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Directions: Tim Hawkinson
March 15, 2001 – July 1, 2001

Los Angeles-based artist Tim Hawkinson uses castoff materials, deadpan humor, kitsch imagery and quirky mechanics to create constructions and drawings that are subtle meditations on human nature and the passage of time.

Hirshhorn Museum
USA Clay
March 9, 2001 – July 15, 2001

Visit some 80 pieces of ceramics--ranging from functional wares to conceptual sculptures and from folk art to works that emphasize particular firing techniques. 

Renwick Gallery
Columbus' Voyage of Discovery: The Columbian Series of 1893
March 8, 2001 – May 6, 2002

See the first large-format commemorative stamps issued in the United States: the 1893 Columbian issues.

Postal Museum
Workers at the White House
March 5, 2001 – May 2001

See 10 photo-and-text panels present workers at the White House.

A&I
Gifts of Pride and Love: Kiowa and Comanche Cradles
March 4, 2001 – May 27, 2001

See historic Kiowa and Comanche lattice cradleboards, which are among the most beautiful expressions of Plains Indian bead design of the late 19th and early 20th century.  Two new cradles were also created for this exhibition.

American Indian Museum New York
Newborn Ancestors: The Art and Articles of Plains Indian Children
March 4, 2001 – May 27, 2001

See cradleboards, clothing, and games offer insights into traditions that nurture the lives of Native children from the Great Plains.

American Indian Museum New York
Real and Imagined Places in Japanese Art
March 4, 2001 – October 21, 2001

Visit 29 Japanese paintings, ceramics, and lacquer works that present various views of real and imagined places.

Freer Gallery
Dinner for Five: Japanese Serving Dishes for Elegant Meals
March 4, 2001 – October 21, 2001

View ceramic dishes used for "kaiseki," a light meal that originated in the Japanese tea ceremony but later also flourished in the context of stylish restaurants. 

Freer Gallery
William Kentridge
February 28, 2001 – May 13, 2001

This exhibition features 13 animated short films and some 60 related figure drawings created since the late 1980s by South African artist William Kentridge.

Hirshhorn Museum
Contemporary Art from India
February 14, 2001 – October 24, 2001

Juxtaposing modern with folk and tribal art, see five bold contemporary canvases by Indian artists and three large terra-cotta figures--a warrior, a horse, and a bull--sculpted by village craftsmen.

Sackler Gallery
Manifestations of the Spirit: Photographs of Afro-Brazilian Religion by Phyllis Galembo
February 2, 2001 – January 1, 2002

These 16 photographs show the immediacy and vitality of practitioners of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomble, as well as the visual continuity of practices, symbols, and ideas between Africa and Brazil.

Natural History Museum
Indian Peace Medals from the Schermer Collection, National Portrait Gallery
January 26, 2001 – June 4, 2001

View 19 peace medals presented by the U.S. government to Indian tribal leaders between 1793 and 1881 to secure treaties and cement political loyalties.  Also see  a complete 3-volume set of The History of Indian Tribes of North America by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall, one of the 19th century's most important works on the American Indian.

Smithsonian Castle
Chinese Arts of the Brush, 17th-18th Century
January 21, 2001 – July 22, 2001

See 16 Chinese landscape paintings from the mid-17th to mid-18th century that reflect the century long development in four major art centers after the Manchus took over China in 1644.

Freer Gallery
Presidential Mail: On Official Business
January 19, 2001 – March 26, 2001

"Franked" envelopes carry signatures of presidents from Jefferson to Carter. 

Postal Museum
The Smithsonian at the Turn of the (20th) Century
January 11, 2001 – April 18, 2001

Explore the Smithsonian Institution in 1900 when it consisted of the SI Building, the United States National Museum (now the Arts & Industries Building), the National Zoological Park, and the International Exchange Service.

A&I
Encounters with the Contemporary Encounters with the Contemporary
January 7, 2001 – January 6, 2002

See an exhibition of works by 32 African modernist pioneers selected from the growing permanent collection of contemporary and modern works of art.

African Art Museum
Explore the Universe Preview
December 22, 2000 – April 1, 2001

See the backup mirror for the Hubble Space Telescope and illustrations depicting the future exhibition Explore the Universe, which is scheduled to open September 2001.

Air and Space Museum
Changing Taste: Indian Paintings of the 18th to the 20th Century
December 17, 2000 – July 15, 2001

Visit a selection of recently acquired works on paper and cloth created during a phase when traditional art overlapped with the golden age of photography.

Sackler Gallery
Whistler and the Thames
December 17, 2000 – June 17, 2001

Visit a collection of etchings, lithographs, and litho tints, as well as an oil painting and one pastel drawing of London's Thames River by American artist James McNeill Whistler.

Freer Gallery
When the Spirit Moves: African American Dance in History and Art
December 14, 2000 – June 1, 2001

See more than 300 paintings, photographs, sculpture, and archival objects -- some dating to the early 1600s -- used to trace African American dance from its roots in west and central Africa through the 20th century.

A&I