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Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure

View 163 masterpieces from India, Nepal, and Tibet created from the 8th to 19th centuries, most of which have never been publicly exhibited in the West.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History

Explore connections between past and present modes of seeing by juxtaposing contemporary photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto's photographs with approximately 60 ancient and medieval Japanese artworks.

Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses

See 55 dresses and more than 200 related items from the Plains, Plateau, and Great Basin regions in this exhibition of Native women's identity through traditional dress and its contemporary evolution.

Identity of the Sacred: Two Nigerian Shrine Figures

View two wooden sculptures -- one Igbo, the other Urhobo -- representing tutelary deities and ancestors found in two societies of southeastern Nigeria

In and Out of Focus: Images from Central Africa, 1885-1960

View an exhibition that examines how images by Euro-American photographers created and perpetuated ideas and sentiments about the peoples of central Africa.

In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000

See many of the most important codices in the world from the 2nd to 10th centuries.

In the Presence of Spirits: African Art from the National Museum of Ethnology, Lisbon

See an exhibition that examines more than 140 objects reflecting the influences of the supernatural world in both public and private life throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian

This exhibition of some 700 works of Native art from throughout North, Central, and South America demonstrates the breadth of the museum's renowned collection and highlight the historic importance of many of these iconic objects.

Inscribing Meaning: Writing + Graphic Systems in African Art

See the first comprehensive exhibition that addresses the interaction between African art and the communicative power of graphic systems, language, and the written word.


See 40 artworks by 9 contemporary artists whose experimentation with subject matter and material offers a thoughtful look at the artistic process.

Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade, and Innovation

See approximately 60 objects that focus on revolutionary and enduring changes that took place in Iraqi ceramics during the 9th century as Islamic pottery responded to a wave of luxury Chinese goods.

Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics

Best known for his abstract stone sculpture and public plazas, Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) also produced ceramics during short sojourns to Japan in 1931, 1950, and 1952.

Jamestown, Qu├ębec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings

Explore the first permanent English, French, and Spanish settlements in the New World -- Jamestown, Virginia (1607); Quebec, Canada (1608); and Santa Fe, New Mexico (1609) -- and the societies that emerged to approximately 1700.

Journeys and Destinations: Contemporary African Artists on the Move

View an exhibition featuring the work of six contemporary African artists that explores the important histories of migration and the negotiations of artistic, cultural, personal, and group identities.

Lines, Marks, and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen

Experience how artist Roger Ballen organizes visual chaos into visual coherency.

Love and Yearning: Mystical and Moral Themes in Persian Poetry and Paintings

View 26 illustrated manuscripts, detached paintings, and several textiles, dating from the 15th to 17th centuries, that highlight some of the central mystical and moral themes in Persian poetry and painting and explore the relationship between text and image.

Making the Grade: Arts of Initiation

View an exhibition that introduces the diverse arts associated with initiation rites in selected African communities.

Masters of Mercy: Buddha's Amazing Disciples

Selections from Kano Kazunobu's 100-painting series depicting Buddhist disciples at work are featured.

Mexican Treasures of the Smithsonian

Witness the full range of the Mexican presence in the Smithsonian's collections through art and artifacts that span several centuries.

Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias

Learn about the life and times of Clotilde Arias, who in 1946 was commissioned by the US State Department to compose an official Spanish-language translation of the national anthem.

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