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Museums at the Smithsonian: 150 Years of Collecting
August 10, 1996 – September 30, 1998

Discover the origin and focus of the various collections held by the National Museum of American History with this collection of objects from the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition

The Smithsonian Institution in Collaboration with the United States Mint Presents the Engraver's Art in U.S. Mint Commemorative Coins
August 7, 1996 – July 24, 1998

American History Museum
The Kennedys Photographed by Richard Avedon
August 3, 1996 – April 13, 1997

American History Museum
The Jenny Class Reunion
July 30, 1996 – October 30, 1996

This exhibition reunites more than 20 of the 1918 Inverted Jenny stamps.

Postal Museum
Preserving Ancient Statues from Jordan Preserving Ancient Statues from Jordan
July 28, 1996 – April 6, 1997

See 8 examples of ancient plaster statues dating from 6500-7000 B.C., excavated in Ain Ghazal, Jordan, in 1985.

Sackler Gallery
Louis Armstrong: A Cultural Legacy Louis Armstrong: A Cultural Legacy
July 26, 1996 – December 1, 1996

Some 150 paintings, prints, musical instruments, photographs, clips, and memorabilia create a portrait of the 50-year career of this musician.

Portrait Gallery
The Art of Thomas Wilmer Dewing: Beauty Reconfigured
July 19, 1996 – October 14, 1996

This exhibition features works by Gilded Age artist Thomas Dewing, who is known for his genteel depictions of women and dreamlike outdoor scenes.  

American Art Museum
Directions: Byron Kim: Grey-Green
July 18, 1996 – October 20, 1996

Large-scale, monochromatic paintings by this artist address traditional Korean green-glaze pottery within the context of Western modern abstraction. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Footsteps from North Brentwood
July 14, 1996 – December 8, 1996

View  pictures, documents, and artifacts that document the history of the first black incorporated town in Prince George's County.

Anacostia Community Museum
Recent Acquisitions (1996)
July 12, 1996 – October 27, 1996

Photographs of The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison are on view, along with Andy Warhol prints of Muhammad Ali and a bust of cartoonist Chuck Jones. 

Portrait Gallery
From Smithson to Smithsonian: The Birth of an Institution From Smithson to Smithsonian: The Birth of an Institution
July 2, 1996 – January 10, 1997

This exhibition recounts the origin and early years of the Smithsonian Institution -- from British scientist James Smithson's last will and testament of 1826 through the administrations of the Institution's first 2 Secretaries, Joseph Henry and Spencer Fullerton Baird.

American History Museum
Reinventing Government: The Transformation of America's Postal System
July 1, 1996 – March 13, 1998

Editorial cartoons and contemporary accounts shed light on the events surrounding the 1971 Postal Reform Act, which transformed the Post Office Department, then a federal agency, into the United States Postal Service.

Postal Museum
Paintings by Masami Teraoka
June 30, 1996 – January 1, 1997

Examine contemporary issues that portray the realities of the late 20th century, including human sexuality, gender, morality, race, and culture as identity in 32 watercolor paintings and 3 prints by this Japanese-born, Hawaii-based artist.

Sackler Gallery
Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story
June 28, 1996 – June 30, 2006

A rotating selection of objects from the collection of Jeanette Cantrell Rudy sheds light on the Federal Duck Stamp program.

Postal Museum
Crossroads Alaska: Native Cultures of Alaska and Siberia
June 27, 1996 – August 8, 1996

Miniatures and models illustrate the diversity and ingenuity of the cultures and peoples of the North Pacific.

American Indian Museum New York
Distemper: Dissonant Themes in the Art of the 1990s
June 20, 1996 – September 15, 1996

Works in diverse media trace an attitude of social and cultural dismay among 10 internationally based artists.

Hirshhorn Museum
1996 Presidential Scholars in the Arts: Scholars in the Visual Arts and Scholars in Writing
June 20, 1996 – July 14, 1996

Take in 8 paintings, 7 photographs, and 5 excerpts from written works by 1996 Presidential Scholars.  

American Art Museum
Artists at Work: A Smithsonian Celebration of Staff Creativity
June 18, 1996 – August 11, 1996

See an exhibition that showcases the creative talents of Smithsonian staff and complements the 1996 Folklife Festival theme Working at the Smithsonian.

Ripley Center
Our History: Washington, D.C. in the 1800s
June 10, 1996 – August 30, 1996

See face masks and banners and read first-person anecdotes by elementary school students that explore African American history during the early 19th-century

Anacostia Community Museum
Lost & Found: Edmonia Lewis's Cleopatra Lost & Found: Edmonia Lewis's Cleopatra
June 7, 1996 – April 14, 1997

See the life and work of Edmonia Lewis, a nineteenth-century African American sculptor.

American Art Museum