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Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York
October 29, 2015 – February 15, 2016

The first major museum exhibition devoted to a comprehensive view of the movement’s three-dimensional works brings together more than 100 works created by more than 20 artists from France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Hirshhorn Museum
Directions: Shana Lutker: Le 'NEW' Monocle, Chapters 1-3
October 29, 2015 – February 15, 2016

New sculptural work by contemporary American artist Shana Lutker based on historic fistfights involving surrealist artists.

Hirshhorn Museum
Sotatsu: Making Waves
October 24, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Making Waves is the first in-depth examination of this major Japanese artist. The exhibition convenes for the first time more than seventy of Sotatsu’s masterpieces from collections in Japan, Europe, and the United States, along with homage pieces by later artists that demonstrate his long-ranging influence.

Sackler Gallery
Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards Presents: The Best of the Best
October 24, 2015 – August 14, 2016

Enjoy 20 years of nature's finest moments in the "Best of the Best" photo exhibition. This collection brings dramatic landscapes, exciting wildlife behavior, and surprising glimpses of Earth's icy peaks to mysterious ocean depths.

Natural History Museum
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty
October 23, 2015 – March 20, 2016

Some 160 photographs by Irving Penn demonstrate his legacy as a modern master and place him in the context of the contemporary moment.

American Art Museum
Pixar: The Design of Story
October 8, 2015 – August 7, 2016

This exhibition examines the design process behind Pixar Animation Studios and films such as Toy Story, Wall-E, Up, Brave, The Incredibles, and Cars, among others. Focusing on the process of iteration, collaboration and research, Pixar features original artwork, including rarely seen hand-drawn sketches, paintings, and sculptures.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Hart-Celler Act
October 2, 2015 – May 5, 2016

The display marks the 50th anniversary of the Act with a selection of Latino-related artifacts. The Hart-Celler Act had far-reaching effects upon immigration to the United States by opening the possibility of coming to this nation for many people from around the world.

American History Museum
Billy Strayhorn: A Lush Life
October 2, 2015 – January 18, 2016

This Archives Center case commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of William “Billy” Strayhorn on November 29, 1915. Drawn from several collections in the Archives Center, it examines the pros and cons of his musical partnership with Duke Ellington as well as his career apart from Ellington.

American History Museum
Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs 1859-1872
September 18, 2015 – March 13, 2016

Alexander Gardner created dramatic and vivid photographs of battlefields, which included images of the recently dead. After the war, Gardner went west, creating unforgettable pictures of western landscape and portraits of American Indians. This exhibition also includes the iconic cracked-plate portrait of President Abraham Lincoln taken on February 5, 1865.

Portrait Gallery
Design for Small Spaces
September 5, 2015 – August 30, 2016

From fairy gardens to green walls, vignettes in this exhibit feature pieces from the Smithsonian Gardens’ Garden Furnishing Collection and plants grown at the Smithsonian Gardens Greenhouses. 

Ripley Center
The Modern Pueblo Paintings of Awa Tsireh
September 4, 2015 – January 31, 2016

The paintings of Awa Tsireh (1898-1955), also known by his Spanish name, Alfonso Roybal, represent an encounter between the art traditions of native Pueblo peoples in the Southwestern United States and the American modernist art style begun in New York, which spread quickly across the country.

American Art Museum
Perspectives: Lara Baladi
August 29, 2015 – June 5, 2016

Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi (born 1969) experiments with the photographic medium, investigating its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East—particularly Egypt, where she is based. 

Sackler Gallery
Recognize: Roberto Clemente
August 25, 2015 – November 1, 2015

The museum’s historians and curators selected three players’ portraits for the public to choose from: Roberto Clemente, Babe Ruth or Sandy Koufax. Thousands of votes were cast on Smithsonianmag.com, and Charles “Teenie” Harris’ photograph of Clemente received the most votes for dipslay.

Portrait Gallery
Black Box: Sergio Caballero
August 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016

The exhibition consists of a single 25-minute film, “Ancha es Castilla” or “N’importe quoi” (2014). These titles loosely translate to “Anything Goes” and “Whatever,” among other renderings, but the artist prefers not to provide translations.

Hirshhorn Museum
Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1914-1971)
August 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016

This exhibition of nearly 20 works from the museum’s collection follows Italian contributions to the transnational evolution of abstraction, through movements and tendencies such as futurism, spatialism, op art, and kinetic art.

Hirshhorn Museum
Little Black Books: Address Books from the Archives of American Art
August 7, 2015 – November 1, 2015

This exhibition showcases a selection of personal address books of influential American artists, from Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner to Joseph Cornell and Ad Reinhardt. Like diaries, these pocket-sized books, their dog-eared pages grimy with tangled ink and pencil marks, reveal much about their owners.

Archives of American Art
Above and Beyond
August 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Above and Beyond celebrates the power of innovation. Packed with interactive challenges; vehicle concept models and prototypes; immersive media presentations; and inspiring innovator stories, this exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make impossible dreams take flight.

Air and Space Museum
Art of the Gift: Recent Aquisitions
July 25, 2015 – December 13, 2015

Art of the Gift celebrates some of the recent and promised gifts made to the museums and archives. Objects on view range from centuries-old Buddhist sculptures from Japan, Southeast Asia, and Tibet to lacquer ware and contemporary photography from Iran.

Sackler Gallery
The Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990-2015
July 20, 2015 – January 31, 2016

As part the Smithsonian's commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this display features objects from the national collections that capture the significance and legacy of the ADA through the stories of four people.

American History Museum
One Life: Dolores Huerta
July 3, 2015 – May 15, 2016

One Life: Dolores Huerta highlights the significant role of this Latina leader in the California farm workers movement of the 1960s and 70s. It illuminates Huerta as the co-founder, with Cesar Chavez, of the United Farm Workers (UFW), and highlights her position as the union’s lobbyist and contract negotiator.

Portrait Gallery

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