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The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, Nigeria The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, Nigeria
October 22, 1997 – April 26, 1998

View 64 paintings, drawings, prints, wood sculptures, & mixed-media works, dating from the 1960s to the present, by 7 Nigerian artists who studied or taught in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

African Art Museum
Contemporary Korean Ceramics
October 22, 1997 – January 22, 1999

On view are 33 contemporary works inspired by centuries-old ceramic traditions; from mixing clay and preparing glazes to ritual offerings of food and wine at wood-fired kilns.

Natural History Museum
To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions
October 19, 1997 – January 4, 1998

See 40 quilts that demonstrate the cultural and economic significance of quiltmaking in tribal communities.

American Indian Museum New York
More American Stamps
October 12, 1997 – May 25, 2000

On view are most American stamp issues.

Postal Museum
Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions
October 11, 1997 – December 7, 1997

Photographs, text, and objects trace the history of African American music from its roots in slavery and worship practices.

American History Museum
Stanley Spencer: An English Vision
October 9, 1997 – January 11, 1998

Some 60 landscapes, nudes, genre prints, portraits, allegories, and social narratives by this British artist span his career from 1914 to the 1950s.

Hirshhorn Museum
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

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

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, Smithsonian 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

See some 85 watercolors by Charles E. Burchfield that re-examine the artist and his work in the context of his culture and artistic environment.

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

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

Hirshhorn Museum