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Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern
November 11, 2016 – March 19, 2017

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was among the most innovative American sculptors of the twentieth century, creating works that were far ahead of his time. The exhibition is the first full-scale exhibition to explore how the ancient world shaped this artist’s innovative vision for the future.

American Art Museum
Muppets and Marionettes
November 1, 2016 – January 2017

In time for the winter holidays, this showcase presents a selection of Muppets and marionetts from the museum’s collection illustrating the evolution of puppetry.

American History Museum
Folk and Self-Taught Art
October 21, 2016 – Permanent

The works in SAAM’s galleries for folk and self-taught art represent the powerful vision of America’s untrained and vernacular artists, embodying diverse American narratives and reminding us that creativity flourishes independent of formal art training.

American Art Museum
From Royal Mail to Public Post
October 21, 2016 – January 16, 2017

To mark the United Kingdom postal service's 500th anniversary, a temporary display of original documents from 1635 and 1840 is presented.

Postal Museum
The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
October 15, 2016 – February 20, 2017

In recognition of one of the world’s extraordinary collections of Qur’ans, the Freer|Sackler is hosting a landmark exhibition, the first of its kind in the United States. Some fifty of the most sumptuous manuscripts from Herat to Istanbul will be featured.

Sackler Gallery
Ragnar Kjartansson
October 14, 2016 – January 8, 2017

This exhibition will be the first comprehensive mid-career survey of Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson (b. Reykjavik, 1976) and will chart his wide-ranging practice across film, performance, painting, and drawing.

Hirshhorn Museum
Everyone Plays: Sports and Disability
October 1, 2016 – March 2017 TBA

An explosion of innovation and creativity has led to technological advancements in adaptive sports equipment, allowing disabled athletes to participate in a wide range of sports that they would not otherwise have had access to.

American History Museum
By the People: Designing a Better America
September 30, 2016 – February 26, 2017

The third exhibition of Cooper Hewitt’s humanitarian design series will examine how design is challenging social and economic inequality across America.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Slavery and Freedom
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

As the centerpiece of the museum, this exhibition explores the complex story of slavery and freedom, a story standing at the core of our national experience.

African American History and Culture Museum
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876-1968
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

This exhibition takes visitors from the end of Reconstruction through the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

African American History and Culture Museum
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

This exhibition illustrates the impact of African Americans on life in the United States—social, economic, political, and cultural—from the death of Martin Luther King Jr. to the second election of President Barack Obama.

African American History and Culture Museum
Power of Place
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

Experience the broad diversity of African American life and regional cultures in communities that took root in different areas of the country.

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

This exhibition tells the story of African American music from the arrival of the first Africans to today’s hip-hop.

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

This exhibition serves as an introduction to the concept of African American and African diaspora culture. It examines style, food and foodways, artistry, and creativity through craftsmanship, social dance, and gesture, and language.

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
A Century in the Making: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture
September 24, 2016 – Ongoing

This exhibit explores the journey toward fulfillment of the long-held dream of building the museum, providing an overview of the century-long struggle that began in 1915 and its culminating achievements.

African American History and Culture Museum

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