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More American Stamps
April 1, 1997 – September 16, 1997

See commemorative and definitive stamps issued in the United States between 1988 and 1996.

Postal Museum
Henry Dreyfuss Directing Design: The Industrial Designer and his Work, 1929-72
March 18, 1997 – August 24, 1997

View some 200 drawings, models, prototypes, and household products created by industrial designer Dreyfuss (1904-1972) and his firm. 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Renwick Gallery at Twenty-Five The Renwick Gallery at Twenty-Five
March 14, 1997 – July 13, 1997

Celebrate the Renwick gallery's silver anniversary with one hundred works by ninety-two craft artists.

Renwick Gallery
American Crafts: The Nation's Collection
March 14, 1997 – July 13, 1997

See selections from Renwick's permanent collection on view as part of the 25th anniversary reinstallation.

Renwick Gallery
Ancient Chinese Pottery and Bronze Ancient Chinese Pottery and Bronze
March 7, 1997 – August 14, 2011

The exhibition shows the complex, changing relationship between two of China's oldest artistic traditions: ceramic and bronze vessels.

Freer Gallery
Directions: Juan Munoz
March 6, 1997 – June 15, 1997

This exhibition features this Madrid-based sculptor's broadly psychological, narrative figure installations in bronze, resin, and other materials.

Hirshhorn Museum
Bridge: Illusions in Clay
March 2, 1997 – July 6, 1997

In this world premiere, see a 60' trompe l'oeil sculpture by Taiwanese artist Ah-Leon (b. 1953) that gives the illusion of a decaying wooden bridge.

Sackler Gallery
Agayuliyararput (Our Way of Making Prayer): The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks
March 2, 1997 – August 17, 1997

See 213 Yup'ik Eskimo masks from various international and private collections.

American Indian Museum New York
Korean Ceramics Korean Ceramics
March 1, 1997 – August 7, 2011

View Korean ceramics made between 200 and 1900, ranging from tableware and Buddhist cinerary urns to bowls, bottles, and storage jars.

Freer Gallery
Serving Home and Community: Women of Southern Appalachia
March 1, 1997 – September 7, 1997

Some 50 b&w photos by Barbara T. Beirne show women (age 50-96) of the region who have suffered economic hardships due to mining and agricultural issues.

American History Museum
American Quilt Legacy Case: Heptagonal Sunburst Quilt
February 23, 1997 – November 30, 1997

American History Museum
Jeff Wall
February 20, 1997 – May 11, 1997

In his first American retrospective, some 30 luminous, pictorial photo narratives created by this Canadian artist since 1978 explore contemporary social issues. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Disegno: Italian Renaissance Drawings for the Decorative Arts
February 11, 1997 – May 18, 1997

See 30 drawings and prints, augmented by objects, that examine disegno--the origin of Western design in 16th-century Italy. 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Masters of Their Trade: Slave Potters in the South
February 10, 1997 – July 18, 1997

American History Museum
Chinese Gardens in the Painter's Imagination
February 1, 1997 – January 16, 1998

Visit 25 paintings, dating from the 12th to the 19th centuries, that show real and imaginary Chinese gardens.

Freer Gallery
Breaking Racial Barriers: African Americans in the Harmon Foundation Collection Breaking Racial Barriers: African Americans in the Harmon Foundation Collection
January 31, 1997 – January 4, 1998

On view are 20 portraits from an exhibition, which toured the U.S. from 1944 through 1954, entitled Portraits of Outstanding Americans of Negro Origin.

Portrait Gallery
Le Tumulte Noir: Paul Colin's Jazz Age Portfolio Le Tumulte Noir: Paul Colin's Jazz Age Portfolio
January 31, 1997 – September 14, 1997

French poster artist Paul Colin (1892-1985), published a portfolio of vividly colored lithographs titled Le Tumulte Noir (The Black Craze) which captured the exuberant jazz music and dance that dazzled Paris in the 1920s.

Portrait Gallery
A King and His Cloth: Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I
January 29, 1997 – March 23, 1997

See an exhibition featuring the 7x10' "adinkra" cloth owned by Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I, king of Asante in Ghana from 1888 to 1896.

African Art Museum
Casting the Smithsonian Bell
January 28, 1997 – April 28, 2000

See photographs, prints, and text explaining the casting and installation of the Smithsonian bell.

Smithsonian Castle
Always Getting Ready--Upterrlainarluta: Yup'ik Eskimo Subsistence in Southwest Alaska
January 26, 1997 – June 8, 1997

View photos by James Barker, from 1973-1992, that explore the annual subsistence cycle of the Yup'ik people from spring seal hunting to winter dance celebrations.

American Indian Museum New York