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The Graceful Envelope: 1999
May 1, 1999 – October 31, 1999

These 75 hand-crafted envelopes were selected from those submitted by professional calligraphers from around the world for the museum's 5th annual Graceful Envelope contest.

Postal Museum
Hans Namuth: Portraits
April 30, 1999 – September 6, 1999

View over 75 b&w and color portraits of major American figures by this German-born photographer (1915-1990).

Portrait Gallery
Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People
April 30, 1999 – January 2, 2000

Take an in-depth look at the 10,000-year-old culture of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, revealed through some 200 objects and artworks.

Natural History Museum
Mule Train: A Journey of Hope Remembered
April 29, 1999 – July 18, 1999

This photo exhibition documents the passion and the pride revealed during the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1968.

The Huguenot Legacy: English Silver, 1680-1760, from the Alan and Simone Hartman Collection
April 27, 1999 – August 8, 1999

View more than 100 examples of works by French Huguenot silversmiths, who fled France to escape religious persecution.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Duke Ellington, Renaissance Man: "Edward, You Are Blessed"
April 27, 1999 – May 31, 1999

American History Museum
Duke Ellington and the Smithsonian
April 27, 1999 – November 18, 1999

American History Museum
Duke Ellington: Photographed by Herman Leonard and William Claxton
April 27, 1999 – March 30, 2003

American History Museum
Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art
April 23, 1999 – September 6, 1999

Take a look at the life and work of this "soul painter."

American Art Museum
Franklin and His Friends: Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth-Century America Franklin and His Friends: Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth-Century America
April 16, 1999 – September 6, 1999

See portraits of Benjamin Franklin and his friend, men who shared a passion for science.

Portrait Gallery
Faces of Friendship: The Art-World Circle of Joseph and Olga Hirshhorn in Documentary Photographs
April 7, 1999 – May 9, 1999

See photographs of artists who were friends of museum founder, Joseph Hirshhorn.

Hirshhorn Museum
Selections from the Japanese Collection
April 4, 1999 – November 28, 1999

See 35 works of Japanese art--painting, calligraphy, ceramics, and mixed media--many of which have never been exhibited before and are recent acquisitions.

Freer Gallery
The Tea Ceremony in Japan
April 4, 1999 – June 2, 2000

Explore the basic procedures of the Japanese Tea ceremony, focusing on the range of objects used in typical gatherings for both thick tea (koicha) and thin tea (usucha).

Freer Gallery
Picturing Old New England: Image and Memory
April 2, 1999 – August 22, 1999

Observe some 173 paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs of New England produced between 1865-1945.

American Art Museum
Devi: The Great Goddess Devi: The Great Goddess
March 28, 1999 – September 6, 1999

See Devi (The Great Female Goddess of India) presented in approximately 120 works—paintings and sculptures in bronze, stone, and terra-cotta—ranging over a period of 2,000 years.

Sackler Gallery
Sokari Douglas Camp: Church Ede, A Tribute to Her Father
March 21, 1999 – June 20, 1999

View an exhibition that showcases the work of Nigerian artist Sokari Douglas Camp (b. 1958). The artist has created figurative works in steel that evoke memories of her youth in southeastern Nigeria.

African Art Museum
Shaker: Furnishings for the Simple Life
March 19, 1999 – July 25, 1999

Learn about the decorative arts, furniture, and tools designed, made, and used by members of a Shaker community in Mount Lebanon, NY.

Renwick Gallery
Dominic Di Mare: A Retrospective
March 19, 1999 – July 25, 1999

Visit a 30-year retrospective of weavings, handmade paper, wall pieces, and sculptures of this San Francisco Bay-area artist.

Renwick Gallery
Down with the FRAUDS: Taxation as Consumer Protection
March 12, 1999 – September 10, 1999

Learn how revenue stamps identified imitation food products and paid for enforcement of new consumer laws starting in the 1870s.

Postal Museum
The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement
February 27, 1999 – September 19, 1999

Concern about feathers for fashion adornment led to a campaign to preserve the nation's wildlife.

American History Museum