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Written in Knots: Undeciphered Accounts of Andean Life

Written in Knots: Undeciphered Accounts of Andean Life

April 2–August 18, 2019 | Long before the arrival of the Spaniards, the people of South America had a system of recorded information that was portable, precise, and so complex that it remains undeciphered today.

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Juggling the Middle Ages

Juggling the Middle Ages

October 16, 2018–March 3, 2019 | See how one tale has transformed over time, captivating medieval and modern audiences alike with its enduring messages. Art is miraculous!

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Outside/IN: Martha Jackson Jarvis at Dumbarton Oaks

Outside/IN: Martha Jackson Jarvis at Dumbarton Oaks

An installation of mixed media sculpture and works on paper, all inspired by natural forms and materials, by noted Washington artist Martha Jackson Jarvis.

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Ancient Textiles

Ancient Textiles

Textile Gallery | Features late Roman and early Byzantine hangings and curtains alongside Andean looped and woven garments.

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Early Acquisitions: Bliss Collecting in Paris and London, 1912–1919

Early Acquisitions: Bliss Collecting in Paris and London, 1912–1919

Bliss Gallery | Explores the taste and acquisitions of Robert and Mildred Bliss when they lived in Paris.

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Seeing Cherries

Seeing Cherries

Rare Book Gallery

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Transplanting the Renaissance: Italian Villa Gardens in America, 1900–1940

Transplanting the Renaissance: Italian Villa Gardens in America, 1900–1940

Orientation Gallery | Examines the transplantation of Italian gardens in the United States and explores the relationships between popular images, landscape design, and cultural identity

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Ancient Bronzes in the Dumbarton Oaks Collections

Ancient Bronzes in the Dumbarton Oaks Collections

Through February 8, 2018, in the Courtyard Gallery | Highlights the craft of bronze metallurgy and the use and meaning of ancient works in bronze.

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Women in Art, 1850–1910

Women in Art, 1850–1910

Through February 1, 2018, in the Special Exhibition Gallery | Examines the fashionably dressed urban woman of the late nineteenth century in works collected by the Blisses, who admired the art of the Impressionists.

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City Water/City Life

City Water/City Life

Through August 2017 in the Rare Book Gallery | Traces the development of water elements in three historic cities and their interaction with social and cultural milieus.

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Coinage of the Byzantine Empire

Coinage of the Byzantine Empire

March 20, 1999 – January 2, 2000

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Ceremonies of Death in Byzantium

Ceremonies of Death in Byzantium

April 30, 1999 – May 2, 1999

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Indigenous Art of the Americas

Indigenous Art of the Americas

April 18, 1947 – June 1962

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