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Asen: Iron Altars from Ouidah, Republic of Benin
December 17, 1993 – April 24, 1994

See two metal altars, called "asen," that typify the blending of European and inland African peoples in the city of Ouidah, once a slave port in what is now the Republic of Benin.

African Art Museum
Before Freedom Came: African American Life in the Antebellum South
December 12, 1993 – March 1, 1994

View an exhibit that examines the lives of African Americans, free and enslaved, during the Antebellum South.

Anacostia Community Museum
To the President: Folk Portraits by the People
December 10, 1993 – September 5, 1994

Spanning 60 years and 12 presidents, this exhibition includes approximately 56 one-of-a-kind creations made by Americans for their presidents.

Portrait Gallery
Contemporary Porcelain from Japan
November 21, 1993 – September 5, 1994

View 30 works of art made of porcelain between 1972-1992 by the members of the Ceramic Arts Division of the Issuikai.

Sackler Gallery
In the Temple of Solomon and the Tomb of Caiaphas
November 19, 1993 – November 28, 1993

In conjunction with a conference of Biblical scholars, 2 artifacts on loan from Israel are presented.

Ripley Center
Buffalo Soldiers: African-Americans in the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments
November 16, 1993 – May 29, 1994

American History Museum
Directions: Glenn Ligon: To Disembark
November 11, 1993 – February 21, 1994

2 suites of prints, 9 audio sculptures, and 3 related wall drawings focus on his life and slavery.

Hirshhorn Museum
From Concept to Building: A Project in Singapore by Architect Paul Rudolph
November 9, 1993 – February 20, 1994

Trace the evolution of the Concourse Building in Singapore through artist's drawings, blueprints, and photographs. 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Power of Maps
November 9, 1993 – January 25, 1994

See a variety of maps from around the world, ranging from a 1500 B.C. Mesopotamian clay tablet to 19th-century Native American maps and a superconductor map of the current ozone hole over Antarctica.

Ripley Center
Dress Codes: Urban Folk Fashion
November 5, 1993 – March 25, 1994

See how textiles and clothing are communicators of American values.

A&I
Table of Plenty
November 2, 1993 – November 28, 1993

View an exhibit displaying a tile-sculpture of a table that pays homage to the collard green plant, which often stood between African Americans and starvation in desperate times.

Anacostia Community Museum
Walter Crane: Design for Children
November 2, 1993 – May 1, 1994

Follow the process of design as it relates to the work of the English book illustrator Walter Crane from 1867 to 1913.  

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
World War II GI: The American Soldier's Experience
October 29, 1993 – June 1, 2002

American History Museum
Air Power in World War II: The Arado 243B "Blitz"
October 26, 1993 – August 30, 1994

See the German-built aircraft Arado, the 1st operational jet bomber.

Air and Space Museum
Van Der Zee, Photographer, 1886-1983
October 22, 1993 – February 13, 1994

On view are photographs of the Harlem community by African American photographer VanDerZee.

Portrait Gallery
20th-Century Self-Portraits from the NPG Collection
October 22, 1993 – February 13, 1994

This exhibition features 47 portraits by notable 20th-century American artists such as Chuck Close, Thomas Hart Benton, George Bellows, and Alexander Calder.

Portrait Gallery
Jasper Johns: Love and Death
October 22, 1993 – February 20, 1994

Visit a select group of drawings, paintings, and lithographs by this 20th-century artist, ranging from his charcoal and pastel drawing Painting with Two Balls (1960), to his series Tantric I, II, and III (1980-81).  

American Art Museum
Willem de Kooning: From the Hirshhorn Museum Collection
October 21, 1993 – January 9, 1994

Hirshhorn Museum
Fancy Fronts: Men's Waistcoats from the 18th Century
October 19, 1993 – February 13, 1994

Visit 18th-century European waistcoats from the museum's textile collection that illustrate the technical expertise of the day. 

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Seeing Themselves As Only Artists Can
October 15, 1993 – January 15, 1994

See 14 additional watercolors, drawings, and prints from the personal collection of James Goode.

Portrait Gallery