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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
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
The Norie Marine Atlas and the Guano Trade
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, an Early Learning Gallery
December 1, 2015 – TBA

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
Biocubes
November 1, 2015 – TBA

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

Natural History 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
Lineage of Elegance: Tawaraya Sotatsu
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
Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs 1859-1872 Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs 1859-1872
September 18, 2015 – March 13, 2016

Alexander Gardner created dramatic and vivid photographs of battlefields, which included images of the recently dead. After the war, Gardner went west, creating unforgettable pictures of western landscape and portraits of American Indians. This exhibition also includes the iconic cracked-plate portrait of President Abraham Lincoln taken on February 5, 1865.

Portrait Gallery
Artists' Books and Africa
September 16, 2015 – TBA

African artists are experimenting with the genre of artists’ books, while international artists are exploring African themes in theirs. Artists’ Books and Africa is the first exhibition to focus on African artists books from the Smithsonian Libraries’ Warren M. Robbins Library and the National Museum of African Art.

African Art Museum
The Modern Pueblo Paintings of Awa Tsireh The Modern Pueblo Paintings of Awa Tsireh
September 4, 2015 – January 31, 2016

The paintings of Awa Tsireh (1898-1955), also known by his Spanish name, Alfonso Roybal, represent an encounter between the art traditions of native Pueblo peoples in the Southwestern United States and the American modernist art style begun in New York, which spread quickly across the country.

American Art Museum
One Life: Dolores Huerta One Life: Dolores Huerta
July 3, 2015 – May 15, 2016

One Life: Dolores Huerta will focus on the years 1962–75, marking the beginnings of Huerta’s activism with Cesar Chavez, the founding of the National Farm Workers Association, and the passage of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975.

Portrait Gallery
Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' <i>Greek Slave</i> Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' Greek Slave
July 3, 2015 – Indefinitely

This one-gallery exhibition reveals the inner workings of the studio of Hiram Powers (1805-1873), who was among the most innovative sculptors of the nineteenth century, eagerly adapting long-standing sculpture traditions to new technologies of his age.

American Art Museum
Places of Invention Places of Invention
July 1, 2015 – Ongoing

What is it about a particular place that excites a creative mind and sparks invention and innovation? Discover what can happen when the right mix of inventive people, ready resources, and inspiring surroundings come together.

American History Museum
American Enterprise American Enterprise
July 1, 2015 – Permanent

Learn how business and innovation helped the United States develop from a small dependent agricultural nation to one of the world's largest economies.

American History Museum
Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910
July 1, 2015 – October 2016

Travel with us to the surface of the moon, the center of the earth, and the depths of the ocean—to the fantastic worlds of fiction inspired by 19th-century discovery and invention.

American History Museum

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