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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
Beauty, Honor, and Tradition: The Legacy of Plains Indian Shirts
December 10, 2000 – October 1, 2001

View 50 mid-19th- to early 20th-century beaded, quilled, and painted shirts, which tell the stories of the artistic nature, philosophy, and values of the Plains Indians.

American Indian Museum New York
Simmons Mattress Company
December 7, 2000 – March 28, 2001

Papers and objects related to the Simmons Mattress Company are on view.

American History Museum
Persepolis: Documenting an Ancient Iranian Capital, 1923-1935
December 3, 2000 – May 6, 2001

Witness the visual record of Ernst E. Herzfeld (1879-1948) and the team of architects who excavated Persepolis, one of the ancient capital cities of the Achaemenid Persian Empire (ca. 550-330 B.C.), between 1923-1935.

Sackler Gallery
India through the Lens: Photography 1840-1911
December 3, 2000 – March 25, 2001

Travel the Indian subcontinent presented in 134 photographs shot between 1840 and 1911 during the golden age of early photography.

Sackler Gallery
Chant Avedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt Chant Avedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt
November 19, 2000 – February 19, 2001

See a series of panels begun in 1991 by the preeminent contemporary Egyptian artist Chant Avedissian relating to current and historical Egyptian images, both representational and symbolic.

African Art Museum
Star-Spangled Presidents: Portraits by Liza Lou
November 18, 2000 – February 19, 2001

See black-and-white beaded portraits of each of the presidents presented in gold beaded frames by San Diego contemporary artist Liza Lou.

Renwick Gallery
Listening to the Prairie: Farming in Nature's Image
November 18, 2000 – March 31, 2001

This interactive exhibition on agriculture in the North American prairie explores the human history of the prairies.

Natural History Museum
Directions: Dana Hoey
November 16, 2000 – February 19, 2001

Visit the first solo exhibition of color photographs by New York-based artist Dana Hoey.

Hirshhorn Museum
Meteorites on a Mission
November 16, 2000 – May 10, 2002

This case addresses the NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission.

Natural History Museum
Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts
October 29, 2000 – April 22, 2001

See approximately 75 vessels chosen from 3 groups of Asian ceramics given by Osborne and Gratia Hauge and Victor and Takako Hauge between 1996 and 1998.

Sackler Gallery
Storage Jars of Asia
October 29, 2000 – March 10, 2002

Take in a selection of 24 of the biggest and boldest jars made in East, Southeast, and West Asia between the second millennium B.C. and the 16th century.

Freer Gallery
Wolfgang Laib: A Retrospective
October 26, 2000 – January 22, 2001

Survey the work of German artist Wolfgang Laib (b. 1950) who since the mid-1970s has deepened the Minimalist aesthetic by creating objects from pure organic materials.

Hirshhorn Museum
Nature's Best: Nature Photography
October 25, 2000 – March 1, 2001

The 43 winning photographs from the Nature's Best & CEMEX International Photography Awards as well as other entries from the competition are on view.

Natural History Museum
Buccellati: Art in Gold, Silver and Gems
October 21, 2000 – March 11, 2001

On view are more than 75 one-of-a-kind works by goldsmiths and jewelry designers Mario and Gianmaria Buccellati of Milan, Italy.

Natural History Museum