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Past Exhibitions

A chronological list of exhibitions and installations presented since 1958 is updated annually.


Special Installation of Nineteen American Masterworks

Mingering Mike’s Supersonic Greatest Hits


The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art

Richard Estes’ Realism

Untitled: The Art of James Castle

Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget

Pop Art Prints

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection


Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets

Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby

Landscapes In Passing: Photographs by Steve Fitch, Robbert Flick, and Elaine Mayes

A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image

Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color

Pictures in the Parlor


Nam June Paik: Global Visionary

The Civil War and American Art

40 under 40: Craft Futures

Abstract Drawings

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond

Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image

The Art of Video Games

Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage


Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Patent Models from the Rothschild Collection


Something of Splendor: Decorative Arts from the White House

Made in Chicago: The Koffler Collection

The Great American Hall of Wonders

History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011

To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America

Close to Home: Photographers and Their Families


Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image

Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow

A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection

John Gossage: The Pond

Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence

The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946

Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan

Graphic Masters III: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum


What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect

Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Grand Salon Installation—Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Jean Shin: Common Threads

The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene

1934: A New Deal for Artists


Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke

Graphic Masters I: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lino Tagliapietra in Retrospect: A Modern Renaissance in Glass

Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities

Local Color: Washington Painting at Midcentury

Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth

Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist

Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection

The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball

Color as Field: American Painting, 1950–1975

Obata's Yosemite

Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum


John Alexander: A Retrospective

Over the Top: American Posters from World War I

Going West! Quilts and Community

Celebrating the Lucelia Artist Award, 2001–2006

Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape

Earl Cunningham's America

The Prints of Sean Scully

Variations on America: Masterworks from American Art Forum Collections

Saul Steinberg: Illuminations

From the Ground Up: Renwick Craft Invitational 2007

Eadweard Muybridge: The Central American Journey


Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination

An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection

Ruth Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor

William Wegman—Funney/Strange

American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America

William H. Johnson's World on Paper

Passing Time: The Art of William Christenberry

Temple of Invention: History of a National Landmark

Grant Wood's Studio: Birthplace of "American Gothic"


George Catlin's Indian Gallery

Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design

High Fiber


Right at Home: American Studio Furniture

Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum


Jewels & Gems

The Jewelry of Robert Ebendorf: A Retrospective of Forty Years

Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright


George Catlin and His Indian Gallery