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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 11, 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 – January 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
The Modern Pueblo Paintings of Awa Tsireh The Modern Pueblo Paintings of Awa Tsireh
September 4, 2015 – January 31, 2016

The paintings of Awa Tsireh (1898-1955), also known by his Spanish name, Alfonso Roybal, represent an encounter between the art traditions of native Pueblo peoples in the Southwestern United States and the American modernist art style begun in New York, which spread quickly across the country.

American Art Museum
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
Black Box: Sergio Caballero Black Box: Sergio Caballero
August 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016

The exhibition consists of a single 25-minute film, “Ancha es Castilla” or “N’importe quoi” (2014). These titles loosely translate to “Anything Goes” and “Whatever,” among other renderings, but the artist prefers not to provide translations.

Hirshhorn Museum
Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1914-1971) Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1914-1971)
August 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016

This exhibition of nearly 20 works from the museum’s collection follows Italian contributions to the transnational evolution of abstraction, through movements and tendencies such as futurism, spatialism, op art, and kinetic art.

Hirshhorn Museum
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
Above and Beyond Above and Beyond
August 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Above and Beyond celebrates the power of innovation. Packed with interactive challenges; vehicle concept models and prototypes; immersive media presentations; and inspiring innovator stories, this exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make impossible dreams take flight.

Air and Space Museum
Art of the Gift: Recent Aquisitions Art of the Gift: Recent Aquisitions
July 25, 2015 – December 13, 2015

Art of the Gift celebrates some of the recent and promised gifts made to the museums and archives. Objects on view range from centuries-old Buddhist sculptures from Japan, Southeast Asia, and Tibet to lacquer ware and contemporary photography from Iran.

Sackler Gallery
The Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990-2015 The Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990-2015
July 20, 2015 – December 17, 2015

As part the Smithsonian's commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this display features objects from the national collections that capture the significance and legacy of the ADA through the stories of four people.

American History 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
Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed
July 2, 2015 – April 2017, TBA

Photographer Feodor Pitcairn and poet Ari Trausti Guðmundsson reveal a land of fire, ice, hardy life, and natural beauty. Experience the remote beauty of Iceland, a land sculpted by the elements and forged by active geologic activity.

Natural History Museum
Lego American Flag Lego American Flag
July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

As part of our Innovation wing opening day celebration, visitors to the museum (with the help of Lego Master Builders) built an American flag out of Lego. And not just any flag: it's constructed with 156,000 bricks and is the largest Lego American flag ever built!

American History Museum
The Value of Money The Value of Money
July 1, 2015 – Permanent

The Value of Money examines global histories of exchange, cultural interaction, political change, and innovation through more than 400 objects from the National Museum of American History’s National Numismatic Collection.

American History Museum
Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910
July 1, 2015 – February 26, 2017

Travel with us to the surface of the moon, the center of the earth, and the depths of the ocean—to the fantastic worlds of fiction inspired by 19th-century discovery and invention.

American History Museum

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