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Space Exploration: Destination Moon
2020 TBA – Permanent

A new, state-of-the-art exhibition called Destination Moon will replace the Apollo to the Moon gallery. Destination Moon will feature many of the key artifacts in the old exhibition, as well as some now in other locations or in storage.

Air and Space Museum
Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor
September 28, 2018 – March 17, 2019

Bill Traylor (1853/54-1949) is one of the most celebrated American self-taught artists. His life—which spanned slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Great Migration and foreshadowed the era of Civil Rights—offers a rare perspective to the larger story of America.

American Art Museum
George Catlin's American Buffalo
March 16, 2018 – August 5, 2018

The exhibition and related book explore Catlin’s representation of buffalo and their integration into the lives of Native Americans through forty original paintings by the artist.

American Art Museum
Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s
February 14, 2018 – May 13, 2018

Brand New is the first museum exhibition to examine the artistic appropriation of commercial products in the late 20th century, a pivotal moment when artwork became a commodity and the artist became a brand.

Hirshhorn Museum
Mark Bradford
November 2017 – (year-long run)

Renowned American artist Mark Bradford creates large-scale, site-specific paintings that will occupy the entire circumference—almost 400 feet—of the Hirshhorn’s Inner Ring Galleries, forming a monumental circular “cyclorama” that will offer an evocative, immersive experience for our visitors.

Hirshhorn Museum
Tamayo: The New York Years
November 3, 2017 – March 18, 2018

Tamayo: The New York Years is the first exhibition to explore the influences between this major Mexican modernist and the American art world.

American Art Museum
The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers
November 3, 2017 – September 3, 2018

The Sweat of Their Face combines art and social history with representations of American laborers across genres and centuries of art.

Portrait Gallery
Americans
October 26, 2017 – Fall 2027

The exhibition examines five major events in U.S. history -- Thanksgiving, Pocahontas, Trail of Tears, Gold Rush, and the Battle of Little Bighorn -- and how perceptions about these nation-building events, in which Indians played pivotal roles, have changed over time.

American Indian Museum
Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend
Opening August 2017 – TBD

Narwhal, Ice, and Inuit in a Changing Arctic will showcase what is known about how narwhals sense their environment, and explore exciting new scientific discoveries about these animals in the context of a changing arctic climate.

 

Natural History Museum
One Life: Sylvia Plath
June 30, 2017 – May 20, 2018

The exhibition reveals how Plath shaped her identity visually as she came of age as a writer in the 1950s. Visitors will get a look into Plath’s personal life and her dualistic nature.

Portrait Gallery
American Democracy: The Great Leap of Faith
June 28, 2017 – Permanent

Explores how a nation committed to the principles of popular sovereignty debated how to make this idealistic vision work and what living in a democracy really means.

American History Museum
Many Voices, One Nation
June 28, 2017 – Permanent

Presents the five-hundred-year journey of how many distinct peoples and cultures met, mingled, and created the culture of the United States.

American History Museum
Religion in Early America
June 28, 2017 – June 2018

Through dozens of objects and images, Religion in Early America considers the intersection of religious freedom, religious diversity, and religious growth from the colonial era through the first decades of U.S. history.

American History Museum
Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image
June 16, 2017 – April 15, 2018

The biggest Hollywood star at a time when “talkies” were still new, Dietrich captured men’s hearts and women’s admiration on screen and off.

Portrait Gallery
Antebellum Portraits by Mathew Brady
June 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018

This Daguerreian Gallery exhibition traces the trajectory of Brady’s early career through portrait daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and salted-paper prints in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. 

Portrait Gallery
Down These Mean Streets
May 12, 2017 – August 6, 2017

The exhibition will examine how Latino photographers depicted America’s urban streets when notions of the inner city began to emerge. The title of the exhibition is taken from Piri Thomas’ bestselling memoir Down These Mean Streets (1967), where the author narrates his tough upbringing in New York City’s El Barrio.

American Art Museum
Cultivating America's Gardens
April 2017 – July 2018

Using books and objects from Libraries and Gardens collections of the Smithsonian, Cultivating America’s Gardens highlights early horticulture publications.

American History Museum
The Face of Battle, Americans at War, 9/11 to Now
April 7, 2017 – January 28, 2018

The Face of Battle documents the first attempts by artists to assess the human costs of modern war through portraiture. It has been more than 15 years since 9/11 and warfare has become near-normalized into the social and cultural landscape, ongoing yet somehow out of sight, invisible.

Portrait Gallery
Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years
April 7, 2017 – August 20, 2017

This is the first exhibition to focus on the early career of Peter Voulkos, who completely re-invented his medium of proper ceramics technique and form. Aproximately thirty-five examples from this crucial body of early work will be featured.

Renwick Gallery
My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I
April 6, 2017 – November 29, 2018

Through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front, this centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I.

Postal Museum

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