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150th Commemoration of the Civil War: The Death of Ellsworth

The National Portrait Gallery marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War through a series of four alcove exhibitions -- one each year -- commemorating this period of American history. The first of these exhibitions recounts the death of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, a friend of President Lincoln, in Alexandria, Virginia.

1812: A Nation Emerges

Learn about key people who influenced the outcome of the War of 1812, which transformed and unified the United States.

A Concrete Vision: Oshogbo Art in the 1960s

View works by 11 Nigerian artists of the Oshogbo Movement, center of a major artistic renaissance.

A Measure of Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets

See a collection of modern baskets that reveal the central role basketry has played in the everyday life of Americans.

A Personal Journey: Central African Art from the Collection of Lawrence Gussman

View an exhibition from the Lawrence Gussman collection including 75 objects representing 30 African cultures.

A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection

This exhibition features 66 objects produced in the 1980s and 1990s from the Charles and Fleur Bresler Collection to highlight contemporary wood turning's growing sophistication.

A Song for the Horse Nation

The story of the horse's influence on American Indian tribes from the 1600s to the present is depicted.

A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic

Learn about the achievements of women in the late 18th century and see portraits of eight prominent American women of the period.

Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art

Take a look at the life and work of this "soul painter."

African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

See some 90 African art objects that were inspired by astronomical observations and phenomena, including rainbows and eclipses.

African Forms in the Furniture of Pierre Legrain

See an exhibition that explores the influence African chairs and stools had on the work of French artist Pierre Legrain (1889-1929), who is credited as one of the founders of the Art Deco style.

African Gold from the Glassell Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

See approximately 135 works of art that represent the rich diversity of Akan gold work and royal regalia from Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa.

African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection

This exhibition showcases museum purchases and gifts and provides a glimpse into the collecting opportunities and decisions that exist for art museums.

African Vision: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection

View 88 pieces representing 20 African countries and 75 peoples that covers 5 centuries of African art, and includes most major styles.

Airmail in America

This exhibition examines the critical role the postal system played in the creation of America's commercial aviation industry.

Alphabetilately: An Alphabet of Philately

This exhibition presents an alphabet of philately through 26 topics, in which each letter stands for some aspect of stamp collecting or the sending of mail.

American Kaleidoscope: Themes and Perspectives in Recent Art

Works by 14 contemporary American artists address the unity, variety, and continuity of American culture.


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