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Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
November 11, 2011 – January 29, 2012

See more than 30 exquisitely detailed embroidered and appliqued fabric panels that tell the story of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz's harrowing escape from the Nazis as a young girl and her voyage to freedom in America.

Ripley Center
Directions: Empire³
November 10, 2011 – March 25, 2012

Three time-based media responses to the Empire State Building in New York City by Andy Warhol, Douglas Gordon, and Wolfgang Staehle are presented.

Hirshhorn Museum
Silk Road Luxuries from China
November 5, 2011 – January 3, 2016

View exceptional examples of tableware and other functional objects crafted by Chinese artisans, who were influenced by new techniques and materials used in foreign luxury goods that were traded along the Silk Road.

Freer Gallery
Cranes and Clouds: The Korean Art of Ceramic Inlay
November 5, 2011 – January 3, 2016

See how the distinctive Korean ceramic decoration technique -- sanggam -- that made stamped or carved motifs appear to float within a limpid green glaze evolved.

Freer Gallery
Chinese Ceramics: 10th-13th Century
November 5, 2011 – January 3, 2015

Chinese ceramics highlight glazes and the skills of Song dynasty artisans.

Freer Gallery
Words Cannot Express: Death in the Archives
October 31, 2011 – December 31, 2011

See how the art world responds to the death of one of their own—from letters of condolence and drafts of eulogies to firsthand accounts of artists’ funerals and expressions of personal loss.

Archives of American Art
A Song for the Horse Nation
October 29, 2011 – January 7, 2013

Witness the epic story of the horse's influence on American Indian tribes from the 1600s to the present.

American Indian Museum
Carl Beam
October 29, 2011 – April 15, 2012

See many of Carl Beam's Ojibwe, 1943-2005) epic works in this retrospective.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
The Black List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
October 28, 2011 – April 22, 2012

Photographs of 50 prominent African Americans from various professions, disciplines, and backgrounds redefine the word "blacklist."

Portrait Gallery
Jessie Cohen: An Eye for Animals
October 27, 2011 – December 31, 2012

See stunning animal portraits by long-time Zoo photographer Jessie Cohen.

National Zoo
The Evolving Universe
October 21, 2011 – July 9, 2013

Full-color photographs capture the awe-inspiring beauty of the cosmos as seen through high-powered terrestrial and orbiting telescopes.

Natural History Museum
Frank Kameny
October 21, 2011 – April 8, 2012

See three posters used by gay-rights activist Frank Kameny (1925-2011).

American History Museum
Design with the Other 90%: CITIES
October 15, 2011 – January 9, 2012

This exhibition examines the complex issues arising from the unprecedented rate of urban growth projected to take place over the next 20 years in informal settlements (on view in the lobby of the United Nations Visitors Centre, 1st Avenue at 46th Street).

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories
October 14, 2011 – January 22, 2012

More than 50 artifacts and 100 works of art reveal Gertrude Stein in her many roles.

Portrait Gallery
Steve Jobs Portrait
October 12, 2011 – March 1, 2012

View a portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (1955-2011) by photographer Diana Walker.

Portrait Gallery
"Something of Splendor": Decorative Arts from the White House
October 1, 2011 – May 6, 2012

Organized in honor of the 50th anniversary of the White House Historical Association, this exhibition traces the history of the decorative arts in the nation's foremost home through approximately 100 objects made by celebrated artists of the day.

Renwick Gallery
Andy Warhol: Shadows
September 25, 2011 – January 15, 2012

Take this rare opportunity to see Andy Warhol's Shadows—102 large paintings extending almost 450 linear feet—in its entirety.

Hirshhorn Museum
Power/Play: China's Empress Dowager
September 24, 2011 – January 29, 2012

This exhibition provides a compelling and immersive exploration of the Empress Dowager Cixi -- supreme leader of China for more than 45 years-- through 35 glass-plate negatives, two original prints, and film clips.

Sackler Gallery
Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century
September 17, 2011 – June 10, 2012

See how the lives of Native American people of the American Southwest were changed by the arrival of the railroads after 1881.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley
September 14, 2011 – February 12, 2012

See more than 150 works created by the diverse people of the Benue River Valley in Central Nigeria - the source of the most abstract, dramatic, and inventive sculpture in sub-Saharan Africa.

African Art Museum

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