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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
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