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An Invitation to Tea
November 9, 1996 – April 26, 1998

Focus on the centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony with 25 objects from Japan, Korean, China, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Freer Gallery
Directions: Rudolf Schwartzkogler
November 7, 1996 – January 20, 1997

This controversial exhibition features 37 photos of bandaged and masked figures from Actionism, Austria's performance-based movement of the 1960s.

Hirshhorn Museum
What's in the Mail for You! Customers and Communities
November 4, 1996 – January 25, 2010

Explore the direct mail industry through this hands-on exhibition featuring interactive displays, videos, computer games, holograms, and graphics.

Postal Museum
Art of the Persian Courts
November 3, 1996 – April 6, 1997

See some 100 paintings, manuscripts, and calligraphic works from the 14th to 19th centuries that explore the influence of Persian culture across Iraq, Iran, India, and Central Asia.

Sackler Gallery
Points of Entry
November 1, 1996 – January 1, 1997

This 3-part photography exhibition examines the meaning and impact of immigration in the United States.

A&I
From Frying Pan to Flying V: The Rise of the Electric Guitar From Frying Pan to Flying V: The Rise of the Electric Guitar
November 1, 1996 – October 24, 1997

Two showcases feature 8 vintage guitars and 2 amps that trace the history of the electric guitar and the people involved -- the manufacturers, players, makers, and inventors.

American History Museum
Guitars from the Scott Chinery Collection
November 1, 1996 – October 24, 1997

American History Museum
Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History
October 30, 1996 – February 23, 1997

Explore the relationship of visual representation to memory and history among the Luba, one of the most important kingdoms in central Africa from the 17th to the 19th centuries, in this collection of 100 objects.

African Art Museum
Red, Hot & Blue: A Salute to American Musicals
October 25, 1996 – July 6, 1997

Some 400 objects provide a collective biography of the people who worked together to create Broadway and Hollywood musicals from the 1860s to the present.

Portrait Gallery
Feather Focus: The History of Feather Research
October 25, 1996 – June 20, 1997

This exhibition case features the feather research of curator Roxie Laybourne, whose research has helped avoid plane crashes, identify illegally poached birds, solve crimes, and identify feathers found in fossils.

Natural History Museum
Stamps & Stories
October 21, 1996 – September 11, 1997

Discover interesting facts behind the creation of 6 individual stamps.

Postal Museum
Chess Stamps
October 21, 1996 – December 15, 1996

This topical display features stamps that share the theme of chess, including stamps depicting famous chess world champions and traditional chess pieces.

Postal Museum
Richard Lindner: Paintings and Watercolors, 1948-1977
October 17, 1996 – January 12, 1997

See 71 paintings and watercolors spanning three decades that illustrate the symbolic content of this German-born American artist.

Hirshhorn Museum
Ties That Bind: The Newcomers' Experience
October 11, 1996 – May 1, 1997

This small collection of letters, photos, and related objects examines the relationship between American immigrants and their families.

Postal Museum
Woven by the Grandmothers: 19th-Century Navajo Textiles from the NMAI
October 6, 1996 – January 8, 1997

See 40 19th-century Navajo textiles, woven between 1840 and 1880, including boldly patterned chief blankets, poncho sarapes, biil (traditional two-piece dresses), women's striped shoulder blankets, bordered mantas, and diyogi (loosely woven blankets).

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Contemporary Navajo Weaving: The Gloria F. Ross Collection of the Denver Art Museum
October 6, 1996 – January 8, 1997

Explore modern weaving with 38 modern rugs and tapestries made by Navajo weavers in Arizona and New Mexico.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
American Kaleidoscope: Themes and Perspectives in Recent Art American Kaleidoscope: Themes and Perspectives in Recent Art
October 4, 1996 – February 2, 1997

Works by 14 contemporary American artists address the unity, variety, and continuity of American culture.

American Art Museum
Design on the Street: Mixing Messages in Public Space
October 2, 1996 – November 23, 1996

Visit a collage of printed matter that illustrates the diversity of graphic design.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New Deal Architecture
October 1, 1996 – September 23, 1998

Vintage photos explore the unique architectural style of federal post offices across America during the New Deal, known at the time as "starved classical."

Postal Museum
Strong Hearts: Native American Visions and Voices
September 28, 1996 – January 5, 1997

See approximately 100 color and black-and-white photographs taken by 25 Native American photographers, which present a multi-faceted portrait of contemporary American Indian life.

Ripley Center