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Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color
April 12, 2013 – July 28, 2013

See furniture and images of architectural woodwork produced by Thomas Day (1801-about 1861), a free African American who owned and operated one of North Carolina’s most successful cabinet shops before the Civil War.

Renwick Gallery
Hand-held: Gerhard Pulverer's Japanese Illustrated Books Hand-held: Gerhard Pulverer's Japanese Illustrated Books
April 6, 2013 – August 11, 2013

Learn how illustrated books (ehon) in Edo-period Japan (1615-1868) were similar to blogging and e-publications in the 21st century.

Sackler Gallery
Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed
March 29, 2013 – February 15, 2015

Treasures from the museum's collection of Central American ceramics shed new light on the exchange of dynamic ideas about art, culture, politics, and technology within the region’s largely unknown civilizations.

American Indian Museum
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013
March 23, 2013 – February 23, 2014

The National Portrait Gallery presents 48 finalists' works that were selected from the third triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Portrait Gallery
The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning
March 9, 2013 – April 28, 2013

View the iconic Cyrus cylinder along with objects showcasing innovations of the Achaemenid Empire (550-330 BC) of Iran that had a huge impact on the ancient world.

Sackler Gallery
The National Woman Suffrage Parade, 1913 The National Woman Suffrage Parade, 1913
February 28, 2013 – December 2, 2013

Learn about the impact of the 1913 women's suffrage march in Washington, DC, the first civil rights parade to use the nation's capital as a backdrop.

American History Museum
Out of the Ordinary Out of the Ordinary
February 4, 2013 – May 27, 2013

Discover how the processes of copying, faking, and duplicating as strategic artistic invention can result in objects that are both recognizable and strange.

Hirshhorn Museum
Poetic License: Making Old Words New Poetic License: Making Old Words New
February 2, 2013 – August 4, 2013

Discover how the merchant and artisan classes during the Edo period in Japan reinterpreted classical Japanese and Chinese literary themes.

Freer Gallery
Edo Aviary Edo Aviary
February 2, 2013 – August 4, 2013

See how artists in the Edo period were inspired by natural history paintings to depict birds more accurately.

Freer Gallery
Bound for Freedom's Light: African Americans and the Civil War Bound for Freedom's Light: African Americans and the Civil War
February 1, 2013 – March 2, 2014

Images from the museum's collection are used to explore the roles individual African Americans played during the Civil War.

Portrait Gallery
Pictures in the Parlor Pictures in the Parlor
February 1, 2013 – July 7, 2013

Learn how the introduction of photography in the United States allowed middle-class families to display their values, aspirations, and achievements.

American Art Museum
Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas
February 1, 2013 – April 2, 2014

See objects related to Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas.

American History Museum
Orchids of Latin America Orchids of Latin America
January 26, 2013 – April 21, 2013

Experience a tropical rainforest on a cold winter's day with orchids from Mexico and Central and South America.

Natural History Museum
One Man's Search for Ancient China: The Paul Singer Collection One Man's Search for Ancient China: The Paul Singer Collection
January 19, 2013 – July 7, 2013

Learn how new discoveries shed light on psychiatrist and scholar Paul Singer's collection of Chinese archaeological objects and on ancient life in China.

Sackler Gallery
A Century Ago... A Century Ago..."They Came as Sovereign Leaders"
January 15, 2013 – February 25, 2013

See photographs of six great Native chiefs who participated in President Theodore Roosevelt's 1905 inaugural parade.

American Indian Museum
Portraits of President Barack Obama Portraits of President Barack Obama
January 15, 2013 – February 25, 2013

See two tapestry portraits of President Barack Obama by Chuck Close.

Portrait Gallery
A Day at the Museum A Day at the Museum
January 14, 2013 – June 2, 2013

Learn about the role of museums in the everyday lives of American artists.

Archives of American Art
Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963 Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963
December 14, 2012 – September 7, 2014

Learn how two events 100 years apart changed the course of the nation in this exhibition featuring such items as Abraham Lincoln's top hat, Harriet Tubman's shawl, and photographs of the March on Washington.

American History Museum
Nam June Paik: Global Visionary Nam June Paik: Global Visionary
December 13, 2012 – August 11, 2013

This exhibition offers an unprecedented view into artist Nam June Paik's creative method.

American Art Museum
Inside Insights: Photographs by the Smithsonian Community Inside Insights: Photographs by the Smithsonian Community
December 10, 2012 – September 22, 2013

Winning entries from the 2012 Smithsonian Staff Photo Contest offer a deeper understanding of the Smithsonian and its talented staff.

Ripley Center