Smithsonian Highlights

Art Night on the Mall

Enjoy special extended summer hours at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, the Museum of African Art, and the Freer and Sackler galleries, Thursday evenings until 8 P.M. through September 3. The Ripley Center's International Gallery and the Hirshhorn's Full Circle Café will also remain open.

Special June Exhibitions, Events

 Freer Gallery Of Art

Japanese Art in the Age of Koetsu
(June 6-January 3, 1999)
Exhibition highlights the cultural renaissance of early 17th-century Kyoto--paintings, calligraphy, ceramics.

Charles Lang Freer and Egypt
(opens June 13)
Display features works from Freer's collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Sakhi: Friend and Messenger in Rajput Love Paintings
(through July 7)
Paintings illuminate the role of the "sakhi" in Indian Rajput love paintings.

National Museum Of African Art

Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings
(through September 7)
African art masterpieces by the early 20th-century Yoruba carver.

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Triumph of the Spirit: Carlos Alfonzo, A Survey (1975-1991)
(June 18-September 13)
Retrospective of the work of the Cuban-American artist traces his varied and complex painting style.

The Collection in Context: Henry Moore's Stringed Figure No. 1
(June 4-October 25)
One-gallery installation features the British artist's 1937 sculpture.

International Gallery, S. Dillon Ripley Center

The Jewels of Lalique
(through August 16)
Considered the greatest artist-jeweler since the Renaissance, René Lalique (1860-1945) designed the first "modern" jewelry. See Lalique, June 1998.

National Air And Space Museum

Business Wings
(opens June 12)
Exhibition examines the history of business aviation, from biplanes to Lear jets.

Star Wars: The Magic of Myth
(through November 1)
Original props, models, costumes and artworks from the Star Wars trilogy. Free timed same-day passes are available at the museum's ticket desk, on a first-come basis. Advance passes are available through ProTix for a service charge of $2.25 per ticket (1-800-529-2440). For information, call 202-786-2122.

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.

National Zoological Park

Permanent installation re-creates a microcosm of the world's largest rain forest and river habitat.

National Museum Of American History

First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image
Permanent exhibition explores the evolving roles of our nation's First Ladies.

National Postal Museum
[Near Union Station on Capitol Hill]

What's in the Mail for You!
Permanent hands-on display offers an innovative look at the direct mail industry.

Arts And Industries Building

Speak to My Heart: African American Communities of Faith and Contemporary Society
(runs indefinitely)
Exhibition presented by the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture focuses on the role of the black church in contemporary life.

National Museum Of American Art

Posters American Style
(through August 9)
Exhibition features American poster graphics from circa 1895 to 1995.

National Portrait Gallery

Faces of Time: 75 Years of Portraits for Time Magazine
(through August 2)
Show presents cover portraits commissioned by Time magazine from notable artists.

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

Fountains: Splash and Spectacle
(June 9- October 11)
Display examines the function and design of fountains.

Under the Sun: An Outdoor Exhibition of Light
(June 21-October 25)
The power of the sun as a catalyst for design.

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