The Freer Sackler Gallery and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery form the Smithsonian Institution’s national museums of Asian art in the United States. The Freer and Sackler galleries house the largest Asian art research library in the country and contain art from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Islamic world, the ancient Near East, and ancient Egypt, as well as a significant collection of American art. The gallery is located on the south side of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., contiguous with the Sackler Gallery. The galleries are among the most visited art museums in the world proudly.
This spring, the gallery has beautiful performance and lecture programs, there are two featured event this week. People who are in Washington D.C area should visit the museum and enjoy the spring with the beauty of the art and melodies from Asia.
Charles Lang Freer acquired his first cache of Asian ceramics in 1892. That initial haul—a hodgepodge of nineteenth-century Japanese wares—contained few masterpieces, but it presaged an enduring obsession with ceramics that grew to include examples from the Islamic world as well as all of East Asia. Freer never aspired to amass an encyclopedic array of specimens: his ceramics collection developed as a combination of singular masterpieces and formally harmonious, transhistorical and transcultural groupings.
Renowned for a sharp eye and connoisseurial prowess, Freer nevertheless was far from prescient. Guided by a Gilded Age belief in a “universal art spirit,” Freer’s collecting was limited by the exigencies of the art market and a paucity of specialized knowledge. Even as he acquired ceramics from Japan, China, and the Islamic world that are among the best of their kind, Freer overlooked key areas of Asian ceramic production and overvalued or misattributed others. Curators Massumeh Farhad, Louise Cort, and Jan Stuart reflect on the legacy of Freer’s ceramics collection, putting the museum founder’s hits and misses into context. This talk is part of the series The Freer Story, celebrating the reopening of the Freer Gallery of Art.
Acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner is joined by innovative dancer Yayoi Hirano for the Washington premiere of Hirano’s masked-dance choreography to Jacques Ibert’s Histoires. Complementing this lighthearted piano suite are works by Japanese composers Yukiko Nishimura, Kouji Taku, and Yoshinao Nakada. The program which premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2017 and was highly acclaimed by critics in New York City.
Thursday, April 12, 7:30 pm
Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium
Tickets: $6 in advance; free at the door
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For more information: https://www.freersackler.si.edu/