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Advertising in Black and White: The Caroline Robinson Jones Collection, 1942-1996
October 6, 1997 – November 5, 1997

American History Museum
A Far Distant Land: Letters from the Mexican War
October 5, 1997 – May 4, 1998

Letters from Lt. William McKean to his family in Arkansas describe his experiences in the Mexican War (1847-1848).

Postal Museum
Colonial Art from Puerto Rico: Selections from the Gift of Teodoro Vidal
October 3, 1997 – March 8, 1998

26 paintings, portrait miniatures, and santos, dating from the late 17th to early 20th centuries, are on view.

American Art Museum
Design for Life: A Centennial Celebration
September 30, 1997 – January 4, 1998

See some 200 objects that examine how design shapes society, spanning 3,000 years of the products and processes of design from the museum's collections.  

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Edith Wharton's World: Portraits of People and Places Edith Wharton's World: Portraits of People and Places
September 26, 1997 – January 25, 1998

Some 100 paintings, miniatures, manuscripts, and memorabilia evoke the life and milieu of novelist Edith Wharton.

Portrait Gallery
Mathew Brady's Portraits: Images as History, Photography as Art Mathew Brady's Portraits: Images as History, Photography as Art
September 26, 1997 – January 4, 1998

Some 100 photographs survey the work of 19th-century American photographer Mathew Brady.

Portrait Gallery
The Paintings of Charles Burchfield
September 26, 1997 – January 25, 1998

American Art Museum
Japanese Art of the Meiji Era (1868-1912)
September 20, 1997 – April 26, 1998

Visit 52 works--paintings, drawings, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, and cloisonne--from the Meiji Era (1868-1912) in Japan.

Freer Gallery
Gifts to the National Collection of African Art
September 16, 1997 – January 4, 1998

See the 10th-anniversary exhibition features newly acquired classical African art from the 19th and 20th centuries, honoring the collection-building legacy of Sylvia H. Williams, who was the museum's director from 1983-1996.

African Art Museum
Michael Lucero: Sculpture
September 12, 1997 – January 4, 1998

View 48 eclectic works in clay, bronze, and mixed-media—created between 1976 and 1995— that rework European, Native American, Afro-Carolinian, and ancient Mayan forms. 

Renwick Gallery
Caribbean Visions: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture
August 15, 1997 – October 4, 1997

See some 100 works by 56 painters and sculptors that illustrate creativity in the Caribbean region during the past 50 years.

A&I
Art for Art's Sake
August 7, 1997 – January 21, 2008

Take in 31 works by Whistler, Tryon, Dewing, Thayer, and ceramicist Mary Chase Perry Stratton.

Freer Gallery
Shades of Green and Blue: Chinese Celadon Ceramics
August 2, 1997 – September 7, 2004

See 44 Chinese ceramics that illustrate the development of the gray-green glaze known in the West as celadon. 

Freer Gallery
Directions: Louise Lawler "Monochrome"
July 17, 1997 – October 19, 1997

13 photos by this New York-based conceptual artist feature images that are meditations on a single color. 

Hirshhorn Museum
The Krispy Kreme Donut Co. papers
July 17, 1997 – October 5, 1997

American History Museum
Winners of the 1997-1998 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest
July 11, 1997 – July 30, 1997

The 50 state winners of the 1997-1998 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest are on view.

Postal Museum
The Seven Thrones of Jami: A Princely Manuscript from Iran
June 28, 1997 – March 29, 1998

See 28 illustrations from the Persian mystical poem Haft Awrang (Seven Thrones)

Freer Gallery
Blast from the Past Blast from the Past
June 27, 1997 – April 2010

This showcase features a 11.5-meter tubular core sample that shows physical and biological effects of Earth's collision with a giant asteroid 65 million years ago, which resulted in the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Natural History Museum
The First Federal Postage Stamp Issue
June 27, 1997 – January 12, 1998

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first U.S. postage stamps, on view are the 5-cent and 10-cent federal stamps, original documents, covers from the stamps' early history, and die proofs.

Postal Museum
Treasures from Tervuren: Selections from the Belgian Royal Museum for Central Africa
June 25, 1997 – October 19, 1997

See 125 objects from the world's greatest collection of central African art.

African Art Museum