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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
Double Take: Daguerreian Portrait Pairs
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
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
Fragile Beasts
June 11, 2016 – January 16, 2017

Fragile Beasts features nearly 75 ornament prints and drawings from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The exhibition highlights rarely seen works on paper from Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection, as well as several books from Cooper Hewitt’s rare book collection.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Trailblazing: 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 explores 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
Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection
June 9, 2016 – August 6, 2016

This new rehanging of the third-level permanent collection galleries, features highlights of Joseph Hirshhorn’s original gift alongside some of the newest additions to the collection. Featuring more than 75 works in virtually all media, the exhibition includes several major artworks returning to view after more than a decade, such as Jean-Paul Riopelle’s 1964 Large Triptych, as well as in-depth installations devoted to some of the most important artists in the collection.

Hirshhorn Museum
Turtle Ocean
June 8, 2016 – Closing TBD

An art installation 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
In Memoriam: Muhammad Ali
June 6, 2016 – TBA

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of “The Greatest”—Muhammad Ali—with a photograph by Yousuf Karsh. The image, taken in 1970, is installed in the museum’s In Memoriam space. The Portrait Gallery has 14 images of the boxer, including a 1981 painting on the third-floor mezzanine, titled “Cat’s Cradle,” by Henry C. Casselli Jr. Media.

Portrait Gallery
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: Art to Save the Sea
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 – TBA

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
Lincoln's Contemporaries
May 13, 2016 – May 12, 2019

This exhibition features Mathew Brady’s portraits of twenty celebrities—from showman P.T. Barnum and inventor Samuel Morse to musician Teresa Carreño and clergyman Henry Ward Beecher—who reflect the diversity of American intellectual and cultural life during Lincoln’s presidency.

Portrait Gallery
Linn Meyers: Our View from Here
May 12, 2016 – May 14, 2017

Linn Meyers creates her largest work to date, Our View from Here, at the Hirshhorn this spring. The site-specific wall drawing, which occupies the entire circumference of the inner ring galleries covers nearly 400 linear feet.

Hirshhorn Museum
Energizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection
April 28, 2016 – March 12, 2017

From radios to furniture, the exhibition displays some of the most influential objects in the history of modernism, alongside contextual works drawn from the museum’s collection.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Prince's "Yellow Cloud" Electric Guitar
April 26, 2016 – September 5, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recognizes the life and legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson (1958 – 2016) by displaying his “Yellow Cloud” electric guitar.

American History Museum
Finding: Source Material in the Archives of American Art
April 22, 2016 – August 21, 2016

In this exhibition, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art reveals how artists find inspiration. The Archives’ collections hold a kaleidoscopic array of source materials; many of these materials are somewhat ordinary: comic- strip panels, newspaper clippings, and snapshots of mundane scenes. Yet the ways in which artists draw on them provides a glimpse into the twists and turns of their creative practices

Archives of American Art
Painting with Words: Gentleman Artists of the Ming Dynasty
April 16, 2016 – July 24, 2016

Poetry, painting, and calligraphy: Known as the “Three Perfections,” these genres were regarded as the ultimate expressions of Chinese literati culture during the Ming dynasty (1369–1644). Painting with Words celebrates Wu School works, examining the relationship between their imagery, brushstrokes, and, especially, words.

Sackler Gallery
Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change
April 7, 2016 – September 5, 2016

Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change is a major exhibition by one of the leading postwar American artists. It is the first museum survey devoted to Irwin’s work in the pivotal decade of the 1960s.

Hirshhorn Museum

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