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Washington DC Museum Spotlight – July 2012

By July 12, 2012

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Here's a guide to some of the newest exhibits at Washington DC museums.

  • Smithsonian's National Museum of American History - Archiving the History of an Epidemic: HIV and AIDS, 1985-2009. The museum's Archives Center will display brochures, posters and other materials along with quotes from oral histories in the collection with a focus on how individuals and society are affected by and cope with the epidemic. The display is being remounted in conjunction with the HIV and AIDS Conference. 14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC. (July 13 - September)

  • Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery - One Life: Amelia Earhart. Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Earhart's disappearance (July 2, 1937), a new exhibition recognizes her life and remarkable career with a special focus on her commitment to women's rights and women in aviation. Earhart's biography will be told through portraits, a selection of books and essays she wrote, a compelling audio and video kiosk, which includes first-hand footage of her 1932 flight, and other objects that tell more about her experiences--her pilot's license and leather flying helmet. 8th and F Streets NW., Washington, DC. (through May 27, 2013)

  • National Archives - Attachments: Faces and Stories from America's Gates. The exhibit tells the stories of 31 men, women, and children who found themselves at the gateways to America between 1880 and the end of World War II. Their stories are told through original documents and photographs that were "attached" to government forms, and draw from a few of the millions of immigration case files at the National Archives. 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington, DC. (through September 4, 2012)

  • Tudor Place Historic House and Garden - Civil War Georgetown: House and Walking Tours. Experience life in Georgetown during this American ordeal. On the house tour, learn how masters and enslaved workers managed on the estate during wartime. Hear family stories and see where Union officers boarded in their midst. 1644 31st Street NW Washington, DC. (Second Saturdays through November)

  • Renwick Gallery - 40 under 40: Craft Futures. The gallery will feature the innovative work of 40 artists born since 1972, the year the Renwick was established as the Smithsonian American Art Museum's branch for craft and decorative arts. The exhibit will investigate evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing and mathematics. Pennsylvania Ave. and 17th St. NW Washington, DC. (July 20- Feb. 3, 2013)

  • The National Gallery of Art - I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street, 1938-2010. The exhibition is devoted to street photographs by some of the genre's greatest innovators: Walker Evans (1903-1975), Harry Callahan (1912-1999), Robert Frank (b. 1924), Bruce Davidson (b. 1933), Philip-Lorca diCorcia (b. 1951), and Beat Streuli (b. 1957). Like children playing the game "I Spy" by looking through the narrow frame of a car window, these photographers restricted the ways they made their pictures as a means of selecting and ordering the chaos of the city. 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. (through August 5, 2012)
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