Smithsonian Highlights

Special February Exhibits, Events

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National Museum Of American Art

Ansel Adams, A Legacy: Masterworks from the Friends of Photography Collection
(through March 29)
Images by the renowned American photographer (1902-1984) illustrate his point of view as an artist and as an advocate of national environmental stances. See The Artful Lens of Ansel Adams, February 1998.

Renwick Gallery

Reinstallation of the Permanent Collection
Thematic reinstallation showcases works in a variety of craft media.

National Portrait Gallery

George C. Marshall: Soldier of Peace
(through July 12)
Exhibition of paintings, photographs and memorabilia salutes the life and career of American statesman Gen. George C. Marshall.

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

George Segal, A Retrospective: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings
(February 19-May 17)
Show includes key examples of the famed sculptor's signature white-plaster figurative tableaux. See Art that turns life inside out, January 1998.

National Air And Space Museum

Star Wars: The Magic of Myth
(through November 1)
Exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Star Wars trilogy features original props, models, costumes and artworks. Free timed same-day tickets are available at the museum's ticket desk. Advance tickets are available through ProTix for a service charge of $2.25 per ticket (call: 1-800-529-2440). For general information, call 202-786-2122 (24-hour recording). See Star Wars on the Mall, November 1997.

National Museum Of American History

America's Clothespins
(February 14-June)
Single-case display includes patent models of the inventive little device.

Science in American Life
Permanent show traces advances and discoveries in science over the past 125 years.

Union Station on Capitol Hill]

Mail to the Chief: The Stamp Designs of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
(January 30- July 12)
Postage stamps designed by avid collector FDR track the events that occupied his attention as President.

National Museum Of Natural History

Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals
New permanent gallery showcases the National Gem Collection and takes visitors from the depths of a copper mine to the far reaches of the Solar System. See Mysterious Pearls, July 1997.

National Zoological Park

Amazonia
Permanent installation recreates a microcosm of the world's largest rain forest and river habitat.

National Museum Of African Art

A Spiral of History: A Carved Tusk from the Loango Coast, Congo
(February 1-April 26)
A 19th-century carved ivory tusk bears scenes depicting historical, ceremonial and anecdotal events.

Freer Gallery Of Art

Japanese Art of the Meiji Era (1868-1912)
(through April 26)
Paintings, drawings, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork and cloisonné from the Meiji era.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Twelve Centuries of Japanese Art from the Imperial Collections
(through March 8)
Exhibition features art from the Imperial Household Agency and the Emperor of Japan.

Arts And Industries Building

In Search of Balance: The ArtistScholar
(through March 11)
Artworks by five African-American scholars. Discovery Theater Live theater for young audiences. Call 202-357-1500 (voice or TTY) weekdays, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The Castle-- Information Center

Smithson's Gift
Permanent display tells the story of the British scientist whose bequest founded the Smithsonian.

International Gallery, S. Dillon Ripley Center

The World of Orchids
(through March 8)
Show sponsored by the Smithsonian's Horticulture Services Division and the U.S. Botanic Garden displays orchids from around the world.

Anacostia Museum

Man Made: African American Men in the Quilting Tradition
(through June 23)
Display of traditional and contemporary quilts by African-American men.

Heye Center, National Museum Of The American Indian
[New York City]

Memory and Imagination: The Legacy of Maidu Indian Artist Frank Day
(February 15-May 3)
Exhibition features paintings by the self-taught 20th-century Native American artist.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
[New York City]

The Jewels of Lalique
(February 3-April 12)
Art Nouveau jewelry and objets d'art by artist-jeweler René Lalique (1860-1945).

Arquitectonica: The Times Square Project
(February 17-May 10)
Exhibition of the work of the Miami-based architectural firm focuses on their vision for a new multiuse complex in Times Square. See Times Square Reborn, February 1998

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