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In Memoriam: Muhammad Ali
June 6, 2016 – July 6, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of “The Greatest”—Muhammad Ali—with a photograph by Yousuf Karsh. The image, taken in 1970, is installed in the museum’s In Memoriam space. The Portrait Gallery has 14 images of the boxer, including a 1981 painting on the third-floor mezzanine, titled “Cat’s Cradle,” by Henry C. Casselli Jr. Media.

Portrait Gallery
Althea Gibson
June 3, 2016 – June 5, 2016

In May, people voted on Smithsonianmag.com to choose between portraits of Gibson, swimmers Eleanor Holm and Helene Madison, and surfer Duke Kahanamoku. Gibson’s photograph by Genevieve Naylor received the most votes and is on view on the “Recognize” wall.

Portrait Gallery
In Memoriam: Prince
April 22, 2016 – May 31, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of Prince Nelson with a photograph by Lynn Goldsmith. The image was taken in 1993.

Portrait Gallery
Finding: Source Material in the Archives of American Art
April 22, 2016 – August 21, 2016

In this exhibition, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art reveals how artists find inspiration. The ways in which artists draw on source materials provides a glimpse into the twists and turns of their creative practices

Archives of American Art
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
Celebrate: Gregory Peck
April 1, 2016 – April 10, 2016

In honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Portrait Gallery honors his life and legacy with his portrait by Everett Raymond Kinstler on our “Celebrate” wall.

Portrait Gallery
The Blue Note Photographs of Francis Wolff
April 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016

This Archives Center case features photographs of jazz musicians. Francis Wolff was the co-founder of Blue Note Records as well as the photographer who created most of the company’s record album cover images. Large photographic prints on display depict such luminaries as Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman, and Miles Davis in the 1950s-1960s.

American History Museum
In Memoriam: Nancy Reagan
March 7, 2016 – March 28, 2016

A photograph by Aaron Shikler (1922–2015) taken for the January 14, 1985 cover of Time magazine is on view.

Portrait Gallery
No Mountains in the Way
February 26, 2016 – July 31, 2016

In the 1970s, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) conceived a series of photo survey projects, inspired by the epic documentary photography program undertaken by the federal government in the 1930s and 1940s. The installation of 63 vintage prints from this survey of 120 photographs, are all works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection.

American Art Museum
Ray Charles: "The Genius"
February 22, 2016 – July 4, 2016

Ray Charles was one of the most innovative and influential musicians of the 20th century. This display explores his ability to overcome blindness, poverty, and segregation, as well as the musical talent and flair for performance that made him an icon of American music.

American History Museum
Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld's Discovery of Pasargadae
February 13, 2016 – July 31, 2016

Pasargadae was the first capital of the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire (circa 540 BCE) and the last resting place of Cyrus the Great. Featuring selections from the Freer|Sackler Archives’ rich holdings of Ernst Herzfeld’s drawings, notes, and photographs, this exhibition illuminates one of the most important sites of the ancient world.

Sackler Gallery
Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
February 12, 2016 – August 21, 2016

Cooper Hewitt’s renowned Triennial exhibition series showcases some of the most exciting, provocative, and innovative design created around the globe during the previous three years. The 2016 presentation will include a range of works from all areas of design including fashion, product design, interactive design, architecture, scent design, graphics and communications, and more.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Part File Score
January 22, 2016 – April 10, 2016

"Part File Score" (2014) is a recently aquired large-scale multimedia installation by Susan Philipsz. The installation is based on the life and work of film composer Hanns Eisler, a German Jew who immigratred to the United States after his music was banned by the Nazis, only to become an early victim of the infamous Hollywood blacklist of supposed Coummunist sympathizers.

Hirshhorn Museum
George Sidney: Creativity and Innovation in Golden Age Hollywood
January 19, 2016 – March 31, 2016

This Archives Center case explores the career and innovation of award-winning Hollywood director George Sidney, whose classic films include Bathing Beauty, Anchors Aweigh, and The Harvey Girls.

American History Museum
The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art
January 16, 2016 – May 30, 2016

As part of Peacock Room REMIX, this related installation reconstructs how Whistler’s unrealized quest for “the perfection of art” intersected with less-rarified concerns about patronage, payment, and professional reputation.

Sackler Gallery
Tucker automobile #39, 1948
December 9, 2015 – August 22, 2016

Fifty-one nearly identical Tucker automobiles, designed by Tucker, Alex Tremulis, and J. Gordon Lippincott and Company, were built in 1948 before the Tucker Corp. became embroiled in fraud allegations. The car shown here passed through numerous owners and had been repainted and reupholstered.

American History Museum
Robert Motherwell: A Centennial Celebration
November 21, 2015 – March 27, 2016

This exhibition, guest curated by the artist Tim Clifford, marks the 100-year anniversary of the birth of painter Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), through letters, photographs, and rare printed material from collections in the Archives of American Art.

Archives of American Art
Frank Sinatra at 100
November 20, 2015 – July 10, 2016

This small display showcases Frank Sinatra’s contributions to America’s songbook and film history through photographic portraits by Herman Leonard and archival photos from Director George Sidney’ s collection, sheet music, album covers, and posters.

American History Museum
WONDER
November 13, 2015 – July 10, 2016

WONDER, the opening exhibition at the newly renovated Renwick Gallery, features site-specific installations that transform the galleries into a contemporary “cabinet of wonders.”

Renwick Gallery
Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection
October 30, 2015 – April 10, 2016

Crosscurrents features stellar paintings and sculpture by major American artists Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wayne Thiebaud and others alongside European giants such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

American Art Museum

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