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Directions: Walead Beshty: Legibility on Color Backgrounds
April 30, 2009 – September 13, 2009

Beshty creates photographs and sculptures that reconsider some of the fundamental premises of modern art.

Hirshhorn Museum
I Do Solemnly Swear: Photographs of the 2009 Inauguration
April 29, 2009 – July 12, 2009

This exhibition features approximately 50 framed color and black-and-white photographs highlighting the week-long events surrounding the historic Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.

American History Museum
Black Box: Guido van der Werve
April 20, 2009 – October 11, 2009

Guido Van der Werve is multi-talented, focusing first on painting, then performance art, and finally, film.

Hirshhorn Museum
Reflections-Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century
April 10, 2009 – August 16, 2009

This exhibition of approximately 75 works probes the complex issues of understanding self-identity in the past century.

Portrait Gallery
Universal Dimensions: The Space Art of Wang Ming
April 9, 2009 – October 9, 2009

See 35 works by Chinese painter and former air traffic controller Wang Ming.

Air and Space Museum
Writing, Carving, and Rubbing: China's Calligraphic Arts
April 4, 2009 – October 25, 2009

Follow the evolution of Chinese calligraphy through six major script types in the past three millenniums.

Freer Gallery
Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composers and Their Signature Works
April 4, 2009 – June 28, 2009

Two of the greatest jazz composers were Duke Ellington (1899-1974) and Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967). This exhibition examines two of their most ubiquitous pieces.

American History Museum
Of the Moment: A Video Sampler from the Archives of American Art
April 4, 2009 – July 27, 2009

See video highlights from the Archives' collections that document scenes from the lives of selected artists.

Archives of American Art
Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas
April 1, 2009 – July 26, 2009

Explore 500 years of the visual culture and history of the water spirit, Mami Wata, that is celebrated throughout much of Africa and the African Atlantic world.

African Art Museum
Claude "Fiddler" Williams and the Kansas City Jazz Scene
April 1, 2009 – May 29, 2009

The archival materials in these cases introduce Claude "Fiddler" Williams and the Kansas City jazz scene. An American jazz violinist and guitarist, Williams was known for his swinging, bluesy style. 

American History Museum
Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture
March 27, 2009 – August 2, 2009

This exhibition examines the artistry of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) who harnessed the power of portraiture and self-portraiture to secure his reputation as an iconoclast and establish himself as a major figure in the art world.

Portrait Gallery
Design Models: National Museum of African American History and Culture's Architectural Design Competition
March 27, 2009 – April 19, 2009

View six architectural design models submitted to the Smithsonian in a design competition for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture to be built on the Mall and completed in 2015.

Smithsonian Castle
The Tale of Shuten Doji
March 21, 2009 – September 20, 2009

Explore modes of visual narration through the museum's exceptional collection of works illustrating the Tale of Shuten Doji.

Sackler Gallery
Moving Perspectives: Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba and Fiona Tan
March 14, 2009 – July 5, 2009

See video works by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba and Fiona Tan that provide rich sensory experiences of the many changes taking place in contemporary Asia.

Sackler Gallery
The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene
March 13, 2009 – June 7, 2009

On view are approximately 130 objects designed by brothers Charles and Henry Greene, including beautifully inlaid furniture crafted from exotic hardwoods, artfully executed stained glass and metalwork, as well as rare architectural drawings and photographs.

Renwick Gallery
Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War
March 6, 2009 – March 8, 2009

Eliot Landau's award-winning philatelic exhibition combines philately, ephemera, and artifacts in an engaging exploration of Lincoln's presidency, the Civil War, and Black History.

Postal Museum
Comic Art Indigene
March 6, 2009 – May 31, 2009

Explore how the new narrative art forms of comics and comic-inspired art incorporate storytelling to express the contemporary Native American experience.

American Indian Museum
Shahzia Sikander Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection
March 6, 2009 – September 7, 2009

Explore the relationship between the present and the past and the richness of multicultural identities with internationally acclaimed artist Shahzia Sikander, who serves as the ninth guest curator of the Selects exhibition.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Fashioning Felt
March 6, 2009 – September 7, 2009

Explore the varied new uses of felt -- an ancient material, believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Staff Photo Contest Winners: 2008
March 4, 2009 – May 31, 2009

View 36 winning entries that showcase the talent and diverse work and interests of the Smithsonian community.

Ripley Center

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