 2, 2014

Images from the museum's collection are used to explore the roles individual African Americans played during the Civil War.

Portrait Gallery
Pictures in the Parlor Pictures in the Parlor
February 1, 2013 – July 7, 2013

Learn how the introduction of photography in the United States allowed middle-class families to display their values, aspirations, and achievements.

American Art Museum
Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas
February 1, 2013 – April 2, 2014

See objects related to Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas.

American History Museum
Orchids of Latin America Orchids of Latin America
January 26, 2013 – April 21, 2013

Experience a tropical rainforest on a cold winter's day with orchids from Mexico and Central and South America.

Natural History Museum
One Man's Search for Ancient China: The Paul Singer Collection One Man's Search for Ancient China: The Paul Singer Collection
January 19, 2013 – July 7, 2013

Learn how new discoveries shed light on psychiatrist and scholar Paul Singer's collection of Chinese archaeological objects and on ancient life in China.

Sackler Gallery