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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
Ceramic Gestures: New Vessels by Magdalene Odundo
September 18, 1996 – January 1, 1997

See 15 recent works by this contemporary ceramicist from Kenya that explore traditional African container forms.

African Art Museum
Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture
September 17, 1996 – February 16, 1997

Explore graphic design over the past 15 years via some 300 works--magazines, posters, signs, typefaces, and electronic media.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Conservation by Design
September 13, 1996 – January 12, 1997

See 36 pieces of functional and sculptural wood by artists from the U.S., England, Australia, and Canada that illustrate the uses of recycled, salvaged, or reconstituted materials and lesser-known woods.

Renwick Gallery
Calico and Chintz: Antique Quilts from the Patricia Smith Collection
September 13, 1996 – January 12, 1997

Experience the genteel quilting tradition that predates the folk art quilting tradition in these 26 rare American quilts made before 1850.

Renwick Gallery
Islamic Art
August 31, 1996 – May 1, 1997

See 15 works of Islamic art from the 9th to 15th centuries.

Freer Gallery
Armenian Gospels
August 31, 1996 – May 1, 1997

View illustrations from medieval Armenian illuminated gospels purchased by gallery founder Charles Lang Freer.

Freer Gallery
The Natural World in Indian Painting
August 31, 1996 – May 1, 1997

View 14 works on paper from India's Mughal dynasty and Rajput courts that show contrasting use of nature in Islamic and Hindu art in the 15th to 19th centuries.

Freer Gallery
We The People: Winning the Vote
August 31, 1996 – June 25, 2000

This exhibition includes sections on campaigning, debates, and political "gimmicks", and large collection of campaign artifacts.

American History Museum
Image of the President: Photographs by George Tames, 1944-1974
August 30, 1996 – September 1, 1997

This exhibition features 27 photographs of 7 American presidents by New York Times photographer George Tames (1919-1994).

Portrait Gallery
Stories of the People
August 10, 1996 – January 25, 1998

See some 200 objects from 6 American Indian cultures that examine the last 150 years, a period of great social change for Native peoples.

A&I
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

A&I
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