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Destination Moon
2020 TBA – Permanent

A new, state-of-the-art exhibition called Destination Moon will replace the Apollo to the Moon gallery. Destination Moon will feature many of the key artifacts in the old exhibition, as well as some now in other locations or in storage.

Air and Space Museum
Bill Traylor: Retrospective Bill Traylor: Retrospective
Spring 2018 –

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is organizing a major retrospective on the art of Bill Traylor. Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on an Alabama cotton plantation near the town of Benton. After the Civil War, Traylor remained in service on the Traylor plantation until 1929 when he moved to Montgomery. In his eighties, Traylor began to draw and paint. He died in 1949 and left behind more than a thousand works of art.

American Art Museum
American Democracy: The Great Leap of Faith
Summer 2017 – Ongoing

Explores how a nation committed to the principles of popular sovereignty debated how to make this idealistic vision work and what living in a democracy really means.

American History Museum
Many Voices, One Nation
Opens Summer 2017 – Permanent

Presents the five-hundred-year journey of how many distinct peoples and cultures met, mingled, and created the culture of the United States.

American History Museum
Executive Order 9066
February 2017 – Closing TBA

In 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 and, with a stroke of a pen, reshaped the history of Americans of Japanese descent and upset the delicate balance between the rights of the citizen and the power of the State. In the post-9/11 world, the United States continues to wrestle with the tension between personal freedom and national security.

American History Museum
Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions
May 27, 2016 – September 5, 2016

Martin Puryear (b. 1945) is one of the leading sculptors of his generation, whose work is recognized internationally for its evocative forms and exquisite craftsmanship. The exhibition explores reoccurring forms across time and medium in Puryear’s sculptures, drawings, and prints.

American Art Museum
Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change
April 7, 2016 – September 5, 2016

Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change is a major exhibition by one of the leading postwar American artists. It is the first museum survey devoted to Irwin’s work in the pivotal decade of the 1960s.

Hirshhorn Museum
Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains
March 12, 2016 – December 4, 2016

This exhibition reflects the dynamic tradition of narrative art among Native nations from the Great Plains. The exhibition traces the evolution of the art form from historic hides, muslins, and ledger books to more than 50 contemporary works commissioned by the museum.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016
March 12, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Every three years the National Portrait Gallery invites artists from across the nation to submit their best works of portrayal. Jurors select the finest works that showcase mastery and innovation in the form.

Portrait Gallery
Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan
March 2016 – December 2016

The exhibition by the Freer and Sackler Galleries will transform the International Gallery into an Afghan caravanserai, complete with artisan stalls and demonstrations of woodwork, calligraphy, ceramics, and jewelry.

Ripley Center
March 2016 – TBD

What can we discover in just a cubic foot of ocean? Enter the small worlds of marine biocubes to find out!

Natural History Museum
Suspended Animation Suspended Animation
February 10, 2016 –

The exhibition brings together six artists who use computer animation in their work: Ed Atkins, Antoine Catala, Ian Cheng, Josh Kline, Helen Marten and Agnieszka Polska.

Hirshhorn Museum
The Norie Marine Atlas and the Guano Trade
Late January 2016 – August 20, 2016

This display will highlight John Norie's unique Marine Atlas, a large bound book of sea charts dating to the early 19th century, within the historical context of the guano and nitrate trades, in which many of the swiftest and strongest American square-rigged sailing ships were employed.

American History Museum
Ua Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation Ua Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation
January 17, 2016 – January 2017

This exhibitions takes visitors through the history of the Hawaiian Nation, from the consolidation of the islands by King Kamehameha I, through annexation, to the rise of the Hawaiian rights movement in the late 1960s and the resurgence of Hawaiian nationalism today.

American Indian Museum
New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art
December 10, 2015 – March 13, 2017

This exhibition of original artwork explores the diversity of topics highlighting the cultural heritage of New York City. Thirty pieces of original artwork divided into six categories—Baseball, Broadway, City Life, Icons, Politics and Government, and Music—depict a variety of art styles and mediums used to create some of America’s most beautiful stamps.

Postal Museum
Wegmans Wonderplace
December 9, 2015 – Indefinitely

Wegmans Wonderplace, an Early Learning Gallery, will combine age appropriate activities with museum collections and touchable objects to provide a gateway to history and a place to exercise curiosity for children six and under.

American History Museum
Wonder Wonder
November 13, 2015 – July 10, 2016

Wonder, the opening exhibition at the newly renovated Renwick Gallery, features site-specific installations that transform the galleries into a contemporary “cabinet of wonders.”

Renwick Gallery
Art of the Airport Tower Art of the Airport Tower
November 11, 2015 – November 2016

Art of the Airport Tower explores contemporary and historic air traffic control towers in the United States and around the world. Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo elevates airport towers to beautiful objects of art, and symbols of technological change and cultural expression within the airport landscape.

Air and Space Museum
Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist
November 7, 2015 – September 18, 2016

This major retrospective of the Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick, includes 75 of her most notable works, primarily paintings on board and canvas as well as a selection of works on paper and small sculpture.

American Indian Museum
Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection
October 30, 2015 – April 3, 2016

Crosscurrents features stellar paintings and sculpture by major American artists Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wayne Thiebaud and others alongside European giants such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

American Art Museum

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