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Celebration: Snapshots of African American Communities
September 9, 2016 – December 27, 2016

To celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of American History presents a special display of 25 photographs that reflect the diversity of the African American experience.

American History Museum
Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image
September 9, 2016 – March 6, 2017

Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image is a series of rotating exhibitions drawn from SAAM’s media arts collection.

American Art Museum
Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothko
September 3, 2016 – February 20, 2017

Created more than five centuries apart, an imperial Chinese porcelain dish and a painting by Mark Rothko—unexpectedly brought together in visual dialogue—reveal the immensity of the color red.

Sackler Gallery
Garden Inspirations
September 3, 2016 – September 3, 2017

Drawing inspiration from images in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens, these miniature landscapes are small-scale works of art designed to spur creativity.

Ripley Center
Artworks by African Americans from the Collection
September 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017

In celebration of the 2016 Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, SAAM will displays 184 of its most important artworks by African Americans.

American Art Museum
Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten
August 26, 2016 – March 19, 2017

This installation, presented in celebration of the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, features thirty-nine images, all works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection.

American Art Museum
Still Life with Spirit and Xitle
August 6, 2016 – Summer 2017

Still Life with Spirit and Xitle features a car being crushed by a volcanic boulder with a comical smiley face painted on it by artist Jimmie Durham.

Hirshhorn Museum
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
100 Years of America's National Park Service: Preserve, Enjoy, Inspire
August 4, 2016 – August 2017

The National Park Service turns 100 this year! To celebrate, the National Park Service has teamed up with the National Museum of Natural History to present over 50 images by award-winning photographers, showcasing America's national parks.

Natural History Museum
Laughing Matters
July 22, 2016 – October 3, 2016

Artifacts from two famous comediennes—Carol Burnett and Phyllis Diller—and Miss Piggy herself take center stage in a display that examines how comedy can express contemporary concerns.

American History Museum
Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Gloves and Helmet
July 20, 2016 – July 2017

In commemoration of the 47th anniversary of the first moon landing, Neil Armstrong’s lunar extravehicular gloves and helmet are on display for the first time since 2012.

Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
Sky Blue: Color in Ceramics of the Islamic World
July 16, 2016 – 2017

Shades of turquoise and deep blue sing out from the ceramics of the Islamic world, identifying them across borders. The vessels on view span the ninth through the nineteenth century.

Sackler Gallery
Currents: Water in African Art
July 2016 – Indefintely

Diverse and wide-ranging in material, time period, style, and intended use, the objects in Currents span the continent of Africa to explore the importance of water for both practical and artistic purposes.

African Art Museum
Chinamania
July 9, 2016 – June 4, 2017

Contemporary artist Walter McConnell interrogates the nineteenth century craze for Chinese blue-and-white ceramics through his reinstallation of Kangxi porcelains similar to those originally displayed in the Peacock Room.

 

Sackler Gallery
Perspectives: Michael Joo
July 2, 2016 – July 9, 2017

Inspired by the migration patterns of Korean red-crowned cranes, Brooklyn-based artist Michael Joo has created a monumental installation visualizing the bird's movements as lines in space.

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

This exhibition celebrates some of the most significant airplanes, rockets, and spacecraft in history. They tell tales of ingenuity and courage, war and peace, politics and power, as well as society and culture.

Air and Space Museum
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery
July 1, 2016 – Ongoing

The permanent collection returns to the Renwick Gallery with a dynamic new presentation of 80+ objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world.

Renwick Gallery
Cyrus Field and the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable
July 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016

Using Archives Center collection materials, this display commemorates American businessman and financier Cyrus Field’s accomplishment in laying the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable in July 1866.

American History Museum
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

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