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Making a Way Out of No Way
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

Learn how African Americans acted to change and build their lives in the midst of racial oppression. The exhibition showcases the stories of individuals whose lives exemplified this struggle, as well as the organizations and institutions that provided strength and support for the black community.

African American History and Culture Museum
Military History
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

Learn about the service and sacrifice of African American soldiers, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and sailors.

African American History and Culture Museum
Sports: Leveling the Playing Field
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

Learn how African Americans have contributed to sports in American and how sports have helped people respond to injustice.

African American History and Culture Museum
Taking the Stage
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

See how African Americans transformed the ways they are represented onstage by challenging racial discrimination and stereotypes and striving to produce more positive, authentic, and diverse images of African American identity and experience.

African American History and Culture Museum
Visual Arts Gallery
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

Paintings, sculpture, works on paper, art installations, mixed media, photography, and digital media illustrate the critical role that African American artists played in shaping the history of American art.

African American History and Culture Museum
Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational 2016
September 9, 2016 – January 8, 2017

The seventh installment of the Renwick Gallery's biennial series celebrates artists deserving of wider national recognition presents the work of Steven Young Lee, Kristen Morgin, Jennifer Trask, and Norwood Viviano.

Renwick Gallery
In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard
August 5, 2016 – February 20, 2017

This exhibition from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery features Leonard’s iconic images of jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, and Sarah Vaughan.

Portrait Gallery
July 9, 2016 – January 2, 2017

Chinamania, the craze for Chinese blue-and-white ceramics, swept London in the nineteenth century and still endures in the West. Contemporary artist Walter McConnell, inspired by his travels in China and the kilns as Jindgzhen, interrogates this phenomenon through his reinstallation of Kangxi porcelains similar to those originally displayed in the Peacock Room. The show also includes two monumental ceramic stupas from McConnell’s The Theory of Everything series.

Sackler Gallery
Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
July 1, 2016 – Permanent

This major renovation and upgrade of NASM’s central entry space includes the relocation of the Lunar Lander to the center of the museum, greater interpretive material for all the artifacts in the gallery.

Air and Space Museum
Connections: Contemporary Craft from the Permanent Collection at the Renwick Gallery
July 1, 2016 – Indefinitely

Curated by by Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman curator of craft, this installation of artworks from the Renwick's permanent collection highlights new acquisitions, updating the presentation of crafts and decorative arts for the 21st century.

Renwick Gallery
One Life: Babe Ruth
June 24, 2016 – May 21, 2017

Babe Ruth's memorable persona is highlighted in a selection of historic prints, photographs and personal paraphernalia representing “the Babe” both as a Yankee slugger and a national celebrity.

Portrait Gallery
Doubletake: Paired Daguerreain Portraits
June 17, 2016 – June 4, 2017

This show highlights the depth of the National Portrait Gallery’s early photography collection, featuring fourteen historic daguerreotypes—two portraits each of famous mid-19th century figures, including Frederick Douglass, Jenny Lind, Zachary Taylor, and Jefferson Davis.

Portrait Gallery
Romaine Brooks
June 17, 2016 – October 2, 2016

This exhibition brings together 50 paintings and drawings from the museum’s permanent collection. Toward the end of her life, Romaine Brooks made several generous donations of her paintings and drawings to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

American Art Museum
Trailblazers: 100 Years of Our National Parks
June 9, 2016 – March 25, 2018

Featuring original postage stamp art from the United States Postal Service and artifacts loaned by the National Park Service, the exhibition will explore the myriad—and sometimes surprising—ways that mail moves to, through and from our national parks.

Postal Museum
Bettina Pousttchi: World Time Clock
June 9, 2016 – October 2, 2016

Over the last seven years, artist Bettina Pousttchi traveled around the globe creating World Time Clock, a serial work that consists of twenty-four photographs taken in twenty-four different time zones, in cities as far-flung as Bangkok, Auckland, Mexico City, and Tashkent. Displayed together, these images suggest both a sense of suspended time and, in the artist’s words, “imaginary synchronism.”

Hirshhorn Museum
Turtle Ocean
June 8, 2016 – TBD

An art installation by the Washed Ashore Project composed entirely of recycled plastic trash and marine debris, Turtle Ocean depicts an entangled Hawksbill turtle swimming in an environment of water bottle sea jellies and beached flip flop anemones along with marine debris seaweed and coral made of old buoys, crates, and buckets.

Natural History Museum
Power Machinery
Reopens late May 2016 – Permanent

This hall follows the development of the increasingly efficient power machinery that helped the United States become a world leader during the Industrial Revolution.

American History Museum
Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions
May 27, 2016 – September 5, 2016

Martin Puryear (b. 1945) is one of the leading sculptors of his generation, whose work is recognized internationally for its evocative forms and exquisite craftsmanship. The exhibition explores reoccurring forms across time and medium in Puryear’s sculptures, drawings, and prints.

American Art Museum
Washed Ashore
May 27, 2016 – September 5, 2016

Experience Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a larger-than-life exhibit of 17 marine wildlife sculptures—from jellyfish to sharks—made entirely of plastic pollution directly recovered from oceans. The sculptures represent more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in oceans, illustrating the devastating effects of the ocean's deadliest predator—trash.

National Zoo
Senses of Time: Video-and Film-based Works of Africa
May 18, 2016 –

Six internationally recognized African artists examine how time is experienced—and produced—by the body.Time-based works by Sammy Baloji, Theo Eshetu, Moataz Nasr, Berni Searle, Yinka Shonibare MBE, and Sue Williamson repeat, resist, and reverse the expectation that time must move relentlessly forward.

African Art Museum

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