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Seydou Keita, Photographer: Portraits from Bamako, Mali (1950-1960)
March 27, 1996 – July 28, 1996

See 25 black and white photos of Bamako residents taken during the 50s and 60s by this African photographer that attest to his vision and artistic sensibilities.

African Art Museum
Building a National Collection: 150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian
March 27, 1996 – October 19, 1997

American History Museum
Directions: Beverly Semmes
March 21, 1996 – June 23, 1996

This exhibition features Kimberley (1994)--a large-scale fabric sculpture resembling a monumental dress.

Hirshhorn Museum
Earth Sense
March 15, 1996 – September 4, 1996

This photography exhibition focuses on efforts to safeguard our fragile, ever-changing planet. I 

Natural History Museum
The Avant-Garde Letterhead
March 13, 1996 – May 8, 1996

See some 150 examples of writing paper, postcards, and envelopes that illustrate how the avant-garde movement affected letterhead design.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Lia Cook: Material Allusions
March 12, 1996 – July 7, 1996

Focus on the last 10 years of Lia Cook's career with 25 wall hangings that depict the illusions of cloth.

Renwick Gallery
Choice Spirits: Works by Thomas Dewing and Dwight Tryon
March 9, 1996 – July 7, 1997

See 33 paintings, drawings, and screens that illustrate the nature of aestheticism in the United States at the turn of the century.

Freer Gallery
Mark Lindquist: Revolutions in Wood
March 6, 1996 – July 7, 1996

See the first full-scale retrospective of 40 works focusing on vessels from the past 25 years by woodturner Mark Lindquist.

Renwick Gallery
2nd Annual Exhibition of Visual Arts and Crafts by Smithsonian Women
March 4, 1996 – March 29, 1996

Reflect on and celebrate the creative lives of women artists within the Smithsonian Institution community, in conjunction with Women's History Month. See 64 works including photography, painting, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and mixed media.

Ripley Center
Crosscurrents in Chinese and Islamic Ceramics
March 1, 1996 – July 1, 1997

View 23 objects from the 14th and 15th centuries that explore the interaction between Chinese ceramics and Islamic decorative arts.

Freer Gallery
The Violent Universe
February 29, 1996 – October 30, 1996

Marvel at the work of NASA's Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, an orbiting telescope studying gamma rays emitted by supernovae, pulsars, black holes, and quasars.

Air and Space Museum
Beyond Paper: Chinese Calligraphy on Objects
February 28, 1996 – July 1, 1997

View 36 objects, ranging from the 7th to 19th centuries, that focus on the varied uses of calligraphy on utilitarian and decorative works made of clay, lacquer, metal, jade, bamboo, silk, wood, and bone.

Freer Gallery
Rebels: Painters and Poets of the 1950s Rebels: Painters and Poets of the 1950s
February 24, 1996 – June 2, 1996

This 2-part exhibition focuses on the lives and works of 4 interlocking circles of avant-garde poets, and chronicles the major artists of the New York School.

Portrait Gallery
Science at Sea
February 23, 1996 – September 2, 1996

This case explores the 125 years of research collaboration between the Smithsonian and the National Marine Fisheries Commission and features a model of the research vessel Albatross. 

Natural History Museum
1996 Staff Exhibition
February 16, 1996 – February 27, 1996

Admire 44 objects by staff from the Smithsonian's Office of Protection Services, Building Management, the American Art Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery.

American Art Museum
Georg Baselitz
February 15, 1996 – May 5, 1996

This first American retrospective of this German artist includes three decades of his paintings.

Hirshhorn Museum
Female Imagery in Indian Painting
February 10, 1996 – August 4, 1996

Explore 17 paintings from albums produced between the 15th and 19th centuries for Hindu and Islamic courts in India that focus on various aspects of women.

Freer Gallery
Who's in Charge: Workers and Managers in the U.S.
February 10, 1996 – April 7, 1996

American History Museum
Fakes and Forgeries
February 9, 1996 – October 20, 1996

Examine philatelic items that have been counterfeited, faked, or forged to defraud the Postal Service or unsuspecting collectors.

Postal Museum
In Human Form: Images of the Secular and Divine in Chinese Painting
February 8, 1996 – January 5, 1997

See 25 paintings from the 11th to 18th centuries that examine the ways actual and symbolic images of people influenced Chinese painting.

Freer Gallery