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Destination Moon
2020 TBA – Permanent

A new, state-of-the-art exhibition called Destination Moon will replace the Apollo to the Moon gallery. Destination Moon will feature many of the key artifacts in the old exhibition, as well as some now in other locations or in storage.

Air and Space Museum
Bill Traylor: Retrospective Bill Traylor: Retrospective
March 16, 2018 – August 19, 2018

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is organizing a major retrospective on the art of Bill Traylor. Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on an Alabama cotton plantation near the town of Benton. After the Civil War, Traylor remained in service on the Traylor plantation until 1929 when he moved to Montgomery. In his eighties, Traylor began to draw and paint. He died in 1949 and left behind more than a thousand works of art.

American Art Museum
American Democracy: The Great Leap of Faith American Democracy: The Great Leap of Faith
Summer 2017 – Ongoing

Explores how a nation committed to the principles of popular sovereignty debated how to make this idealistic vision work and what living in a democracy really means.

American History Museum
Many Voices, One Nation
Opens Summer 2017 – Permanent

Presents the five-hundred-year journey of how many distinct peoples and cultures met, mingled, and created the culture of the United States.

American History Museum
Executive Order 9066 Executive Order 9066
February 2017 – Closing TBA

In 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 and, with a stroke of a pen, reshaped the history of Americans of Japanese descent and upset the delicate balance between the rights of the citizen and the power of the State. In the post-9/11 world, the United States continues to wrestle with the tension between personal freedom and national security.

American History Museum
Bill Viola and the Moving Portrait
November 18, 2016 – May 7, 2017

Video-art pioneer Bill Viola believes that cameras are the keepers of souls. From the moment he first picked up a video camera as an art student in 1970, he was captured by the technology. The exhibition Bill Viola and the Moving Portrait is the National Portrait Gallery’s first exhibition devoted to media art.

Portrait Gallery
In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard
August 19, 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
Chinamania
July 9, 2016 – January 2, 2017

Chinamania, the craze for Chinese blue-and-white ceramics, swept London in the nineteenth century and still endures in the West. Contemporary artist Walter McConnell, inspired by his travels in China and the kilns as Jindgzhen, interrogates this phenomenon through his reinstallation of Kangxi porcelains similar to those originally displayed in the Peacock Room. The show also includes two monumental ceramic stupas from McConnell’s The Theory of Everything series.

Sackler Gallery
Permanent Collection Reinstallation
July 1, 2016 – Indefinitely

A new installation of artworks from the Renwick’s permanent collection opens seven months after the building reopens. Curated by by Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, it highlights new acquisitions, updating the presentation of crafts and decorative arts for the 21st century.

Renwick Gallery
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
Trailblazers: 100 Years of Our National Parks Trailblazers: 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 will explore the myriad—and sometimes surprising—ways that mail moves to, through and from our national parks.

Postal Museum
Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions 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
Senses of Time: Video-and Film-based Works of Africa
May 18, 2016 –

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
Painting with Words: Gentleman Artists of the Ming Dynasty 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 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
Hollywood and TIME: Celebrity Covers Hollywood and TIME: Celebrity Covers
April 1, 2016 – October 2, 2016

Hollywood personalities who once graced theater marquees across America are featured in original cover art commissioned by Time magazine. Included are vintage portraits of stars like Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep, as well as Oscar-winning directors Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen.

Portrait Gallery
Symbolic Cities: The Photography of Ahmed Mater Symbolic Cities: The Photography of Ahmed Mater
March 19, 2016 – September 18, 2016

Born in 1970 in southern Saudi Arabia and trained as a medical doctor, Ahmed Mater has been a practicing artist since the early 1990s, creating works that offer an unparalleled perspective on contemporary Saudi Arabia.

Sackler Gallery
Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains
March 12, 2016 – December 4, 2016

This exhibition reflects the dynamic tradition of narrative art among Native nations from the Great Plains. The exhibition traces the evolution of the art form from historic hides, muslins, and ledger books to more than 50 contemporary works commissioned by the museum.

American Indian Museum Heye Center

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