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Nature's Best 2004 Photography Awards
January 6, 2005 – April 24, 2005

Visit approximately 20-30 winning photographs from the 2004 Nature's Best International Photography Awards. The awards honor the best amateur and professional photographers from around the world.

Natural History Museum
On the Road
December 23, 2004 – July 13, 2007

Learn about the history of city mail delivery vehicles from the first tests in 1899 to the present.

Postal Museum
Black & White: Chinese Ceramics from the 10th-14th Centuries
December 18, 2004 – August 1, 2010

Delight in the variety of glossy black-glazed wares, brilliant white porcelains, and eye-catching combinations of both colors on single vessels created during the Song and Yuan dynasties.

Freer Gallery
East and West: Trading Designs -- The Decorative Arts of China, Japan, Europe, and the United States in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
December 17, 2004 – March 13, 2005

Explore the intersecting influence of Eastern and Western cultures in the decorative arts of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
In the Russian Tradition: A Historic Collection of 20th-Century Russian Paintings
December 15, 2004 – April 10, 2005

View approximately 50 paintings by 45 Russian artists that explore the diversity of Russian art over the last 100 years. This is the most comprehensive exhibition of Russian paintings in America since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Ripley Center
History in the News: Collecting September 11: Windows on the World
December 8, 2004 – June 9, 2004

Objects on view include recently acquired artifacts from Windows on the World, a restaurant on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center's north tower.

American History Museum
Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade, and Innovation
December 4, 2004 – July 17, 2005

See approximately 60 objects that focus on revolutionary and enduring changes that took place in Iraqi ceramics during the 9th century as Islamic pottery responded to a wave of luxury Chinese goods.

Sackler Gallery
The Orchid Express
December 4, 2004 – May 1, 2005

Discover the transformation of these beautiful plants from the wild to how they were transported, cultivated, hybridized, propagated, and finally mass marketed to a delighted audience of plant lovers.  

Natural History Museum
Holiday Display: Gingerbread Rendering of the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building
December 2, 2004 – January 5, 2005

See an artistic rendering of the Arts & Industries Building -- created entirely of gingerbread, sugar paste, herbs, grains, and hand-carved chocolate figures -- made by artist Jan Curry.

Smithsonian Castle
The Aurora Butterfly of Peace
November 23, 2004 – July 25, 2005

See 240 natural colored diamonds -- one of the most comprehensive collections of natural colored diamonds in the world -- loosely arranged to form the shape of a butterfly. 

Natural History Museum
Geoffrey Beene Dress
November 22, 2004 – September 4, 2006

See a sequined football jersey dress designed in 1967 by Geoffrey Beene.

American History Museum
November 17, 2004 – August 15, 2005

View a changing exhibition that commemorates the museum's 25th anniversary by interweaving masterpieces from the museum's collection with artworks from public and private collections.

African Art Museum
America's Band Traditions: March, Swing, Stomp, and Fiddle Your Partner
November 17, 2004 – December 27, 2004

These cases highlight the diverse music collections in the Archives Center and celebrate music in America with a special sesquicentennial celebration of the birth of John Phillip Sousa.

American History Museum
Dream Worlds: Modern Japanese Prints and Paintings from the Robert O. Muller Collection
November 6, 2004 – January 2, 2005

View approximately 160 Japanese woodblock prints from the 1860s through the 1940s bequeathed to the museum by Robert O. Muller (1911-2003).

Sackler Gallery
Perspectives: Cai Guo-Qiang: Traveler: Reflection
October 30, 2004 – July 31, 2005

See how Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang explores past and present artistic expression driven by contact between cultures and peoples.

Sackler Gallery
Directions: Cai Guo-Qiang: Traveler
October 30, 2004 – April 24, 2005

Unlucky Year: Unrealized Projects from 2003-2004 is a series of drawings created by igniting gunpowder on paper, highlighting Cai's interest in using a seemingly destructive material as a tool for creation.

Hirshhorn Museum
Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas
October 16, 2004 – January 3, 2016

This exhibition showcases the extraordinary range of South Asian and Himalayan art.

Freer Gallery
Carmen Lucia Ruby
October 16, 2004 – November 20, 2006

See the 23.1-carat Carmen Lucia ruby, one of the largest faceted Burmese rubies known to exist.

Natural History Museum
Ana Mendieta: Earth Body, Sculpture and Performance 1972-1985
October 14, 2004 – January 2, 2005

Survey the work of Mendieta (1948 - 1985), celebrated for using her body to explore issues of gender and identity and engaging in an artistic practice that combined elements of conceptual, performance, and land art. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Generous Friends: Building an Art Collection for the National Air and Space Museum
October 8, 2004 – August 25, 2006

Discover 72 artworks that provide a visual history of the people and events associated with the development of powered flight and space exploration.

Air and Space Museum

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