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Art of the Stamp

See 100 original drawings and artworks that were used to create postage stamps, including entries for the famous Elvis stamp design competition.

Artful Animals

Explore how African artists create striking works of art, using images from an array of domestic and untamed animals, in this exhibition dedicated to young audiences.

Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story

A rotating selection of objects from the collection of Jeanette Cantrell Rudy sheds light on the Federal Duck Stamp program.

Arts of the Islamic World

The works on view here represent the three principal media for artistic expression in the Islamic world: architecture, the arts of the book, and the arts of the object.

Audible Artworks: Selected African Musical Instruments

See and hear a selection of musical instruments that demonstrate the formal inventiveness of African artists who have created objects that are a delight to both the ears and eyes.

Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraiture

Featuring 61 pieces from the late 19th century to the present, this exhibition demonstrates how posters function as portraiture.

Beautiful Bodies: Form and Decoration of African Pottery

See the beautiful forms, rich surface textures, and sumptuous colors that characterize these hand-built clay vessels from continental Africa, whose forms range from human to geometric.

Beauty Surrounds Us

The exhibition features 77 extraordinary objects showcasing the integration of art and daily life in Native cultures throughout the hemisphere.

Body of Evidence: Selections from the Contemporary African Art Collection

View art using the human body—directly or indirectly—as a primary canvas for self-expression for these 20 African contemporary artists.

Bradley and Hubbard: Masters of Metal Work

View selected decorative metal objects from the Smithsonian Institution Castle Collection that trace the history of the Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Company from its start in 1852 to 1940.

Brave New World

View artist Theo Eshetu's Brave New World II, a compelling video installation that examines the theme of travel.

Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort

Examine iconic works and major pieces never before seen in the United States by Brian Jungen (Dunne-za First Nations/Swiss/Canadian), widely regarded as the foremost Native artist of his generation.

Building a National Collection: 150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian

This exhibition focuses on changing ideas of collecting and connoisseurship in prints over the past century and a half.  

Calder's Portraits: A New Language

Featured are Alexander Calder's three-dimensional wire portraits alongside contemporary documents by other artists.

Caliphs and Kings: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain

See 89 objects that illustrate themes of longevity, continuity, and transmission in the Islamic decorative arts and sciences in medieval Spain.

Capital Portraits: Treasures from Washington Private Collections, 1730-2010

This exhibition presents portraits-- many on view for the first time -- that reside in private Washington, D.C., collections.

Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade

Explore how ancient Yemen grew fabulously wealthy because of the caravan trade routes of frankincense and myrrh that ran through it.

Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed

Treasures from the museum's collection of Central American ceramics shed new light on the exchange of dynamic ideas about art, culture, politics, and technology within the region’s largely unknown civilizations.

Chant Avedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt

See a series of panels begun in 1991 by the preeminent contemporary Egyptian artist Chant Avedissian relating to current and historical Egyptian images, both representational and symbolic.

Claiming Art/Reclaiming Space: Post-Apartheid Art from South Africa

View paintings, prints, and animated film shorts by South African Artists drawn from the museum's permanent collection.


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