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Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets
October 12, 2012 – April 28, 2013

Learn about the contribution of poetry in American literature through portraits of and quotations by such poets as Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, and Allen Ginsberg.

Portrait Gallery
Ai Weiwei: According to What? Ai Weiwei: According to What?
October 7, 2012 – February 24, 2013

This major solo exhibition of works by Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei introduces viewers to his broad spectrum of artistic practice.

Hirshhorn Museum
Arctic Journeys/Ancient Memories: The Sculpture of Abraham Anghik Ruben Arctic Journeys/Ancient Memories: The Sculpture of Abraham Anghik Ruben
October 5, 2012 – January 2, 2013

View Abraham Anghik Ruben's sculptures as they give new life and expression to the myths and legends of ancient northern cultures of the North American Arctic.

American Indian Museum
Celia Cruz Portrait by Robert Weingarten Celia Cruz Portrait by Robert Weingarten
October 3, 2012 – October 30, 2012

See a composite "portrait" of  legendary singer Celia Cruz (1924-2003) made up of images of objects in the museum's collection that represent her.

American History Museum
Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias
September 27, 2012 – May 12, 2013

Learn about the life and times of Clotilde Arias, who in 1946 was commissioned by the US State Department to compose an official Spanish-language translation of the national anthem.

American History Museum
Sustaining/Creating: A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25 Sustaining/Creating: A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25
September 11, 2012 – January 13, 2013

See how emerging artists with disabilities illustrate their innovative viewpoints on sustainability and contemporary creativity. 

Ripley Center
Neil Armstrong's Visor and Gloves
September 5, 2012 – September 12, 2012

See the visor and gloves astronaut Neil Armstrong wore when he walked on the moon. 

Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
Whistler's Neighborhood: Impressions of a Changing London Whistler's Neighborhood: Impressions of a Changing London
September 3, 2012 – September 3, 2013

See how the Chelsea neighborhood of London rapidly changed in the 1880s through the eyes of artist James McNeill Whistler.

Freer Gallery
Enlightened Beings: Buddhism in Chinese Painting Enlightened Beings: Buddhism in Chinese Painting
September 1, 2012 – February 24, 2013

Learn about four main categories of enlightened being in Buddhism through 27 works dating from the Song to Qing dynasties.

Freer Gallery
In Memoriam: Neil Armstrong
August 30, 2012 – November 4, 2012

See a portraits of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.

Portrait Gallery
Shadow Sites: Recent Work by Jananne al-Ani Shadow Sites: Recent Work by Jananne al-Ani
August 25, 2012 – February 10, 2013

Inspired by archival archaeological and aerial photographs, as well as contemporary news reportage, al-Ani has created a new body of video works that examines enduring representations of the Middle Eastern landscape.

Sackler Gallery
Julia Child’s Kitchen Julia Child’s Kitchen
August 15, 2012 – November 19, 2012

See Julia Child's kitchen, which contains hundreds of tools, appliances, and furnishings arranged exactly as they were when she donated the kitchen to the museum in 2001.

American History Museum
Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan
August 11, 2012 – December 2, 2012

Devoted entirely to the nomadic culture of ancient Kazakhstan, this landmark exhibition dispels the notion that nomadic societies are less developed than sedentary ones through more than 150 objects, many never before shown in the United States.

Sackler Gallery
Decorated Musical Instruments Decorated Musical Instruments
August 9, 2012 – October 21, 2012

See decorated musical instruments from the museum's collection.

American History Museum
Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture
August 4, 2012 – August 11, 2013

This banner exhibition highlights Native people who have been active participants in contemporary music for nearly a century.

American Indian Museum New York
In Memoriam: Gore Vidal In Memoriam: Gore Vidal
August 3, 2012 – August 29, 2012

See a portrait of author Gore Vidal (1925-2012). 

Portrait Gallery
Experience Civil War Photography: From the Home Front to the Battlefront Experience Civil War Photography: From the Home Front to the Battlefront
August 1, 2012 – July 7, 2013

See stereo-view (3-D) photographs from the Civil War to learn how Americans experienced the conflict.

Smithsonian Castle
Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran
July 28, 2012 – September 16, 2012

See 50 of the finest folios and paintings from the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery collections, which form one of the world's most important repositories of Mughal and Persian paintings.

Sackler Gallery
Landsat: Four Decades of Earth Observation Landsat: Four Decades of Earth Observation
July 23, 2012 – August 20, 2012

Learn how the Landsat satellite series has monitored changes on the Earth's surface since 1972.

Air and Space Museum
40 under 40: Craft Futures 40 under 40: Craft Futures
July 20, 2012 – February 3, 2013

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, the museum presents works by 40 artists under the age of 40.

Renwick Gallery