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Perspectives -- Mei-Ling Hom

Explore the meanings of clouds and the fluidity of those meanings for people who inhabit multiple cultures in this serene and contemplative installation of 30 cloud-like forms.

Perspectives: Cai Guo-Qiang: Traveler: Reflection

See how Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang explores past and present artistic expression driven by contact between cultures and peoples.

Philatelic Gallery

For both the serious collector and those who know little about the renowned hobby of stamp collecting, this gallery highlights some of the best philatic collections in the world.

Picture Puzzles: Red Cloud and His Uncle's Shirt

This exhibit case documents and reveals the extensive amount of research that goes into the reproduction of a single photograph for a publication, as well as the use of this information to identify an important artifact in the collection. 

Playful Performers

View an exhibition that looks at children's masquerades in Africa using objects, photographs, and video presentations.

Posters from the Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) of Puerto Rico, 1949-1989

Examples of Puerto Rican poster art from the late 1940s to the late 1980s are on view.

Preserving Ancient Statues from Jordan

See 8 examples of ancient plaster statues dating from 6500-7000 B.C., excavated in Ain Ghazal, Jordan, in 1985.

Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection, Part I

Part I of this exhibition features U.S. stamps from before 1894 from the Benjamin K. Miller Collection.

Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection, Part II

On view in Part II of this exhibition are U.S. stamps printed from 1894 to the 1920s from the Benjamin K. Miller Collection.

Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries

See 35 limestone sculptures from an extraordinary cache of nearly 400 sixth-century Chinese Buddhist objects that were unearthed in 1996 in Qingzhou, Shandong province, China, at what used to be the site of the Longxing Buddhist temple.

Royal Gifts from the Kingdom of Thailand

View 15 exquisitely crafted gifts from Thai monarchs to the United States and to U.S. presidents  from 1856 to the present.

Science in the News: The Truth about Crystal Skulls

On view for the first time is the Smithsonian's own crystal skull.

Sokari Douglas Camp: Church Ede, A Tribute to Her Father

View an exhibition that showcases the work of Nigerian artist Sokari Douglas Camp (b. 1958). The artist has created figurative works in steel that evoke memories of her youth in southeastern Nigeria.

South Africa 1936-1949: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee

See 79 black and white images taken by Larrabee (b. 1914) in the '30s and '40s that document the lives of African peoples in both rural and urban settings.

Southern Identity: Contemporary Argentine Art (Identidad del Sur: Arte Argentino Contemporaneo)

Gain a contextual overview of Latin American artistic movements and trends reflected in works by 32 of Argentina's best living contemporary artists.

Spectacular Display: The Art of Nkanu Initiation Rituals

View a set of five, polychromed wall panels recently acquired by the museum that are dedicated to art of the Nkanu peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

TEXTures: Word & Symbol in Contemporary African Art

View an exhibition that highlights the creative ways in which 6 contemporary artists combine the acts of writing with a range of media.

The Adventures of Hamza

View approximately 60 illustrations from a manuscript of the Hamzanama (or The Adventures of Hamza) that was made in India for the Mughal Emperor Akbar when he was still a teenager.

The Allure of Pearls

On view in a case in the Winston Gallery are 12 extraordinary pearls that represent the breadth in color, shape, size, and luster of these natural gems.

The Art of Being Kuna: Layers of Meaning Among the Kuna of Panama

See a 300-work exhibition focusing primarily on the "molas" (colorful, richly decorated applique blouses), for which the Kuna of Panama are world-renowned.

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