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Inauguration 2017: 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.

Portrait Gallery
In Memoriam: John Glenn
December 9, 2016 – January 9, 2017

The National Portrait Gallery celebrates the accomplishments of astronaut and Senator John Glenn with a watercolor and graphite portrait by Henry C. Caselli Jr.

Portrait Gallery
Muppets and Puppets
November 23, 2016 – January 22, 2017

In time for the winter holidays, this showcase presents a selection of Muppets and marionetts from the museum’s collection illustrating the evolution of puppetry.

American History Museum
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.

Sackler Gallery
From Royal Mail to Public Post
October 21, 2016 – January 16, 2017

To mark the United Kingdom postal service's 500th anniversary, a temporary display of original documents from 1635 and 1840 is presented.

Postal Museum
Celebrate: Bob Dylan
October 17, 2016 – October 30, 2016

The National Portrait Gallery celebrates the accomplishments of the singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature Oct. 13.

Portrait Gallery
Ragnar Kjartansson
October 14, 2016 – January 8, 2017

This exhibition is the first comprehensive mid-career survey of Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson and charts his wide-ranging practice across film, performance, painting, and drawing.

Hirshhorn 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.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
In Memoriam: Arnold Palmer
September 26, 2016 – October 30, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of professional golfer Arnold Palmer with an oil painting by Paul Burns installed in the museum’s “In Memoriam” space. 

Portrait Gallery
Notes from the Desert: Photographs by Gauri Gill
September 17, 2016 – February 12, 2017

Since the late 1990s, Gauri Gill has been photographing marginalized communities in western Rajasthan, India. Featuring nearly sixty of her prints, this exhibition showcases Gill's work in the remote desert region.

Sackler Gallery
Model of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
September 16, 2016 – January 31, 2017

The architectural design model submitted by Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroupJJR to the Museum design competition in 2011 is on view.

Smithsonian Castle
Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational 2016
September 9, 2016 – January 16, 2017

The seventh installment of the Renwick Gallery's biennial series celebrates artists deserving of wider national recognition presents the work of Steven Young Lee, Kristen Morgin, Jennifer Trask, and Norwood Viviano.

Renwick Gallery
Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothko
September 3, 2016 – February 20, 2017

Created more than five centuries apart, an imperial Chinese porcelain dish and a painting by Mark Rothko—unexpectedly brought together in visual dialogue—reveal the immensity of the color red.

Sackler Gallery
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
Laughing Matters
July 22, 2016 – January 22, 2017

Artifacts from two famous comediennes—Carol Burnett and Phyllis Diller—and Miss Piggy herself take center stage in a display that examines how comedy can express contemporary concerns.

American History Museum
Cyrus Field and the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable
July 1, 2016 – November 27, 2016

Using Archives Center collection materials, this display commemorates American businessman and financier Cyrus Field’s accomplishment in laying the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable in July 1866.

American History Museum
Romaine Brooks
June 17, 2016 – October 2, 2016

This exhibition brings together 50 paintings and drawings from the museum’s permanent collection. Toward the end of her life, Romaine Brooks made several generous donations of her paintings and drawings to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

American Art Museum
Fragile Beasts
June 11, 2016 – January 16, 2017

Fragile Beasts features nearly 75 ornament prints and drawings from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The exhibition highlights rarely seen works on paper from Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection, as well as several books from Cooper Hewitt’s rare book collection.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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

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