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Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection
October 30, 2015 – April 10, 2016

Crosscurrents features stellar paintings and sculpture by major American artists Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wayne Thiebaud and others alongside European giants such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

American Art Museum
Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York 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 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
Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards Presents: The Best of the Best Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards Presents: The Best of the Best
October 24, 2015 – Fall 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 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
Jewels of Appalachia Jewels of Appalachia
October 17, 2015 – Indefinitely

Visitors can peer into the underground world of salamanders and learn why the tiny creatures are critical to the Appalachian ecosystem—home to more salamander species than any other region on the planet—as well as what Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists are doing to save them.

National Zoo
Pixar: The Design of Story 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 Hart-Celler Act
October 2, 2015 – May 1, 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
Art Pottery and Glass in America, 1880s-1920s Art Pottery and Glass in America, 1880s-1920s
September 25, 2015 – April 30, 2017

The Arts and Crafts movement in America took hold just as the rising middle class began to realize its potential to purchase more consumer goods. Among the manufacturers featured are the Steuben Glass Works, Phoenix Glass Company, Rookwood Pottery, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Biloxi Art Pottery, Paul Revere Pottery, and Matt Morgan Art Pottery.

American History Museum
Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs 1859-1872 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
Artists' Books and Africa Artists' Books and Africa
September 16, 2015 – September 11, 2016

African artists are experimenting with the genre of artists’ books, while international artists are exploring African themes in theirs. Artists’ Books and Africa is the first exhibition to focus on African artists books from the Smithsonian Libraries’ Warren M. Robbins Library and the National Museum of African Art.

African Art Museum
Science Under Glass Science Under Glass
September 15, 2015 – September 11, 2016

An examination of our collection of scientific glassware, from the 1770s to the 1970s, reveals the underlying story of the growth of laboratory science in America.

American History Museum
Design for Small Spaces Design for Small Spaces
September 5, 2015 – August 31, 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
African Elephant African Elephant
September 4, 2015 – Permanent

Our iconic 12-ton, 14-foot-tall African Elephant has undergone a remake! The new setting explores the evolution of elephants from their earliest predecessors to the three modern-day species. Learn about elephant behavior and the threats facing elephants today. 

Natural History Museum
Perspectives: Lara Baladi 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
The Earliest Known Photograph of the Castle The Earliest Known Photograph of the Castle
August 10, 2015 – Indefinitely

The earliest known photograph of the Castle, taken in 1850 during the building's contruction, is on view.

Smithsonian Castle
PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard
August 3, 2015 – September 2016

More than 500 artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world reveal regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, childhood humiliation, and other compelling confessions

Postal Museum
Vietnam's Ceramics: Depth and Diversity Vietnam's Ceramics: Depth and Diversity
July 11, 2015 – Indefinitely

The twenty-three works in this exhibition reflect the wide variety of form and decoration in vessels for cooking, dining, storage, transport, and ritual. Vietnamese ceramics have been traded across Southeast Asia and to West Asia and Japan since the fourteenth century.

Sackler Gallery
Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' <i>Greek Slave</i> Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' Greek Slave
July 3, 2015 – February 19, 2017

This one-gallery exhibition reveals the inner workings of the studio of Hiram Powers (1805-1873), who was among the most innovative sculptors of the nineteenth century, eagerly adapting long-standing sculpture traditions to new technologies of his age.

American Art Museum
One Life: Dolores Huerta 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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