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orchids: A MOMENT
Hirshhorn Museum orchids: A MOMENT January 14, 2017 – May 14, 2017

The Smithsonian Gardens and United States Botanic Garden 2017 Orchid Exhibition, showcases over 100 orchids in a limited-time display amidst the Hirshhorn’s unique architecture.

Location: Throughout the museum

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 Portrait of Donald J. Trump
Portrait Gallery Portrait of Donald J. Trump January 13, 2017 – February 26, 2017

The photograph, taken in 1989 by photographer Michael O’Brien, shows Trump tossing an apple with his right hand. It was added to the collection in 2011.

Location: 1st Floor

Pumpkin
Hirshhorn Museum Pumpkin December 10, 2016 – Through spring 2017

This marks the U.S. museum debut for the whimsical sculpture, whose surreal scale and bold yellow-and-black pattern embody two of Kusama’s most recognized motifs: pumpkins and polka-dots.

Location: Outdoor Plaza

Gateways/Portales
Anacostia Community Museum Gateways/Portales December 5, 2016 – August 6, 2017

This exhibition explores the experiences of Latino migrants and immigrants in four U.S. metro areas: Washington DC, Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; and Raleigh-Durham, NC.

Solar on the Line
American History Museum Solar on the Line November 29, 2016 – TBD

Solar on the Line explores the innovation and technology behind solar power as a renewable energy resource.

Location: 3rd Floor, Artifact Walls

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Giving in America
American History Museum Giving in America November 29, 2016 – Permanent

Giving in America looks at the history of philanthropy in United States, commemorating the movements and people who made and continue to make a difference.

Location: 3rd Floor, West

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Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait
Portrait Gallery Bill Viola: 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.

Location: 2nd Floor, North

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Gene Davis: Hot Beat
American Art Museum Gene Davis: Hot Beat November 17, 2016 – April 2, 2017

Brightly colored stripes multiply in rhythmic repetitions across the surface of a painting by Gene Davis (1920-1985). Remarkably original when they first appeared in the 1960s, these paintings became the signature expression for one of the leading Color Field painters.

Location: 3rd Floor, North

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Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern
American Art Museum Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern November 11, 2016 – March 19, 2017

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was among the most innovative American sculptors of the twentieth century, creating works that were far ahead of his time. The exhibition is the first full-scale exhibition to explore how the ancient world shaped this artist’s innovative vision for the future.

Location: 1st Floor, West

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For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw
American Indian Museum For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw November 11, 2016 – June 4, 2017

Through the themes of portraiture, community, family, military, and performance, the exhibition gives a glimpse of Native life in 20th-century Oklahoma.

Location: Third Floor

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The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
Sackler Gallery The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts October 22, 2016 – February 20, 2017

Almost seventy sumptuous manuscripts are featured in The Art of the Qur’an, the first major presentation of Qur’ans in the United States.

Location: Sackler Main galleries

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Folk and Self-Taught Art
American Art Museum Folk and Self-Taught Art October 21, 2016 – Ongoing

These galleries serve as a reminder that not all artists are formally trained and that the making of art is as much an act of passion as of intellect.

Location: 1st Floor, West

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21st Annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards
Natural History Museum 21st Annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards October 19, 2016 – September 2017

Named for nature photographer and conservationist, Windland Smith Rice, the 21st annual Nature’s Best Photography Awards exhibition presents a collection of 83 fine art prints accompanied by an HD video. 

Location: 2nd Floor

From the Regenia Perry Collection: The Backyard of Derek Webster's Imagination
Anacostia Community Museum From the Regenia Perry Collection: The Backyard of Derek Webster's Imagination October 17, 2016 – April 23, 2017

This exhibition consists of 9 pieces created between 1980–1996 from the Regenia A. Perry Folk Art Collection within the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum’s folk art collection.

Location: Community Gallery

Healing Arts
African Art Museum Healing Arts October 3, 2016 – Indefinitely

Select pieces from the museum’s permanent collection reveal the skill and range of African artists who create art empowered to counter physical, social, and spiritual problems.

Location: Entry pavilion

Everyone Plays: Sports and Disability
American History Museum Everyone Plays: Sports and Disability October 1, 2016 – March 26, 2017

An explosion of innovation and creativity has led to technological advancements in adaptive sports equipment, allowing disabled athletes to participate in a wide range of sports that they would not otherwise have had access to.

Location: 1st Floor, Center

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By the People: Designing a Better America
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum By the People: Designing a Better America September 30, 2016 – February 26, 2017

The third exhibition of Cooper Hewitt’s humanitarian design series will examine how design is challenging social and economic inequality across America.

Location: 3rd Floor

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Slavery and Freedom
African American History and Culture Museum Slavery and Freedom September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

As the centerpiece of the museum, this exhibition explores the complex story of slavery and freedom, a story standing at the core of our national experience.

Location: Concourse 3

Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876-1968
African American History and Culture Museum Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876-1968 September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

This exhibition takes visitors from the end of Reconstruction through the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Location: Concourse 2

A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
African American History and Culture Museum A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely

This exhibition illustrates the impact of African Americans on life in the United States—social, economic, political, and cultural—from the death of Martin Luther King Jr. to the second election of President Barack Obama.

Location: Concourse 1

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