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Constructing Identities: Recent Works by Jananne al-Ani
November 21, 1999 – February 28, 2000

On view are two pairs of large-format photographs and a related video by contemporary artist Jananne al-Ani that address Orientalism, and in particular the representation of women.

Sackler Gallery
"Make the Dirt Fly!": Building the Panama Canal
November 20, 1999 – January 22, 2001

This exhibition explores the background, planning, and construction of the Panama Canal, focusing on 19th- and early 20th-century activities and concluding with events in 1915 marking the opening of the Canal. 

American History Museum
Birthday Tribute to Jacob Kainen
November 19, 1999 – January 3, 2000

See 7 paintings by local artist Jacob Kainen (b. 1909).

American Art Museum
Selections from the Washington Color School
November 19, 1999 – January 3, 2000

Admire 15 paintings from the Washington Color School, a group of local artists who painted bands of color and stained pigment into unprimed canvas to give greater impact to color and abstract form.

American Art Museum
Panama's Canal: Dawn of a New Era
November 19, 1999 – March 19, 2000

This exhibition focuses on the final two decades of U.S. control of the Canal, from the signing of the Canal Treaty in 1977 to the turnover of the Canal to Panama on Dec. 31, 1999.  

American History Museum
Directions: Shahzia Sikander
November 18, 1999 – February 23, 2000

Sikander creates luminous, vividly detailed, often autobiographical images of figures, creatures, and landscape elements that update the Asian miniature tradition.

Hirshhorn Museum
On Time On Time
November 18, 1999 – July 9, 2006

The changing ways Americans have measured, used and thought about time during the past 300 years is told through some 200 clocks, watches, and objects.

American History Museum
Imaging the Word: Selections of Calligraphy from the Islamic World
November 17, 1999 – May 7, 2000

Visit an exhibition highlighting recent acquisitions, composed of 30 examples of kufic or angular script and folios copied in the six different cursive scripts, including contemporary examples.

Sackler Gallery
Missing You: Last Letters from World War II
November 11, 1999 – April 30, 2000

Opening on Veterans Day, this exhibition features the last letters written by six members of the U.S. armed forces during World War II.

Postal Museum
November 10, 1999 – January 2, 2005

This exhibition explains the purpose and goals of the museum's Digital Image Laboratory and demonstrates the process of digitizing its holdings. 

American History Museum
Documentary Photographs from the Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereographic Collection
November 4, 1999 – November 30, 1999

This exhibition case features objects from the Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereographic Collection and works by such photographers as Addison Scurlock, Paola Ferrario, Maria von Matthiessen, and Gordon Smith.  

American History Museum
Exhibiting George Washington
October 30, 1999 – May 21, 2000

This showcase marks the bicentennial of the death of George Washington on December 14, 1799, and discusses the use and display of the museum's Washington collections since they first came to the Smithsonian Institution in 1883. 

American History Museum
Tete a Tete: Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson Tete a Tete: Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson
October 29, 1999 – January 9, 2000

Best known as the photographer who first captured the "decisive moment" on film in the 1930s, Henri Cartier-Bresson has been making portraits throughout his career as an artist and photojournalist. In 1997, on the eve of his 90th birthday, he created an exhibition (and a book with the same name), on his work covering five decades.

Portrait Gallery
Two Views of Venice: Canaletto and Menpes
October 26, 1999 – December 19, 1999

View 46 prints by the artists Canaletto and Mortimer Menpes, that offer intimate and personal views of Venice and its surroundings as well as virtuoso technique and innovation in printmaking.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Galapagos: A Living Laboratory
October 23, 1999 – November 13, 2000

This research case features specimens of new species and information on how the movie Galapagos was made, along with an explanation of why the Galapagos Islands are important and information on the work of Smithsonian scientists who are featured in the film. 

Natural History Museum
Edward Hopper: The Watercolors
October 22, 1999 – January 3, 2000

View 56 rarely seen watercolors by Edward Hopper, made between 1923 and the mid-40s.

American Art Museum
History in a Vacuum
October 16, 1999 – April 16, 2000

This showcase traces the history and changing practices of cleaning carpets and floors, from carpet beaters to brooms to sophisticated vacuum cleaners.  

American History Museum
Rural Routes: Folk Art Mailboxes of America: 1999
October 8, 1999 – April 13, 2000

Photographs of the top 5 finalists in the nationwide 1999 Folk Art Mailbox contest are on view.

Postal Museum
Regarding Beauty: A View of the Late Twentieth Century
October 7, 1999 – January 17, 2000

Examine how late 20th-century artists perceive beauty through some 88 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, and mixed-media works.

Hirshhorn Museum
Sporting Invention
October 6, 1999 – December 6, 2001

Objects include the skis and tennis rackets invented by Howard Head and an accessible snowboard for the disabled, currently under development by student inventors at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.  

American History Museum

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