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The Graceful Envelope: 2000
May 5, 2000 – April 15, 2001

Calligraphers from around the world submitted hand-crafted envelopes for the museum's 6th annual Graceful Envelope contest. These 75 were selected to go on view.

Postal Museum
Vanishing Pollinators
May 5, 2000 – April 25, 2001

View 34 color photographs by biologist and photographer Carll Goodpasture that are used to explore the biological process of pollination.

National Zoo
Music in the Age of Confucius
April 30, 2000 – September 17, 2000

Marvel at one of the two largest sets of graduated bronze bells, approximately 2500 years old, as well as instruments from the world's oldest musical ensemble, all found in the Bronze Age tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng (d. ca. 433 B.C.) in China.

Sackler Gallery
Brushing the Past: Later Chinese Calligraphy from the Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
April 30, 2000 – January 2, 2001

See an exhibition illustrating the evolution of Chinese calligraphy over 3,500 years.

Freer Gallery
Looping the Loop: Posters of Early Flight
April 29, 2000 – July 9, 2000

To honor the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' great accomplishment, more than 30 posters chronicle modern aviation from its earliest inception of balloons and dirigibles to mono- and biplanes.

Air and Space Museum
Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
April 29, 2000 – August 13, 2000

Natural History Museum
Duke Ellington: The Spirit of Music
April 25, 2000 – May 29, 2000

American History Museum
Dali's Optical Illusions
April 19, 2000 – June 18, 2000

Contemplate 60 paintings and drawings created from the early 1920s to the 1970s by the Spanish artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) that focus specifically on his exploration of optics and perception.

Hirshhorn Museum
Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
April 12, 2000 – June 1, 2003

This exhibition reviews the early history of submarines and their radical transformation after World War II.

American History Museum
Reservation X: The Power of Place
April 9, 2000 – August 20, 2000

View installation pieces by seven native artists from across Canada and the United States that express the complex connections between community and identity.

American Indian Museum New York
In Search of Giant Squid In Search of Giant Squid
April 1, 2000 – May 6, 2005

Two preserved giant squids are on view. The rare Taningia danae is often referred to as the world's largest flasher because of its ability to flash brilliant blue-green light in the ocean depths. Architeuthis dux, displayed in the museum since 1983, is the world's largest invertebrate.

Natural History Museum
The Renwick Invitational: Five Women in Craft
March 31, 2000 – August 20, 2000

Examine the work of five women artists from diverse regions and backgrounds, showcasing their works in porcelain, basketry, and metal.

Renwick Gallery
The Art of John Cederquist: Reality of Illusion
March 31, 2000 – August 20, 2000

Enjoy 13 playful trompe l'oeil sculptures by the contemporary studio furniture maker.

Renwick Gallery
Highlights from the Archives Center's Collections
March 31, 2000 – July 10, 2000

American History Museum
R.G. Smith: The "Old Master" of the Sky
March 24, 2000 – September 5, 2000

Admire 25 artworks by Robert Grant "R.G." Smith, regarded by many as the American master painter of the history of flight.

Air and Space Museum
Census 2000: Counting America 1790-2000
March 23, 2000 – July 17, 2000

American History Museum
Directions: Leonardo Drew
March 16, 2000 – June 20, 2000

View a new work for the Directions Gallery created by Leonardo Drew who first gained critical attention in the early 90s for his large, wall-mounted sculptures made from distressed materials.

Hirshhorn Museum
The Artistry of African Currency
March 12, 2000 – July 23, 2000

View an exhibition that features various objects and related paraphernalia that have been used across Africa to facilitate trade and measure wealth.

African Art Museum
South Asian Sculpture
March 12, 2000 – September 7, 2003

Admire 19 examples of sculpture--including spectacular examples of gold jewelry--created to embellish sacred spaces in southern Asia.

Freer Gallery
Piano 300: Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos Piano 300: Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos
March 9, 2000 – October 21, 2001

Celebrate the birth of the piano and its three hundred years of influence with this exhibition of historical instruments and memorabilia.

Ripley Center