Smithsonian Highlights

Special March Exhibits, Events

National Museum Of African Art

Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings
(March 15-September 7)
African art masterpieces by the early 20th-century Yoruba carver include the museum's high relief "Palace Door."

Freer Gallery Of Art

The Seven Thrones of Jami: A Princely Manuscript from Iran
(through March 29)
Illustrations from a 16th-century Persian mystical poem by Jami.

In the Mountains
(through August 2)
Exhibition explores the depiction of mountains in Chinese art.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Sakhi: Friend and Messenger in Rajput Love Paintings
(March 8-July 7)
Paintings created in northern India between the 17th and 19th centuries highlight the role of the sakhi as confidante and messenger in Rajput love paintings.

Poetic Landscapes: Two 17th-Century Chinese Albums
(March 8-July 5)
Display showcases two Ming Dynasty albums: "Eight Views of Xiao-Xiang" and "Landscapes Inspired by Tang Poems" by Liu Yu.

National Air And Space Museum

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

Space Race
New permanent display traces the competition in space between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

National Museum Of American History

Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song
(opens March 19)
Exhibition features a sampling of personal artifacts, donated to NMAH last year, that document the famed singer's extraordinary career--costumes, sound recordings, scrapbooks, sheet music, photographs, awards. American Encounters Permanent display focuses on the American Indian, Hispanic and Anglo-American cultures of New Mexico's Upper Rio Grande Valley.

National Postal Museum
[Near Union Station on Capitol Hill]

New Deal Post Office Murals
(March 27-September 8)
Show features 18 mural studies commissioned for U.S. post offices during the 1930s.

National Museum Of Natural History

Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals
New permanent exhibition showcases the National Gem Collection. Exploring Marine Ecosystems Renovated permanent installation explores a tropical coral reef and a temperate rocky shore reef.

National Zoological Park

Amazonia Science Gallery
Permanent exhibition looks at the work of Smithsonian biologists worldwide.

National Museum Of American Art

Posters American Style
(March 27-August 9)
Exhibition presents poster graphics that reflect the concerns, issues, events and cultural aspects of 20th-century American life.

Ansel Adams, A Legacy: Masterworks from the Friends of Photography Collection
(through March 29)
Images by the renowned American photographer.

Time Out! Sports in Art
(through April 5)
Temporary installation celebrates sports as envisioned by a variety of artists.

Renwick Gallery

Inspiring Reform: Boston's Arts and Crafts Movement
(March 6-July 5)
Show examines Boston's contribution to the Arts and Crafts movement.

National Portrait Gallery

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

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Directions--Kiki Smith: Night
(March 19-June 21)
New works by the American artist explore the enduring yet fragile systems of the natural world.

George Segal, A Retrospective: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings
(through May 17)
Show includes key examples of the New York-based sculptor's signature white-plaster figurative tableaux.

Arts And Industries Building

In Search of Balance: The ArtistScholar
(through March 11)
Paintings, sculptures and other works 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 exhibit tells the story of the British scientist whose bequest founded the Smithsonian.

Anacostia Museum

Man Made: African American Men and Quilting Traditions
(through June 28)
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
(through May 3)
Paintings by the self-taught 20th-century artist.

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

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

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