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Gallery Guide: Understanding South Asian Art

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Website presenting the basics for understanding the art of Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Includes sculpture and paintings from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan.

East of Eden: Gardens in Asian Art

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Online exhibit looking at the cultivation and artistic representation of Gardens in East Asia with a focus on China and Japan. Shows the design elements that went into the gardens as well as examples, history, and significance of gardens as portrayed in Chinese and Japanese painting.

UCLA Asian Performing Arts Institute

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Black poster with image of a Geisha in a purple robe in center. Japanese characters in top right in silver with smaller text above, also in silver "NIHON BUYO+HOGAKU." At bottom left, additional text in silver reads: "UCLA Asian Performing Arts Institute 1981/ Los Angeles-Washington D.C.-New York"

Freer’s Asian Ceramics Reconsidered

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
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. Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and the Ebrahimi Family Curator of Persian, Arab, and Turkish Art, joined the Freer|Sackler in 1995 as associate curator of Islamic art. She is a specialist in the arts of the book from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Iran. Louise Cort, curator for ceramics, is interested in historical and contemporary ceramics in Japan and South and Southeast Asia, and the Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu). She received the thirty-third Koyama Fujio Memorial Prize and the Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar Award in 2012. Jan Stuart, the Melvin R. Seiden Curator of Chinese Art, returned to the Freer|Sackler in 2014 after serving as Keeper of Asia at the British Museum for eight years. Her work focuses on decorative and court arts, as seen in The Last Empresses of China, an exhibition borrowing from the Palace Museum and cocurated with Daisy Wang (opening March 2019). Saturday, April 14, 2018, 2PM Meyer Auditorium Freer Gallery of Art Smithsonian Institution

The Profundity of Cambodian Art

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Hiram Woodward, emeritus curator of Asian art at the Walters Art Museum, places the bronzes seen in the exhibition "Gods of Angkor" in the context of ornamental stone carvings at Angkorian temples. Aspects of Angkor Lecture Series Freer and Sackler Galleries Smithsonian Institution

Gardens in Iranian Art

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Explore details and the broader context of a page from "Folio from a Haft Awrang (Seven Thrones), by Jami.

Gardens in Chinese Art

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Explore "The Story of the Western Wing".

Women + Yoga + Art

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Make yoga history -- donate today: http://www.asia.si.edu/yoga Stunning historic precedents for women's involvement in yoga can be seen in this preview of Yoga: The Art of Transformation. Most early Indian sculptures and paintings represent male yogis, but here you will see rare tenth-century stone yogini goddesses and a painting of a seventeenth-century female guru and her dreadlocked young disciple. And you will meet Koringa! Find out if she was the "only female yogi" or (spoiler alert!) a death-defying magicienne who fascinated audiences in France, England and the U.S. in the 1930s. Share: @FreerSackler | #artofyoga

ImaginAsia Teen Refugee Art Program

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
To contribute, visit our donation page at http://www.asia.si.edu/support/imaginasia-donate.asp Teens recently immigrated to Washington, DC, from places like Iraq, Nepal, the Congo, and the Sudan face daunting challenges: learning English, adjusting to a new school, making friends, and reconnecting with family, all while missing the home they had to leave behind. Teen refugees can rediscover the beauty of the world at ImaginAsia, a studio arts program at the Freer|Sackler Galleries. With our talented ImaginAsia instructors, young newcomers explore the collections, create expressive art works and regain their confidence. The ImaginAsia Teen Refugee Art Program is free to participants. To contribute, visit our donation page at http://www.asia.si.edu/support/imaginasia-donate.asp Video by Hutomo Wicaksono

Yoga | The Art of Transformation

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Yoga: The Art of Transformation October 19, 2013 -- January 26, 2014 Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler #artofyoga Yoga is a global phenomenon practiced by millions of people seeking spiritual insight and better health. Few, however, are aware of yoga's dynamic history. Opening October 19 at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is Yoga: The Art of Transformation, the world's first exhibition of yogic art. Temple sculptures, devotional icons, vibrant manuscripts, and court paintings created in India over 2000 years—as well as early modern photographs, books, and films—reveal yoga's mysteries and illuminate its profound meanings. /www.asia.si.edu

Aestheticism Meets Arts and Crafts: Decorative Art on Display

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Aestheticism Meets Arts and Crafts: Decorative Art on Display Imogen Hart Assistant Curator, Department of Exhibitions and Publications Yale Center for British Art, New Haven Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art October 27--28, 2011

Whistler and Art of the Americas

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Whistler and Art of the Americas Erica Hirshler Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, Art of the Americas Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art October 27--28, 2011

Yoga and Yogis in Indian Art

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Make yoga history -- donate now: http://www.asia.si.edu/yoga You've heard of the Taj Mahal, but did you know that almost 400 years ago, its builder, Shah Jahan, commissioned a painting showing a prince and a Hindu yogi? Previews this beautiful painting and other masterpieces of Indian art—such as the first illustrated treatise showing yoga asanas -- that will be on view in "Yoga: The Art of Transformation." Share: @FreerSackler | #artofyoga

Perspectives: A Conversation on Art in Afghanistan

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
This video was created by the Freer|Sackler Teen Council in collaboration with the Hirshhorn’s ARTLAB+ teen production team. These two groups wrote the script, planned the shoot, filmed, and edited the entire project. A special thanks to Bilal Askaryar and Abdul Matin Malekzadah for agreeing to share their stories and experience with us. We thank Turquoise Mountain for providing select video footage, shot by filmmaker Lalage Snow, featured in the short film. Music: Homayun Sakhi, rubab, and Salar Nader, tabla, selections from live performances at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art.

Gardens in Indian Art - Jahangir and Prince Khurram with Nur Jahan

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Tour this famous Indian Royal Garden as depicted in a 17th C. painting.

Discussion: Stories of Art and Money

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
#filthylucre Moderated by NPR's Scott Simon To collect art is a pursuit of passion, but—as James McNeill Whistler knew well—it is also a pursuit of status, wealth, and cultural influence. What is art worth? Who determines its value? And how does art’s commercial value affect its social value? Comprising collectors, artists, scholars, and market experts, this moderated discussion explores how art acquires both of these types of value and how they have transformed the nature of art today. The diverse panel focuses on the complex relationship between art and patronage and the latter’s influence throughout art history. The discussion takes place in connection with the opening of Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre, featuring Waterston’s contemporary reimagining of Whistler’s Peacock Room as a resplendent ruin. Inspired by the Peacock Room’s beauty and tumultuous history, which desolated the friendship between Whistler and Frederick Leyland, his most valuable patron, Filthy Lucre lays bare the challenging evolution of this artist/patron relationship. Waterston saw evidence of this dynamic in the Peacock Room. In fact, Whistler titled his iconic mural of two fighting peacocks Art and Money; or, The Story of the Room. http://www.asia.si.edu/filthylucre/panelists-bios.asp

The Afterlife of the Palace of Art: Hugh Lane at Lindsey House

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
The Afterlife of the Palace of Art: Hugh Lane at Lindsey House Morna O'Neill Assistant Professor, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century European Art Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art October 27--28, 2011

The Buddha as the Yogin: The Making of a Nationalist Art History

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Session 2: The Buddha and Yoga The Buddha as the Yogin: The Making of a Nationalist Art History Sugata Ray, University of California, Berkeley Session Chair: Jessa Farquhar, University of California, Los Angeles Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium November 22, 2013 at 6.30 pm Freer, Meyer Auditorium

Making History: Contemporary Art and the Middle East

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
The study, display, and collecting of art from the Middle East inevitably involve questions of cultural traditions and identity. Glenn Lowry, former F|S curator of Islamic art and now director of the Museum of Modern Art, shares a unique perspective on the emergence of contemporary Middle Eastern art. Making History explores the work of a number of artists from the Middle East who investigate how history is shaped and constructed from a broad array of information. Included are Walid Raad's ongoing series Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Modern And Contemporary Art in the Arab World, Michael Blum's A Tribute to Safiyeh Behar, Emily Jacir's Where Do We Come From, and Shadi Ghadirian's Qajar Series. These artists and their projects, among others, examine how fact and fiction, myth and reality, and system and structure are used to create richly textured, imagined histories that consider a wide range of social, political, and cultural issues. By using a mix of documentary and archival evidence, biographical information, photography, and film, each of these artists creates a complex story that explores how history is conceived, written, and received. Their work is especially relevant today as much of the Middle East is in transition, with competing visions and histories seeking to define how this region will be known. But as the work reveals, the future is often prefigured in the past. At the heart of Making History is an examination of the artistic and philosophical conditions that enable these artists to take on a wide range of highly charged subjects, including civil war, exile, occupation, and the construction of personal and national identities.

Trading in Japonisme: The French Obsession with Japanese Art

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
How does one culture imagine another from afar? Join Julie Nelson Davis and James Ulak, curators of Inventing Utamaro, and Gabe Weisberg, professor of art history at the University of Minnesota, for a discussion about the influence of Japanese art in France. Learn about the art collectors and dealers who drove the explosion of Japonisme in late nineteenth-century Paris. Gabriel P. Weisberg is an art historian specializing in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European art. He co-organized Japonisme: the Japanese Influence on French Art, 1854–1910 for the Cleveland Museum of Art. This 1975 exhibition was the first to examine the cohesive influence of Japanese art on European paintings, prints, and the decorative arts. More recently, he curated the 2005 exhibition The Origins of L’Art Nouveau: The Bing Empire at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Professor Weisberg has received major honors and awards in art history, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a senior fellowship at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), and the title of regents professor at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. He also was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. Streamed live from Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Saturday, May 13, 2017

Yoga as Architecture

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Session 1: Yoga and Place Yoga as Architecture Michael W. Meister, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Session Chair: Qamar Adamjee, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium November 22, 2013 at 6.30 pm Freer, Meyer Auditorium
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