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Artificial Heart Valves
September 30, 2016 – March 2017

The history of medical advancement in America has been one of trial and risk. Today, heart valve operations are routine, but developing a successful mechanical valve involved years of experimentation with materials and design by a small team of doctors after World War II.

American History Museum
By the People: Designing a Better America
September 30, 2016 – February 26, 2017

The third exhibition of Cooper Hewitt’s humanitarian design series will examine how design is challenging social and economic inequality across America.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Slavery and Freedom
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

As the centerpiece of the museum, this exhibition explores the complex story of slavery and freedom, a story standing at the core of our national experience.

African American History and Culture Museum
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876–1968
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

This exhibition takes visitors from the end of Reconstruction through the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

African American History and Culture Museum
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

This exhibition illustrates the impact of African Americans on life in the United States—social, economic, political, and cultural—from the death of Martin Luther King Jr. to the second election of President Barack Obama.

African American History and Culture Museum
Power of Place
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

Experience the broad diversity of African American life and regional cultures in communities that took root in different areas of the country.

African American History and Culture Museum
Making a Way Out of No Way
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

Learn how African Americans acted to change and build their lives in the midst of racial oppression. The exhibition showcases the stories of individuals whose lives exemplified this struggle, as well as the organizations and institutions that provided strength and support for the black community.

African American History and Culture Museum
Military History
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

Learn about the service and sacrifice of African American soldiers, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and sailors.

African American History and Culture Museum
Sports: Leveling the Playing Field
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

Learn how African Americans have contributed to sports in American and how sports have helped people respond to injustice.

African American History and Culture Museum
Musical Crossroads
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

This exhibition tells the story of African American music from the arrival of the first Africans to today’s hip-hop.

African American History and Culture Museum
Cultural Expressions
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

This exhibition serves as an introduction to the concept of African American and African diaspora culture. It examines style (identity, political expression and attitudes expressed in clothing, dress, hair and jewelry), food and foodways, artistry, and creativity through craftsmanship, social dance and gesture, and language.

African American History and Culture Museum
Taking the Stage
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

See how African Americans transformed the ways they are represented onstage by challenging racial discrimination and stereotypes and striving to produce more positive, authentic, and diverse images of African American identity and experience.

African American History and Culture Museum
Visual Arts Gallery
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

Paintings, sculpture, works on paper, art installations, mixed media, photography, and digital media illustrate the critical role that African American artists played in shaping the history of American art.

African American History and Culture Museum
A Century in the Making: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture
September 24, 2016 – Ongoing

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open on the National Mall Sept. 24, but the effort to build the museum began more than 100 years ago. This exhibit explores the journey toward fulfillment of this long-held dream, providing an overview of the century-long struggle that began in 1915 and its culminating achievements.

African American History and Culture Museum
Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse
September 23, 2016 – April 16, 2017

Offering creative, alternative approaches to confronting textile waste, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse will present the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational 2016
September 9, 2016 – January 8, 2017

The seventh installment of the Renwick Gallery's biennial series celebrates artists deserving of wider national recognition presents the work of Steven Young Lee, Kristen Morgin, Jennifer Trask, and Norwood Viviano.

Renwick Gallery
Celebrating Our Memories, Celebrating Our Lives: Snapshots of African American Communities
September 9, 2016 – December 27, 2016

To celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of American History presents a special display of 25 photographs that reflect the diversity of the African American experience.

American History Museum
Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothko
September 3, 2016 – February 20, 2017

Created more than five centuries apart, an imperial Chinese porcelain dish and a painting by Mark Rothko—unexpectedly brought together in visual dialogue—reveal the immensity of the color red.

Sackler Gallery
Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten
August 26, 2016 – March 19, 2017

This installation, presented in celebration of the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, features thirty-nine images, all works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection.

American Art Museum
In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard
August 5, 2016 – February 20, 2017

This exhibition from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery features Leonard’s iconic images of jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, and Sarah Vaughan.

Portrait Gallery

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