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Invention and Enterprise
June 20, 1986 – November 16, 1986

This exhibition consists of 10 objects from the museum's collections which illustrate the development process of an invention--from its inception to its success as a commercial product. 

American History Museum
Davy Crockett: Gentleman from the Cane
June 14, 1986 – September 14, 1986

Get to know Crockett and his contemporaries through mementos and first editions in an exhibition that traces the transformation of a relatively obscure farmer, hunter, and politician from Tennessee into a larger than life hero.

Portrait Gallery
Natural Science Illustration -- 1986
June 9, 1986 – June 22, 1986

See more than 100 wildlife illustrations by members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, who held an international meeting June 15-20, 1996.  

Natural History Museum
Fields of Grass
June 6, 1986 – August 31, 1986

A worldwide selection of grasses is shown in drawings, watercolors, and prints executed by artists from all over the world.  

Natural History Museum
Embroidered Ship Portraits
June 3, 1986 – September 7, 1986

View some 50 embroidered "ship portraits", which, like scrimshaw, were the work of 19th-century sailors during slow times at sea.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Excellent Mr. Ray
June 3, 1986 – August 29, 1986

This exhibition celebrates the 300th anniversary of the publication of John Ray's book, Historia Planetarum, the first scientific work on botany. 

American History Museum
1986 Discover Graphics
May 31, 1986 – August 3, 1986

See intaglio etchings in a juried exhibition of works by promising young art students who have participated in the 1986 Discover Graphics training program. 

American History Museum
Through Light and Shadow: Photographs by Clara Sipprell
May 23, 1986 – November 30, 1986

Visit 33 portraits by American photographer Clara Sipprell, who relied upon the effects of natural light to produce her characteristic soft-focus images.

Portrait Gallery
The History of Women's Gym Suits, or the Late Bloomers and How They Blossomed and Died
May 22, 1986 – October 21, 1986

View graphics and examples of exercise clothes worn by American women from the 1830s to the 1980s.  

American History Museum
Treasures of Hungary: Gold & Silver from the 9th to the 19th Century
May 20, 1986 – August 10, 1986

See some 70 gold and silver objects from the National Museum in Budapest and other Hungarian collections, including spectacular personal jewelry and adornments, elegant domestic tablewares, and major examples of ecclesiastical metalwork.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
QN -- the Time Traveler
May 19, 1986 – September 15, 1988

Visit a life-sized, radio-controlled replica of a large prehistoric "creature," a pterodactyl-like craft resembling the Quetzalcoatlus northropi, whose 35-foot-plus fossil remains were found in Texas in the early 1970s.

Air and Space Museum
G.A. 100: The Centenary of the Division of Graphic Arts
May 16, 1986 – January 1, 1988

The history of the Division of Graphic Arts at the Smithsonian is examined.  

American History Museum
Figure Prints: The Washington Print Club 11th Members' Biennial Exhibition
May 16, 1986 – September 7, 1986

See 70 prints documenting artists' view of the human figure from the late 19th century to the present

American Art Museum
May 15, 1986 – October 3, 1999

Discover the Hydrolab, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's underwater research lab, used for dozens of undersea research projects involving scientists/aquanauts from all over the world. 

Natural History Museum
Earth Views
May 8, 1986 – April 27, 1987

Take in a major juried art competition of views of the Earth from on high, or of various air and spacecraft used to view the Earth from above.

Air and Space Museum
Noses by Design
May 5, 1986 – July 10, 1986

See  graphics and medical instruments in a brief overview of nasal plastic surgery. 

American History Museum
A Human Ideal in African Art/Bamana Figurative Sculpture
April 30, 1986 – June 15, 1986

View 45 sculptures in an exhibition that explores and illustrates the traditional use of the human image in the art of the Mali's Bamana people.

African Art Museum
Robert Arneson: A Retrospective
April 30, 1986 – July 6, 1986

As a leader of the so-called Funk movement, Arneson championed and developed glazed ceramics as a viable sculptor's medium, creating strictly non-utilitarian objects from potter's clay. 

Hirshhorn Museum
Bon Voyage: Design for Travel
April 29, 1986 – July 13, 1986

Explore some 200 objects, dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, that illustrate a range of design solutions for travel necessities and luxuries--suitcases and wardrobes, valises, trunks, collapsible and portable furniture, and personal accessories.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings: Building a Corporate Cathedral
April 26, 1986 – September 1, 1986

Admire two masterpieces of 20th-century architecture, the Johnson Wax Co.'s administration building (1936) and research tower (1943) in Racine, Wisconsin, documented by 22 original drawings and sketches from Wright's unpublished archives as well as photographs, correspondence, models, furniture, and a videotape of Wright discussing the buildings.

Renwick Gallery

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