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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
Recent Acquisitions 2 (1997)
July 11, 1997 – February 10, 1998

On view are paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculpture acquired for the permanent collection.

Portrait Gallery
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
1997 Presidential Scholars in Photography and the Visual Arts
June 26, 1997 – July 20, 1997

View photos, paintings, sculpture, and video art by 6 visual artists and 3 writers from around the country.  

American Art 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
Do-It-Yourself Architecture for the Great Outdoors
June 24, 1997 – October 19, 1997

Visit 10 contemporary commercial tents created for backpackers, mountain climbers, and campers that feature structural and technical ingenuity. 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Jewelry of Tone Vigeland
June 17, 1997 – August 24, 1997

Visit 79 works of Norwegian jeweler Tone Vigeland (b. 1938) in her first retrospective,

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Women and Flight
June 14, 1997 – September 12, 1997

Take in 75 black-and-white photographs of 37 women currently involved in aviation and space exploration by staff photographer Carolyn J. Russo.

Air and Space Museum
Amber: Window to the Past
June 6, 1997 – September 1, 1997

Up to 146 fossil amber specimens and 94 decorative objects bring together the worlds of science and art by exploring the various aspects of amber. 

Natural History Museum
Amber and Insects
June 6, 1997 – September 1, 1997

Natural History Museum
David Hockney's Snails Space: Painting as Performance
June 6, 1997 – September 14, 1997

Watch a painting, illuminated by computerized colored lights, change color and intensity in a 9-minute cycle. 

American Art Museum