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Art: 2006 Calendar

By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 27, 2006

When it comes to Washington area museums -- a multitude whose varied menus of offerings are highlighted in our annual exhibition guide in the pages that follow -- the phrase "never a dull moment" is a bit of a stretch. But only a bit.

The 2006 lineup starts off strong, with several exciting shows opening next month. Topping the list is the National Gallery of Art's "Dada," the first major U.S. museum exhibition to take a good, long look at the paintings, sculptures, photographs, collages, prints and film and sound recordings produced by practitioners of the avant-garde, post-World War I art movement characterized by chance, irrationality and a rejection of both traditional meaning and aesthetics.

Other notable February shows include "Louise Bourgeois: Femme," a collaboration between Baltimore's Walters Art Museum and the Contemporary Museum focusing on the work of the acclaimed sculptor that centers on the female figure. The Walters portion will include juxtapositions of the grande dame of contemporary sculpture's art alongside visually or thematically related objects from the museum's permanent collection. In the contemporary arena, look also to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where a retrospective on Hiroshi Sugimoto opens next month. It will be followed in April by a companion exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on the Japanese contemporary artist known for his haunting, minimalist photography. Other February offerings include a special exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian dedicated to the culture of the indigenous peoples of our country's Northwest coast.

In late April, the Hirshhorn hopes to draw crowds again with "Task," a one-day public performance-art piece orchestrated by contemporary artist Oliver Herring involving 40 to 60 area residents engaged in performing simple assignments on the museum's outdoor plaza.

May brings "Prelude: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection" at the National Museum of African Art, a tasting plate of sorts featuring a handful of artifacts that the museum hopes will whet the public's appetite for its inaugural showing, scheduled for early 2007, of one of the world's greatest collections of traditional African art.

The warm months feature the whimsical art of painter Paul Klee at the Phillips Collection and a survey of aboriginal women painters from Australia at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. But the big summer news will be the July 1 reopening of the Old Patent Office building, home to the renovated Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Although the museums will feature a number of new special and permanent exhibitions, you'll want to keep an eye out for the November opening of the American Art Museum's "Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination," a large and important retrospective devoted to the work of the American artist known for his poetic box constructions.

And let's not overlook the other D.C. museum that has been undergoing a facelift lately. In April, the Phillips Collection will celebrate the unveiling of its own new galleries, along with the return from tour of Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party," a favorite Washington painting, as well as several other masterworks from the museum's collection.

That's not all, as our list demonstrates.

Scan over the calendar yourself (keeping in mind the usual caveat: Dates are subject to change). Hokusai at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery? Lewis and Clark at the National Museum of Natural History? Photorealist painting at the Corcoran Gallery of Art? We -- or rather they -- got 'em.

January

SUNDAY-MAY 7: "CEZANNE IN PROVENCE" Works painted in and around the French painter's native Aix-en-Provence go on view Sunday-May 7 at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

February

FEB. 3-JAN. 2: "LISTENING TO OUR ANCESTORS: THE ART OF NATIVE LIFE ALONG THE NORTH PACIFIC COAST" Hundreds of ceremonial and everyday artifacts from Native communities in Washington state, British Columbia and Alaska go on view Feb. 3-Jan. 2 at the National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

FEB. 10-JULY 30: "SELDOM SEEN: DIRECTOR'S CHOICE FROM THE MUSEUM'S COLLECTION" Thirty textiles chosen from among the museum's permanent collection of more than 17,000 go on view Feb. 10-July 30 at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441.

FEB. 10-MAY 14: "MONGOLIA: TRADITIONS REBORN" The culture and traditions of the nomadic peoples living on the steppes of Asia are highlighted Feb. 10-May 14 at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588.

FEB. 11-MAY 21: "LOUISE BOURGEOIS: FEMME" The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, in conjunction with the neighboring Contemporary Museum, 100 W. Centre St., spotlights works relating to the female figure Feb. 11-May 21. [Note: the Contemporary Museum's portion of the two-site installation closes April 23.] 410-547-9000 or 410-783-5720.

FEB. 16-MAY 14: "HIROSHI SUGIMOTO" The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, presents the first career survey of the Japanese artist known for his minimalist imagery featuring seascapes, movie theaters and architecture Feb. 16-May 14. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

FEB. 18-MAY 14: "DEGAS, SICKERT AND TOULOUSE-LAUTREC: LONDON AND PARIS, 1870-1910" The creative dialogue between a group of French and British artists of the late 19th century is explored Feb. 18-May 14 at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

FEB. 19-MAY 14: "DADA" Jean Arp, Kurt Schwitters, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp and other artists of the Dadaist movement are the focus of this major exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Feb. 19-May 14. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

FEB. 21: "NETWORKING A NATION: THE STAR ROUTE SERVICE" On Feb. 21, the National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, opens a permanent exhibition devoted to the complex transportation web used by the U.S. Postal Service to move the mail. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

FEB. 22: "AIRMAIL IN AMERICA" The role of the postal system in the creation of America's commercial aviation industry is explored in a permanent exhibition opening Feb. 22 at the National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

FEB. 23-APRIL 20: "SMITHSONIAN STAFF PHOTO CONTEST" More than 30 winning entries from the 2005 Smithsonian Staff Photo Contest go on display at the International Gallery of the Smithsonian's S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Feb. 23-April 20. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

FEB. 23-APRIL 23: "FROM GEISHA TO DIVA: THE KIMONOS OF ICHIMARU" The National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall, 1145 17th St. NW, tells the story of 20th-century geisha and recording artist Ichimaru Feb. 23-April 23 through her clothing and accessories. 202-857-7588.

FEB. 23-MARCH 26: "WALL SNATCHERS" The Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran showcases graffiti and street art from Florida, Boston, New York and Washington at a former Staples store, 3307 M St. NW, Feb. 23-March 26. 202-639-1828.

FEB. 26-MAY 21: "AMOROUS INTRIGUES AND PAINTERLY REFINEMENT: THE ART OF FRANZ VAN MIERIS" The National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, displays the work of a 17th-century Dutch painter best known for interiors and portraits Feb. 26-May 21. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

March

MARCH 3-MAY 28: "DIVINE AND HUMAN: WOMEN IN ANCIENT MEXICO AND PERU" The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, examines the role of women in ancient Mesoamerica and South America March 3-May 28. 202-783-5000.

MARCH 4-MAY 14: "HOKUSAI" Best known for his oft-reproduced "Great Wave Off Kanagawa," the Japanese painter Hokusai is the focus of a show March 4-May 14 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

MARCH 4-JUNE 4: "ROBERT BECHTLE: A RETROSPECTIVE" Photorealist painter Robert Bechtle displays his art March 4-June 4 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1700 New York Ave. NW. 202-639-1700.

MARCH 10-TBD: "HONKY-TONK: COUNTRY MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHS BY HENRY HORENSTEIN, 1972-1981" The end of an era of country music is documented March 10-TBD in photos of Curly Ray Cline, George Jones and others at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

MARCH 10-JULY 16: "GRANT WOOD'S STUDIO: BIRTHPLACE OF AMERICAN GOTHIC" Decorative art and design work by the creator of "American Gothic" is presented in the context of the artist's paintings, drawings and prints March 10-July 16 at the Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

MARCH 17-SEPT. 3: "HARPIES, MERMAIDS AND TULIPS: EMBROIDERY OF THE GREEK ISLANDS AND EPIRUS REGION" The Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW, exhibits textiles embroidered for bridal trousseaux and domestic life March 17-Sept. 3. 202-667-0441.

MARCH 18-JUNE 4: "REFLECTIONS FROM THE HEART: PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID SEYMOUR" A survey of the career of one of the pioneers of small-camera photo-reportage takes place March 18-June 4 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1700 New York Ave. NW. 202-639-1700.

MARCH 26-JULY 30: "PHOTOGRAPHIC DISCOVERIES: RECENT ACQUISITIONS" Recently expanded holdings of American and European photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries are showcased March 26-July 30 at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

MARCH 26-OCT. 22: "A GARDENER'S TALE: THE 18TH-CENTURY WORLD OF ANNAPOLIS SILVERSMITH WILLIAM FARIS" The world of gardener, silversmith and socialite William Faris is explored March 26-Oct. 22 at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore. 410-685-3750.

April

APRIL 1-JULY 30: "HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: HISTORY OF HISTORY" Overlapping with a Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden exhibition on Sugimoto (see February listing), the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW, places the work of the contemporary artist in the context of traditional Japanese art April 1-July 30. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

APRIL 1-2: BALTIMORE FAIR FOR CONTEMPORARY PRINTS AND NEW EDITIONS The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. (at North Charles and 31st streets), Baltimore, hosts its biennial exhibition and sale of contemporary prints and drawings April 1-2. 410-396-7100.

APRIL-JULY: "HEADQUARTERS: INTERVENTIONS IN SOCIAL SPACE" From April to July, the Contemporary Museum, 100 W. Centre St., Baltimore, temporarily transforms itself from a traditional white cube to a meeting area, library, computer lab, screening room, workshop, interactive gallery and archive. 410-783-5720.

APRIL 6-20: "THE AMERICAN VIOLIN: FROM JEFFERSON TO JAZZ" Rare stringed instruments go on display April 6-20 at the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-4604.

APRIL 8-AUG. 13: "FANTASY AND FIDELITY: FRENCH PAINTINGS AT THE CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART" Nineteenth-century French paintings from the permanent collection are the focus of a show April 8-Aug. 13 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1700 New York Ave. NW. 202-639-1700.

APRIL 15-JULY 16: "INTERPRETATION BY DESIGN: CONTEMPORARY BOOKBINDINGS BY STANLEY M. SHERMAN" Trained as an architect, the Washington bookbinder displays his work April 15-July 16 at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000.

APRIL 15-JULY 31: "THE RENOIR RETURNS: A CELEBRATION OF MASTERWORKS AT THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION" On tour during the museum's renovation, Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party" returns to view April 15-July 31 in an exhibition coinciding with the opening of new galleries at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

APRIL 17-AUG. 15: "BLACK BOX: FRANCIS ALYS" A film by the Mexico City-based contemporary artist will be featured April 17-Aug. 15 in the Black Box theater of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

APRIL 23-AUG. 6: "NEW ORLEANS BLACK MARDI GRAS INDIANS: EXPLORING A COMMUNITY TRADITION FROM AN INSIDER'S VIEW" Mardi Gras photographs of J. Porter Nash on view April 23-Aug. 6 at the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

APRIL 29: "DIRECTIONS: OLIVER HERRING" In "Task," a one-day performance art event April 29, volunteers following the German-born, New York-based contemporary artist's instructions will create a piece of ephemeral art on the plaza of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

APRIL 30-OCT. 1: "MASTER DRAWINGS FROM THE WOODNER COLLECTIONS" The National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, celebrates the 15th anniversary of the 1991 acquisition of core works from collector Ian Woodner's treasury of Old Master and modern drawings with an exhibition April 30-Oct. 1. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

May

MAY-OCTOBER: "CENTENNIAL OF THE WILLARD HOTEL" The Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, looks at the social, cultural and architectural role played by one of Washington's great hotels May-October. 202-707-4604.

MAY 3-OCT. 14: "THE CIVIL WAR IN MARYLAND: RARE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF THE MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND ITS MEMBERS" The largest collection of photos of Civil War Maryland ever displayed goes on exhibit May 3-Oct. 14 at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore. 410-685-3750.

MAY 3-AUG. 27: "MATISSE: JAZZ" For the first time in more than 10 years, Henri Matisse's illustrated book "Jazz" will be presented in its entirety May 3-Aug. 27 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. (at North Charles and 31st streets). 410-396-7100.

MAY 7-Aug. 27: "CHARLES SHEELER: ACROSS MEDIA" The relationship among photography, film, drawing, printmaking and painting in the art of American Charles Sheeler is explored May 7-Aug. 27 at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

MAY 10-SEPT. 4: "CASTLES AND BAZAARS OF THE CRUSADER AGE" Detailed sale models and thousands of tiny figurines form the centerpiece of this exhibition about medieval history May 10-Sept. 4 at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588.

MAY 12-SEPT. 10: "LEWIS AND CLARK: THE NATIONAL BICENTENNIAL EXHIBITION" The National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, tells the story, May 12-Sept. 10, of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's 1804 effort to traverse the country via an imagined inland water route. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

MAY 13-FALL: "DIRECTIONS: JIM LAMBIE" The Scottish contemporary artist will create one of his signature, site-specific, taped-floor pieces, on view May 13-fall, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

MAY 17-NOV. 26: "PRELUDE: THE WALT DISNEY-TISHMAN AFRICAN ART COLLECTION" The National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW, presents a small sneak peek, May 17-Nov. 26, at the recently acquired collection of more than 525 traditional African art objects, which will make its debut in early 2007. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

MAY 18-SEPT. 4: "WONDROUS COLD: AN ANTARCTIC JOURNEY" The National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, features 50 photos taken at McMurdo Station in Antarctica May 18-Sept. 4. 202-633-1000. (TDD: 202-357-1729).

MAY 19-JULY 9: "BOTANICAL TREASURES OF LEWIS AND CLARK" The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1700 New York Ave. NW, highlights the famous explorers' contributions to botanical science May 19-July 9. 202-639-1700.

MAY 20-JUNE 3: "THE GREEN HOUSE: NEW DIRECTIONS IN SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN" New developments in environmentally aware architecture and building products are examined May 20-June 3 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

MAY 21-JULY 30: "ROBERT MOTHERWELL: MEANINGS OF ABSTRACTION" "Elegy to the Spanish Republic CII" is the centerpiece of a one-gallery show of Motherwell's work May 21-July 30 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. (at North Charles and 31st streets). 410-396-7100.

MAY 21-JULY 30: "SELECT VIEWS: DRAWINGS FROM THE BENESCH COLLECTION" Works by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and others are showcased May 21-July 30 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. (at North Charles and 31st streets). 410-396-7100.

MAY 22-SEPT. 30: "VANISHED KINGDOMS: THE WULSIN PHOTOGRAPHS OF TIBET, CHINA AND MONGOLIA 1921-1925" Janet and Frederick Wulsin's photographs from the 1920s of sacred sites in western China and Mongolia, many of which have long since vanished, go on view May 22-Sept. 30 at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. (TDD: 202-357-1729).

MAY 26-NOV. 26: "AFRICAN GOLD FROM THE GLASSELL COLLECTION, THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON" Gold work and royal regalia from Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire are featured May 16-Nov. 26 at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW . 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

MAY 27-OCT. 1, 2007: "RARITY REVEALED: THE BENJAMIN K. MILLER COLLECTION" The rarest of all U.S. stamps, known as the One-Cent Z-Grill, along with other material from the New York Public Library's Benjamin K. Miller Philatelic Collection, goes on view May 27-Oct. 1, 2007, at the National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

June

JUNE 2-SEPT. 9: " 'NOYSES, SOUNDS, AND SWEET AIRES': MUSIC IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND" Musical instruments, popular ballads, teaching manuals, courtly masques and ecclesiastical hymns from early modern England go on view June 2-Sept. 9 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

JUNE 7-DEC. 3: "HENRY OSSAWA TANNER AND HIS INFLUENCE IN AMERICA" The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. (at North Charles and 31st streets), Baltimore, exhibits its second in a series of shows dedicated to the work of the African American artist. June 7-Dec. 3. 410-396-7100.

JUNE 14-APRIL 8, 2008: "SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART" A rotating selection of contemporary works from its growing permanent collection will be showcased June 14-April 8, 2008, at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

JUNE 17-SEPT. 17: "PRAIRIE SKYSCRAPER: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S PRICE TOWER" The evolution of the famous architect's concept of the modern office building is explored June 17-Sept. 17 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

JUNE 17-SEPT. 10: "KLEE AND AMERICA" Swiss painter Paul Klee's impact on American artists and collectors is examined June 17-Sept. 10 at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

JUNE 18-SEPT. 17: "BELLINI, GIORGIONE, TITIAN AND THE RENAISSANCE OF VENETIAN PAINTING" Venetian art in the first three decades of the 16th century goes on view June 18-Sept. 17 at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

JUNE 22-SEPT. 10: "ANSELM KIEFER: HEAVEN AND EARTH" The German-born contemporary painter's meditations on the relationship between heaven and Earth are examined June 22-Sept. 10 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

JUNE 23-JAN. 1: "AMERICAN ORIGINALS: EYEWITNESS" Eyewitness accounts of some of the most dramatic moments in U.S. history in the form of letters, diaries, photographs, audio and film recordings will be presented June 23-Jan. 1 at the National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. 866-272-6272.

JUNE 30-SEPT. 24: "DREAMING THEIR WAY: AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL WOMEN PAINTERS" Artists from indigenous communities across the Australian continent display their art June 30-Sept. 24 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.

July

JULY-TBD: "JOHN BALDESSARI" The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, will display four recently acquired early works by John Baldessari, along with a new installation by the contemporary artist using works from the museum's collection, July-TBD. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

JULY-SEPTEMBER: "BALTIMORE SUPERPRIDE STUDIO" The Contemporary Museum, 100 W. Centre St., Baltimore, documents the transformation of the ramshackle home of Men's Center, a Baltimore organization offering support to men in transition from prison or drug rehabilitation, July-September. 410-783-5720.

JULY 1-SEPT. 4: "FACING EAST: PORTRAITURE ACROSS ASIA" The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW, examines the practice of representing the self in art from across the Eastern world July 1-Sept. 4. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

JULY 1: REOPENING OF THE OLD PATENT OFFICE BUILDING On July 1 , the renovated Patent Office Building, housing the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth Street between G and F streets NW, reopens. Permanent exhibitions on view at the Portrait Gallery include: "America's Presidents"; "American Origins, 1600-1900"; "Jo Davidson: Biographer in Bronze"; "Twentieth-Century Americans"; "Bravo"; and "Champions." Special exhibitions at the Portrait Gallery include: "Americans Now" (through April 29); "Portraiture Now" (through Jan. 7); "Eye Contact: Modern American Portrait Drawing" (through Oct. 9); "Gifts to the Nation" (through April 1); "One Life: Walt Whitman, a kosmos"(through April 1); "Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2006" (through Feb. 18); and "The Presidency and the Cold War" (through July 8, 2007). Special exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum include: "William Wegman: Funney/Strange" (through Sept. 24); "American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America" (through Sept. 17); "William H. Johnson's World on Paper" (through Jan. 7); and "Passing Time: The Art of William Christenberry" (through July 8, 2007). The two museums will also co-sponsor an exhibition on the history of the Patent Office Building, "Temple of Invention: History of a National Landmark" (through July 8, 2007).

JULY 16-OCT. 15: "HENRI ROUSSEAU: JUNGLES IN PARIS" Touted as the most impressive array of jungle paintings by the enigmatic Frenchman ever assembled, this major retrospective goes on display July 16-Oct. 15 at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

September

SEPT. 1-JANUARY: "PERSIAN CARPET FRAGMENTS" Scattered pieces of a single carpet have been reunited from private and public collections in Berlin, New York and Washington for a fall show at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441.

SEPT. 1-JAN. 15: "RUTH DUCKWORTH: MODERNIST SCULPTOR" A retrospective of the artist's ceramic work goes on view Sept. 1-Jan. 15 at the Renwick, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

SEPT. 10-MAY 13: "BANDING TOGETHER: SCHOOL BANDS AND ORCHESTRAS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA" Washington school band uniforms, photographs, instruments and recordings go on display Sept. 10-May 13 at the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, 1901 Fort Place SE. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

SEPT. 16-JAN. 15: "PHILIP SOLOMON: AMERICAN FALLS" The experimental filmmaker creates a site-specific installation Sept. 16-Jan. 15 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1700 New York Ave. NW. 202-639-1700.

SEPT. 22-FEB. 2: "BIZARRE BEASTS PAST AND PRESENT" Cast skeletons of dinosaurs and other creatures go on display Sept. 22-Feb. 2 at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588.

SEPT. 26-DEC. 31: "JOAN OF ARC" The cultural heritage of the French medieval heroine is examined Sept. 26-Dec. 31 the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1700 New York Ave. NW. 202-639-1700.

SEPT. 28-FEB. 17: "TECHNOLOGIES OF WRITING" Writing methods and materials used in early modern England are the subject of a show Sept. 28-Feb. 17 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

October

OCT. 1-DEC. 31: "CONSTABLE'S GREAT LANDSCAPES: THE SIX-FOOT PAINTINGS" The English painter's six-foot-long landscapes are the focus of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Oct. 1-Dec. 31. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

OCT. 5-JAN. 28: "AFRICAN ART FROM THE NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART" Traditional masks, figures, musical instruments, ceramics, fabric and beaded costumes go on exhibit Oct. 5-Jan. 28 at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW . 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

OCT. 7-SEPT. 2: "BEST NESTS/ANIMAL ANIMUS" The next thematic mega-exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore, will take place Oct. 7-Sept. 2, addressing the dual themes of home and man's animal nature. 410-244-1900.

OCT. 8-DEC. 31: "A COLLECTOR'S PALETTE: 19TH-CENTURY FRENCH ART FROM THE LUCAS COLLECTION" More than 120 artworks from the collection given by Baltimorean George A. Lucas to the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. (at North Charles and 31st streets), Baltimore, go on view Oct. 8-Dec. 31. 410-396-7100.

OCT. 11-MARCH 11: "THE CITY REAL AND IDEAL" The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. (at North Charles and 31st streets), Baltimore, features printed images of European cities from the 15th to the early 19th centuries Oct. 11-March 11. 410-396-7100.

OCT. 13-LATE JANUARY: "MANTLES OF MERIT: TEXTILES OF THE CHIN PEOPLE OF SOUTHERN ASIA" Serving as badges of identity and status, the traditional textiles of an ethnic minority group of 2 million people living in western Myanmar are the subject of a show Oct. 13-late January at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441.

OCT. 14-JAN. 21: "THE SOCIETE ANONYME: MODERNISM FOR AMERICA" Rarely seen works by such major avant-garde artists as Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondrian and Max Ernst go on view Oct. 14-Jan. 21 at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

OCT. 14-JAN. 21: "EL LISSITZKY: CONSTRUCTS FOR A BRAVE NEW WORLD" Nineteen prints by the Russian artist El Lissitzky (1890-1941) are showcased Oct. 14-Jan. 21 at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

OCT. 15-JAN. 7: "COURBET AND THE MODERN LANDSCAPE" Gustave Courbet's (1819-77) innovation as a landscape painter is examined Oct. 15-Jan. 7 at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000.

OCT. 25-JAN. 7: "THE UNCERTAINTY OF OBJECTS AND IDEAS: CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE" Work by contemporary sculptors whose art addresses how complex ideas get translated into physical form goes on exhibition Oct. 25- Jan. 7 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

November

NOVEMBER-TBD: "THE ART WOOD COLLECTION" The origins and development of American newspaper cartooning are traced in a fall exhibition, drawn from a collection of 36,000 works, at the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, 202-707-4604.

NOV. 2-DEC. 31: "THE KREEGER MUSEUM ARTIST AWARD EXHIBITION" the Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW, showcases the winner of its annual Kreeger Museum Artist Award, with an exhibition Nov. 2-Dec. 31. 202-337-3050.

NOV. 3-JAN. 7: "CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH'S 1608 SHALLOP" A 30-foot replica of the open boat Smith used to explore the Chesapeake Bay in the 1600s is the centerpiece of an exhibition Nov. 3-Jan. 7 at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588.

NOV. 3-FEB. 4: "AN IMPRESSIONIST SENSIBILITY: THE HALFF COLLECTION" Works by Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, John Twachtman and others go on display Nov. 3-Feb. 4 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth Street between G and F streets NW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

NOV. 11-JAN. 14: "EARTH FROM SPACE" The National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW, presents views of our planet as seen from orbiting satellites Nov. 11-Jan. 14. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

NOV. 12-FEB. 4: "PRAYERS AND PORTRAITS: UNFOLDING THE NETHERLANDISH DIPTYCH" The National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, displays more than 40 hinged-panel paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries Nov. 12-Feb. 4. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

NOV. 16: "POSTAL INSPECTORS: THE SILENT SERVICE" The handcuffs used in the arrest of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski are among the artifacts on view in a permanent exhibition debuting Nov. 16 at the National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

NOV. 17-FEB. 19: "JOSEPH CORNELL: NAVIGATING THE IMAGINATION" Two hundred of the artist's finest boxes and other artworks go on view Nov. 17-Feb. 19 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth Street between G and F streets NW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

NOV. 19-MARCH 18: "STROKES OF GENIUS: REMBRANDT'S PRINTS AND DRAWINGS" Painter Rembrandt van Rijn's graphic works are highlighted in an exhibition Nov. 19-March 18 at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

NOV. 19-MARCH 18: "THE ARTIST'S VISION: ROMANTIC TRADITIONS IN BRITAIN" The National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, showcases its collection Nov. 19-March 18 of British prints and drawings from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. 202-737-4215 (TDD: 202-842-6176).

December

DEC. 2-TBD: "DAILY MAGIC OF THE ANCIENT WORLD" Ancient amulets from Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome go on view Dec. 2-TBD at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000.

DEC. 14-JANUARY 2008: "OUT OF THE MAILS" The National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, examines ways people circumvented the official post during the Revolutionary War Dec. 14-January 2008. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

Michael O'Sullivan writes about art and movies for Weekend.

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