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Glimpse of the Past: A Neighborhood Evolves
March 5, 2010 – September 25, 2011

Experience the sights, scenes, and beautiful buildings that make up the ever-changing Penn Quarter neighborhood in downtown Washington, D.C.

Portrait Gallery
Fifty Years of Lasers
March 5, 2010 – May 28, 2012

Learn about the invention of early lasers and how they were put to practical use in this case.

American History Museum
A Letter from George Washington, November 30, 1785
February 25, 2010 – May 7, 2010

On view is the letter George Washington wrote on November 30, 1785, to David Stuart, a trusted associate and stepfather to Washington's grandchildren.

American History Museum
The Sant Ocean Hall Focus Gallery: Deeper Than Light
February 20, 2010 – May 23, 2010

This exhibition retraces a team of scientists' journey into this relatively undiscovered world using art, images, models, and multimedia.

Natural History Museum
Quicktake: Tato Nano
February 18, 2010 – April 25, 2010

Enjoy a bright, sunshine yellow Nano, "the people's car" from India, along with diagrams and a short film describing its concept, development and production.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration
February 13, 2010 – April 11, 2010

This exhibition presents more than 60 of Albers' works from the museum's collection, along with key objects on loan from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation on view for the first time.

Hirshhorn Museum
From FDR to Obama: Presidents on Time
February 12, 2010 – September 26, 2010

The show includes approximately 30 works of presidential cover art, representing a variety of mediums, from traditional oil paintings to a pop-art sculpture bust of Richard Nixon made from strips of newspaper headlines.

Portrait Gallery
Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan
February 12, 2010 – May 9, 2010

These 80 photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan (1840-1882), photographer for government-sponsored geological surveys and expeditions, go beyond mere documentation of newly explored landscapes; they show a forthright and rigorous style formed in response to the American West.

American Art Museum
Quicktake: Rodarte
February 11, 2010 – March 14, 2010

Find out about Rodarte, founded in 2005 by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, widely acclaimed for its daring and conceptural fashion collections.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Ancient Near Eastern Art
February 3, 2010 – April 30, 2012

See an extraordinary selection of silver-gilt ceremonial vessels, created in Iran during the Sasanian Empire (ca. 224-651).

Freer Gallery
A Rare Encounter: The Hope and Wittelsbach-Graff Diamonds
January 29, 2010 – September 6, 2010

The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond is displayed together with the Hope Diamond for the first time.

Natural History Museum
Graphic Masters III: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
January 15, 2010 – August 8, 2010

View watercolors, pastels, and drawings from the 1960s to the 1990s that illustrate the extraordinary variety and accomplishment of works on paper by American artists.

American Art Museum
Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America
January 15, 2010 – April 25, 2010

See rare artifacts and photographs from more than 400 communities that explore the role of Catholic sisters in American life.

Ripley Center
One Life: Echoes of Elvis
January 8, 2010 – August 29, 2010

This exhibition features Elvis Presley and celebrates the 75th anniversary of his birth.

Portrait Gallery
Cornucopia: Ceramics from Southern Japan
December 19, 2009 – January 9, 2011

Discover the engaging variety of local styles of glazing and decoration invented by Kyushu potters over three centuries.

Freer Gallery
Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America
December 11, 2009 – August 8, 2010

This exhibition features rare and archival photographs and film of Native skaters, as well as skatedecks from Native companies and contemporary artists, to celebrate the vibrancy, creativity, and controversy of American Indian and Native Hawaiian skate culture.

American Indian Museum Heye Center
Bobcat Machines
November 30, 2009 – January 17, 2010

On view are photographs, product literature, advertisements, and other documents related to the Bobcat Co.

American History Museum
Black Box: Phoebe Greenberg
November 30, 2009 – April 11, 2010

Curator and arts advocate Phoebe Greenberg worked with Caroline Binet, Denis Villeneuve, Jacques Davidts, and a feature film-style team to bring this part dream, part morality tale scenario to life.

Hirshhorn Museum
Moving Perspectives: Yeondoo Jung
November 21, 2009 – March 14, 2010

Step into the dreams and memories of others through photography and video by Yeondoo Jung (b. 1969, Jinju, Korea).

Sackler Gallery
Season's Greetings: Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art
November 20, 2009 – January 10, 2010

Kindle your holiday spirit with this exhibition of artist's hand-made holiday cards from the collections of the Archives of American Art.

Archives of American Art

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