Agency history, 1964-

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  • Lowe, Harry 1922-
  • Lewton, Val
  • Zelenik, John R
  • Keeler, David B
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum Office of Design and Production
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum Office of Exhibition and Design
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum Curator of Exhibits


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives, 1996
  • Annals of the Smithsonian Institution, 1995-1996
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1980-1982
  • The Exhibitions Office is responsible for the design, preparation, installation, and maintenance of both changing and permanent exhibition galleries, and for the aesthetic development of all other public and non-public areas of the American Art and Portrait Gallery Building.
  • Harry Lowe became the first Curator of Exhibits in 1964. In 1970 the title was changed to the Office of Exhibition and Design, and in 1973 David B. Keeler became its Chief, serving until 1985. He was succeeded by Val Lewton, 1986-1995, and John R. Zelenik, 1996- . The Office was renamed Office of Design and Production in 1983 and Exhibitions Office in 2002.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of above."

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  • 1964
  • 1964-


  • Art museums
  • Museums
  • Museum exhibits


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00159

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