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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
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
Turquoise Mountain: Art and Transformation in Afghanistan Turquoise Mountain: Art and Transformation in 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
Biocubes
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
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
Living Modern Living Modern
October 30, 2015 – April 3, 2016

Features the stellar collection of Sam Rose and Julie Walters, who for the past twenty-five years have collected the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso and a host of others.

American Art Museum
Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York
October 29, 2015 – February 15, 2016

The first major museum exhibition devoted to a comprehensive view of the movement’s three-dimensional works brings together more than 100 works created by more than 20 artists from France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Hirshhorn Museum
Directions: Shana Lutker: <i>Le ‘NEW’ Monocle</i>, Chapters 1–3 Directions: Shana Lutker: Le ‘NEW’ Monocle, Chapters 1–3
October 29, 2015 – February 15, 2016

New sculptural work by contemporary American artist Shana Lutker based on historic fistfights involving surrealist artists.

Hirshhorn Museum
Sotatsu: Making Waves
October 24, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Lineage of Elegance is the first in-depth examination of this major Japanese artist. The exhibition convenes for the first time more than seventy of Sotatsu’s masterpieces from collections in Japan, Europe, and the United States, along with homage pieces by later artists that demonstrate his long-ranging influence.

Sackler Gallery
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty
October 23, 2015 – March 20, 2016

Some 160 photographs by Irving Penn demonstrate his legacy as a modern master and place him in the context of the contemporary moment.

American Art Museum
Pixar Pixar
October 8, 2015 – August 7, 2016

This exhibition examines the design process behind Pixar Animation Studios and films such as Toy Story, Wall-E, Up, Brave, The Incredibles, and Cars, among others. Focusing on the process of iteration, collaboration and research, Pixar features original artwork, including rarely seen hand-drawn sketches, paintings and sculptures.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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