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Twelve Centuries of Japanese Art from the Imperial Collections
December 14, 1997 – March 8, 1998

See 20 calligraphic works and 56 paintings that represent Imperial patronage in Japan from the 9th to early 20th centuries, in this first major overseas exhibition agreed to by Emperor of Japan and the Imperial Household Agency.

Sackler Gallery
Frank Schiffman Apollo Theater Collection
December 8, 1997 – January 21, 1998

These 2 small cases feature papers related to the day-to-day operations of the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, and some of the important African American artists who have performed there.

American History Museum
1997 Holiday Trees
December 6, 1997 – January 4, 1998

Enjoy 6 decorated trees surrounded with poinsettias. 

American History Museum
NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board)
December 3, 1997 – June 3, 1998

Note the work of the NTSB, which has investigated approximately 70,000 aviation accidents since it was founded in 1967.

Air and Space Museum
Levittown, New York, Is Fifty Years Old
December 3, 1997 – March 31, 1998

See papers and photographs that celebrate the 50th anniversary of Levittown, New York.

American History Museum
American Quilt Legacy: Star Quilt
December 3, 1997 – June 21, 1998

In the American Quilt Legacy case is a Star Quilt, an embroidered crazy patchwork counterpane made by Lydia Finnell of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, in 1884. 

American History Museum
Stalking the Elusive Computer Bug
November 22, 1997 – April 19, 1998

This showcase features the first, actual bug (a moth) found in a computing device at the Harvard Computational Lab in 1947.

American History Museum
Time Out! Sports in Art
November 21, 1997 – May 31, 1998

Celebrate "sports" and mark the opening of the new MCI Center with works by a variety of painters, sculptors, and photographers.

American Art Museum
Ansel Adams, A Legacy: Masterworks from the Friends of Photography Collection
November 14, 1997 – March 29, 1998

Span the career of 20th-century photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) through 115 photographs. Prints were selected from the collection of the Friends of Photography.

American Art Museum
In Search of Balance: The ArtistScholar
November 13, 1997 – March 11, 1998

See paintings, sculpture, and installations by 6 renowned African American art history scholars that explore the work of men and women who teach and produce art.

A&I
Color Sells
November 12, 1997 – September 21, 1998

These small cases feature kitchen objects, color photos of foods used for ads, & color cameras from the 1890s and 1940s to explore the use of color in design and advertising, revealing ways colors affect our daily lives. 

American History Museum
Blue Guitars
November 12, 1997 – October 4, 1998

See 22 blue archtop acoustic guitars from the Scott Chinery collection and a case exploring lab studies of varnishes on violins. 

American History Museum
George C. Marshall: Soldier of Peace George C. Marshall: Soldier of Peace
November 7, 1997 – July 19, 1998

Remember Marshall and the leaders with whom he helped shape history for much of the twentieth century in this exhibition.

Portrait Gallery
Count On It: The Paint By Numbers Collection
November 6, 1997 – January 20, 1998

Two small cases feature papers from The Paint By Numbers painting kit company.

American History Museum
Volcano Watch: Maurice and Katia Krafft and the Smithsonian
October 31, 1997 – April 30, 1998

This showcase explores the work of the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program and honors the Kraffts, whose efforts to educate the public about the dangers of volcanoes has saved thousands of lives but has cost them their own.  

Natural History Museum
Star Wars: The Magic of Myth Star Wars: The Magic of Myth
October 31, 1997 – January 31, 1999

See original props, models, costumes, characters, and artwork from the Star Wars trilogy that are used to compare elements of the films to elements of mythology, following a classic mythological "hero's journey."

Air and Space Museum
Seeing Jazz
October 30, 1997 – January 19, 1998

See 77 paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, and photographs, accompanied by literary selections, that express the many moods of jazz.

Ripley Center
Agayuliyararput (Our Way of Making Prayer): The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks Agayuliyararput (Our Way of Making Prayer): The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks
October 24, 1997 – January 4, 1998

View 150 Yup'ik Eskimo objects from the Yukon, Kuskokwim, and coastal southwestern Alaska. These late 19th- and early 20th-century masks, decorated with feather tufts and wooden appendages, tell stories of ceremonial traditions that remain an important part of Yup'ik culture.

Natural History Museum
Oil from the Arctic: Building the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
October 23, 1997 – April 26, 1998

This exhibit celebrates the 20th anniversary of the trans-Alaska pipeline and includes a section of the pipeline; maps; a timeline; photographs; worker's clothing, tools, and badges; and objects representing native cultures of Alaska.

American History Museum
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