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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
A Century Ago... A Century Ago..."They Came as Sovereign Leaders"
January 15, 2013 – February 25, 2013

See photographs of six great Native chiefs who participated in President Theodore Roosevelt's 1905 inaugural parade.

American Indian Museum
Portraits of President Barack Obama Portraits of President Barack Obama
January 15, 2013 – February 25, 2013

See two tapestry portraits of President Barack Obama by Chuck Close.

Portrait Gallery
A Day at the Museum A Day at the Museum
January 14, 2013 – June 2, 2013

Learn about the role of museums in the everyday lives of American artists.

Archives of American Art
Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963 Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963
December 14, 2012 – September 7, 2014

Learn how two events 100 years apart changed the course of the nation in this exhibition featuring such items as Abraham Lincoln's top hat, Harriet Tubman's shawl, and photographs of the March on Washington.

American History Museum
Nam June Paik: Global Visionary Nam June Paik: Global Visionary
December 13, 2012 – August 11, 2013

This exhibition offers an unprecedented view into artist Nam June Paik's creative method.

American Art Museum
Inside Insights: Photographs by the Smithsonian Community Inside Insights: Photographs by the Smithsonian Community
December 10, 2012 – September 22, 2013

Winning entries from the 2012 Smithsonian Staff Photo Contest offer a deeper understanding of the Smithsonian and its talented staff.

Ripley Center
C.Maxx Stevens: House of Memory C.Maxx Stevens: House of Memory
December 1, 2012 – June 16, 2013

See how this contemporary artist addresses memory through cultural and personal symbols.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang
December 1, 2012 – December 9, 2012

Colorful murals in a Chinese Buddhist cave temple of Dunhuang come alive with floating figures, performing musicians, and Buddhist sculpture in this hyper-real tour of one of the world's important treasures.

Sackler Gallery
Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
November 17, 2012 – February 24, 2013

The first U.S. venue of this unprecedented exhibition reveals the unknown past of the Arabian Peninsula with newly discovered artifacts from ancient trade routes stretching from Yemen in the south to Iraq and Syria in the north.

Sackler Gallery
The Civil War and American Art The Civil War and American Art
November 16, 2012 – April 28, 2013

Some of the finest artwork produced during the Civil War and its aftermath illustrate the influence of this period in history on the visual arts in America.

American Art Museum
Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge
November 16, 2012 – August 18, 2013

Explore the boundaries that once defined drawing and portraiture through the works of artists Mequitta Ahuja, Mary Borgman, Adam Chapman, Ben Durham, Till Freiwald, and Rob Matthews.

Portrait Gallery
Recent Acquisitions Recent Acquisitions
November 9, 2012 – October 27, 2013

See works recently aquired by the museum.

Portrait Gallery
Black Box: DEMOCRACIA Black Box: DEMOCRACIA
October 29, 2012 – August 4, 2013

View DEMOCRACIA's video project Ser y Durar [To Be and to Last] about a group of traceurs performing parkour in a Madrid cemetery.

Hirshhorn Museum
Julie Buffalohead: Let the Show Begin Julie Buffalohead: Let the Show Begin
October 20, 2012 – April 28, 2013

See how contemporary artist Julie Buffalohead (Ponca) addresses parenting and identity using the iconography of childhood.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Inuit Art, Culture, and Environment Inuit Art, Culture, and Environment
October 19, 2012 – December 2, 2012

See drawings, prints, tapestries, and photographs that depict the environment and culture of the Inuit.

Ripley Center