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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
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
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
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
Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan
March 5, 2016 – January 29, 2017

The exhibition by the Freer and Sackler Galleries transforms the International Gallery into an Afghan caravanserai, complete with artisan stalls and demonstrations of woodwork, calligraphy, ceramics, and jewelry.

Sackler Gallery
The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire
June 26, 2015 – June 1, 2018

Explores the foundations of the Inka Road in earlier Andean cultures, technologies that made building the road possible, the cosmology and political organization of the Inka world and the legacy of the Inka Empire during the colonial period and in the present day.

American Indian Museum
Experience America
August 14, 2014 – Permanent

The 1930s was a heady time for artists in America. Many of the paintings in Experience America were created in 1934 for a pilot program designed to put artists to work, others under the auspices of the WPA that followed.

American Art Museum
The First Ladies
November 19, 2011 – Indefinitely

Learn how first ladies have shaped the role of first lady as the role of women in society evolved. On view are more than two dozen gowns, including those worn by Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, and Jacqueline Kennedy.

American History Museum

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