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Space Exploration: 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
March 16, 2018 – August 19, 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
George Catlin's American Buffalo
May 12, 2017 – August 6, 2017

The exhibition and related book explore Catlin’s representation of buffalo and their integration into the lives of Native Americans through forty original paintings by the artist.

American Art Museum
Modern Medicine and the Great War
April 19, 2017 – November 17, 2018

World War I provided a testing ground for the application of new medical technologies and procedures, and in some cases accelerated their general acceptance or development. At the same time, wartime medical practice reflected the larger concerns and prejudices of early twentieth century America, as the country coped with ever more complex problems of modern industrial society.

American History Museum
Down These Mean Streets
April 14, 2017 –

The exhibition will examine how Latino photographers depicted America’s urban streets when notions of the inner city began to emerge. The title of the exhibition is taken from Piri Thomas’ bestselling memoir Down These Mean Streets (1967), where the author narrates his tough upbringing in New York City’s El Barrio.

American Art Museum
Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years
April 7, 2017 – August 20, 2017

This is the first exhibition to focus on the early career of Peter Voulkos, who completely re-invented his medium of proper ceramics technique and form. Aproximately thirty-five examples from this crucial body of early work will be featured.

Renwick Gallery
My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I
April 6, 2017 – November 29, 2018

Through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front, this centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I.

Postal Museum
Posters of World War I
April 2017 – TBA

The small selection of posters presented here gives glimpses of the war front, illustrates participation on the home front, reveals the new roles of women, demonstrates new technologies, shows the breadth of military service, and depicts America’s allies and enemies at that time.

Air and Space Museum
Advertising War
Opens Spring 2017 –

Poster imagery presented gives glimpses of the war front, illustrates participation on the home front, reveals the new roles of women, demonstrates new technologies, shows the breadth of military service, and depicts America’s allies and enemies at that time.

American History Museum
June Schwarcz
March 10, 2017 – August 20, 2017

The exhibition will be the first retrospective spanning of the artist's entire career including works never seen before in public from her personal collection. June Schwarcz was the foremost enamellist in the country and known for her innovatatively designed vessels.

Renwick Gallery
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
February 23, 2017 – May 14, 2017

Spanning over five decades, the exhibition focuses on the evolution of the Japanese artist’s immersive, multi-relfective infinity Mirror Rooms. At least five immersive rooms will be included along with a selection of the artist’s infinity net paintings, recent paintings, and archival material.

Hirshhorn Museum
Executive Order 9066
February 2017 – January 28, 2018

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
Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait
November 18, 2016 – May 7, 2017

Video-art pioneer Bill Viola believes that cameras are the keepers of souls. From the moment he first picked up a video camera as an art student in 1970, he was captured by the technology. The exhibition Bill Viola and the Moving Portrait is the National Portrait Gallery’s first exhibition devoted to media art.

Portrait Gallery
Mark Bradford
November 17, 2016 – September 17, 2017

Renowned American artist Mark Bradford (b. Los Angeles, California, 1961) creates large-scale, site-specific paintings that will occupy the entire circumference—almost 400 feet—of the Hirshhorn’s Inner Ring Galleries, forming a monumental circular “cyclorama” that will offer an evocative, immersive experience for our visitors. Bradford, who lives and works in Los Angeles, has been recognized internationally for artworks that expand the language of abstract painting by imbuing it with both historical and personal significance.

Hirshhorn Museum
Gene Davis: Hot Beat
November 17, 2016 – April 2, 2017

The selection of fifteen classic striped paintings reveal the ambitious vision and accomplishment of one of Washington DC's artists of the 1960s. The rectangular canvases and multicolored stripes create a richly varied body of work that require the viewer to consider the relationships and rythms over time like a musical composition.

American Art Museum
Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern
November 11, 2016 – March 19, 2017

Brings together more than eighty works, nearly all on loan from The Noguchi Museum, made over six decades. Featured works include several monolithic basalt sculptures, fountains, and floating Akari ceiling lights, as well as works that use stone, water, and light to evoke nature and call to mind elemental structures in civilization across time.

American Art Museum
The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
October 15, 2016 – February 20, 2017

In recognition of one of the world’s extraordinary collections of Qur’ans, the Freer|Sackler is hosting a landmark exhibition, the first of its kind in the United States. Some fifty of the most sumptuous manuscripts from Herat to Istanbul will be featured.

Sackler Gallery
Ragnar Kjartansson
October 14, 2016 – January 8, 2017

This exhibition will be the first comprehensive mid-career survey of Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson (b. Reykjavik, 1976) and will chart his wide-ranging practice across film, performance, painting, and drawing.

Hirshhorn Museum

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