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Superman: Many Lives, Many Worlds
June 24, 1987 – September 1, 1988

The exhibition depicts the comic book superhero as a hero of popular culture, illustrated through various forms of the media from 1938 to the present.  

American History Museum
Into the Sunlit Splendor: The Art of William S. Phillips
June 19, 1987 – January 31, 1988

See 40 paintings and drawings by the contemporary artist, from WWII airplanes to the Space Shuttle, and the landscapes surrounding them.

Air and Space Museum
Safe and Secure: Keys and Locks
June 9, 1987 – October 18, 1987

Discover some 225 pieces, including embellished locks and keys, and a chronology of key and lock development and use, styles and symbolism.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Cavemen: The Art of Charles Knight
June 4, 1987 – August 31, 1987

View more than 100 works by the artist, spanning the entire prehistoric world, from ancient marine life to early reptiles, dinosaurs, Ice Age mammals, and early man. 

Natural History Museum
Dinosaurs, Past and Present
June 4, 1987 – August 31, 1987

Enjoy 150 paintings, sculptures, and models by past and contemporary artists, the most comprehensive exhibition of dinosaur art ever assembled.  

Natural History Museum
The Fishes of the Mississippi River
June 1, 1987 – August 30, 1988

Visit the fishes of the Mississippi River - paddlefish, bowfin, short-nosed gar, shovel-nose sturgeon, large-mouth bass, sunfish, flat-head catfish, and others.

National Zoo
June 1, 1987 – March 30, 1991

This exhibition  or four rare instruments commemorates the 250th anniversary of the death of Italian violin-maker Antonio Stradivari. 

American History Museum
American Violin Makers Before 1930: The Inspiration of Stradivari
June 1, 1987 – August 23, 1987

This exhibition shows how the craft of violin-making developed in the United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries through a combination of European immigration and skill and American ingenuity and spirit.  

American History Museum
Portraits from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
May 30, 1987 – September 20, 1987

Come visit 24 selected portraits and related memorabilia from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in New York City.

Portrait Gallery
Stage Portraits: Photographs by Mathew Brady from the Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
May 30, 1987 – September 30, 1989

As part of the reinstallation of the permanent collection, new selections from the glassplate negatives highlight the performing arts.

Portrait Gallery
1987 Discover Graphics
May 30, 1987 – September 7, 1987

View framed prints--including etchings and lithographs--by promising young art students from public high schools in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.  

American History Museum
Contemporary Visual Expressions
May 27, 1987 – July 31, 1987

See an exhibition of works by 4 contemporary black American artists.

Anacostia Community Museum
Morris Louis
May 21, 1987 – July 26, 1987

See a retrospective of approximately 50 paintings by the artist (1912-1966), a major painter of the Washington Color School, whose large, delicate color abstractions are "poured" rather than brushed onto canvas.  

Hirshhorn Museum
May 21, 1987 – August 16, 1987

See Art Deco-influenced objects by contemporary American craftspeople, and include vases, perfume bottles, jewelry, and furniture.

Renwick Gallery
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings: Creating a Corporate Cathedral
May 12, 1987 – July 19, 1987

View over 100 pieces including lithographs, drawings, furniture, and decorative arts of one of the most extraordinary works in American architectural history.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
May 7, 1987 – June 21, 2014

This exhibition is home to dozens of invertebrate species -- the most abundant creatures on earth -- from sea stars to spiny lobsters, to giant African millipedes, to tarantulas, to a giant Pacific octopus.

National Zoo
Treasures from the National Museum of American Art
May 7, 1987 – October 18, 1987

Visit 81 masterworks of American painting and sculpture, demonstrating the diverse traditions of American visual creativity from Colonial to contemporary times.

American Art Museum
Micronesia: New Island Nations in a Vast Sea
May 4, 1987 – October 2, 1988

Celebrate the emerging independent island nations of the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific and their shared maritime traditions. 

Natural History Museum
Recent Acquisitions--Eastman Johnson
May 1, 1987 – July 19, 1987

Admire the painting The Girl I Left Behind Me (1870-75), by American painter Eastman Johnson (1824-1906).

American Art Museum
Lite Eagle: Project Daedalus Prototype Plane
April 20, 1987 – August 7, 1987

Marvel at a prototype plane for Project Daedalus, in which the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) plans the flight of a human-powered aircraft from the island of Crete to the mainland of Greece.

Air and Space Museum

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