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Past Special Exhibitions

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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75 Years/75 Objects

75 Years/75 Objects

(Special Exhibition Gallery, from Sep 08, 2015 11:30 AM to May 22, 2016 05:30 PM)

Celebrating seventy-five years of Dumbarton Oaks, this exhibition presents seventy-five objects from the Dumbarton Oaks Museum’s three collections.

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Drink and Prosper

Drink and Prosper

(Special Exhibitions Gallery, from Apr 01, 2015 12:00 AM to Aug 24, 2015 05:00 PM)

Three words neatly convey that we drink not only to survive but for many reasons: to pay homage, to seal deals, to perform marriages, to cultivate diplomacy, even to commune with the Divine.

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Inspiring Art: The Dumbarton Oaks Birthing Figure

Inspiring Art: The Dumbarton Oaks Birthing Figure

(Special Exhibitions Gallery, from Jun 27, 2013 02:00 PM to Mar 23, 2014 05:00 PM)

The exhibition traces the changing perceptions of this one-of-a-kind sculpture and illustrates its powerful hold on the human imagination.

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Architectural Contrasts

Architectural Contrasts

(from Feb 02, 2013 02:00 PM to Jan 05, 2014 05:00 PM)

This exhibition displays original drawings, photographs, and models in order to demonstrate the details of these architectural contrasts as envisioned by Dumbarton Oaks under the patronage of Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss.

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50 Years of Pre-Columbian Art

50 Years of Pre-Columbian Art

(Philip Johnson Pavilion, from Jan 15, 2013 02:00 PM to Jan 05, 2014 05:00 PM)

In 2013, Dumbarton Oaks celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art in the Philip Johnson Pavilion.

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Four Byzantine Manuscripts

Four Byzantine Manuscripts

(Courtyard Gallery, from Apr 25, 2013 02:00 PM to Oct 20, 2013 05:00 PM)

FOUR BYZANTINE MANUSCRIPTS offers a glimpse into the world of handwritten illuminated texts of the New Testament.

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All Sides Considered: New Research on the Maya Collection

All Sides Considered: New Research on the Maya Collection

(Special Exhibition Gallery, from Sep 08, 2012 02:00 PM to Jun 02, 2013 05:00 PM)

 

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Still Life & Landscape

Still Life & Landscape

(Special Exhibition Gallery, from Mar 30, 2012 02:00 PM to Aug 12, 2012 05:00 PM)

The exhibition of paintings and furniture juxtaposes two distinct and yet related artistic genres.

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Lasting Impressions: Body Art in the Ancient Americas

Lasting Impressions: Body Art in the Ancient Americas

(from Oct 01, 2011 02:00 PM to Mar 04, 2012 05:00 PM)

 

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Cross References

Cross References

(from Mar 26, 2011 02:00 PM to Jul 31, 2011 05:00 PM)

 

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American Art at Dumbarton Oaks: Selections from the House Collection

American Art at Dumbarton Oaks: Selections from the House Collection

(from Oct 26, 2010 02:00 PM to Feb 13, 2011 05:00 PM)

 

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Scattered Evidence: Excavating Antioch-on-the-Orontes

Scattered Evidence: Excavating Antioch-on-the-Orontes

(from Apr 07, 2010 02:00 PM to Oct 10, 2010 05:00 PM)

 

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Flights of Fancy: Birds in Pre-Columbian Art

Flights of Fancy: Birds in Pre-Columbian Art

(from Oct 01, 2009 02:00 PM to Feb 28, 2010 05:00 PM)

 

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Radiance: Light in Byzantium

Radiance: Light in Byzantium

(from Apr 07, 2009 02:00 PM to Aug 31, 2009 05:00 PM)

 

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French Paintings at Dumbarton Oaks, 1850-1910: Collecting the Unexpected

French Paintings at Dumbarton Oaks, 1850-1910: Collecting the Unexpected

(from Nov 25, 2008 02:00 PM to Mar 28, 2009 05:00 PM)

 

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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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