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The Graceful Envelope (1996)
May 1, 1996 – October 6, 1996

These 40 uniquely designed, hand-crafted envelopes, submitted by professional calligraphers from around the world, illustrate different calligraphic methods and styles. 

Postal Museum
Help Design Frederick Douglass Circle
April 30, 1996 – June 23, 1996

View drawings, models, and computer simulations that focus on the community effort to redesign Frederick Douglass Circle, located in the northwest corner of Central Park.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Japanese Rarities
April 30, 1996 – October 20, 1996

This exhibition features rare Japanese philatelic items from the Christenson collection.

Postal Museum
Down Through the Years: Stories from the Anacostia Museum's Collection
April 28, 1996 – December 8, 1996

Explore the stories and the histories of objects and artifacts from the museum's collection.

Anacostia Community Museum
Visual Journal: Harlem and D.C. in the Thirties and Forties
April 19, 1996 – September 29, 1996

The African American community is chronicled through photographs taken in the 1930s and 1940s by 6 African Americans.

A&I
1846: Portrait of the Nation 1846: Portrait of the Nation
April 12, 1996 – August 18, 1996

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Smithsonian, this exhibition looks back at the America of 1846.

Portrait Gallery
Seydou Keita, Photographer: Portraits from Bamako, Mali (1950-1960)
March 27, 1996 – July 28, 1996

See 25 black and white photos of Bamako residents taken during the 50s and 60s by this African photographer that attest to his vision and artistic sensibilities.

African Art Museum
Building a National Collection: 150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian
March 27, 1996 – October 19, 1997

American History Museum
Directions: Beverly Semmes
March 21, 1996 – June 23, 1996

This exhibition features "Kimberley" (1994)--a large-scale fabric sculpture resembling a monumental dress.

Hirshhorn Museum
The Avant-Garde Letterhead
March 13, 1996 – May 8, 1996

See some 150 examples of writing paper, postcards, and envelopes that illustrate how the avant-garde movement affected letterhead design.  

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Lia Cook: Material Allusions
March 12, 1996 – July 7, 1996

Focus on the last 10 years of Lia Cook's career with 25 wall hangings that depict the illusions of cloth. 

Renwick Gallery
Choice Spirits: Works by Thomas Dewing and Dwight Tryon
March 9, 1996 – July 7, 1997

See 33 paintings, drawings, and screens that illustrate the nature of aestheticism in the United States at the turn of the century.

Freer Gallery
Mark Lindquist: Revolutions in Wood
March 6, 1996 – July 7, 1996

See the first full-scale retrospective of 40 works focusing on vessels from the past 25 years by woodturner Mark Lindquist. 

Renwick Gallery
2nd Annual Exhibition of Visual Arts and Crafts by Smithsonian Women
March 4, 1996 – March 29, 1996

Reflect on and celebrate the creative lives of women artists within the Smithsonian Institution community, in conjunction with Women's History Month. See 64 works including photography, painting, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and mixed media.

Ripley Center
Crosscurrents in Chinese and Islamic Ceramics
March 1, 1996 – July 1, 1997

View 23 objects from the 14th and 15th centuries that explore the interaction between Chinese ceramics and Islamic decorative arts. 

Freer Gallery
The Violent Universe
February 29, 1996 – October 30, 1996

Marvel at the work of NASA's Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, an orbiting telescope studying gamma rays emitted by supernovae, pulsars, black holes, and quasars.

Air and Space Museum
Beyond Paper: Chinese Calligraphy on Objects
February 28, 1996 – July 1, 1997

View 36 objects, ranging from the 7th to 19th centuries, that focus on the varied uses of calligraphy on utilitarian and decorative works made of clay, lacquer, metal, jade, bamboo, silk, wood, and bone.

Freer Gallery
Rebels: Painters and Poets of the 1950s Rebels: Painters and Poets of the 1950s
February 24, 1996 – June 2, 1996

This 2-part exhibition focuses on the lives and works of 4 interlocking circles of avant-garde poets, and chronicles the major artists of the New York School.

Portrait Gallery
Georg Baselitz
February 15, 1996 – May 5, 1996

This first American retrospective of this German artist includes three decades of his paintings. This exhibition was organized by the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Hirshhorn Museum
Female Imagery in Indian Painting
February 10, 1996 – August 4, 1996

Explore 17 paintings from albums produced between the 15th and 19th centuries for Hindu and Islamic courts in India that focus on various aspects of women.

Freer Gallery