Welcome spring at our tenth annual Nowruz celebration! With free attractions for all ages, this year’s festival is held in the Freer|Sackler and adjacent Ripley Center. Enjoy activities such as a Haft sin table display, storytelling by Xanthe Gresham, calligraphy,hands-on art activities, live music, and Persian food for purchase. And be sure to visit our featured exhibitions Engaging the Senses, Feast Your Eyes, and The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran.
Made possible by the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Persian Cultural Celebrations Fund.
TO DYE FOR: IKATS FROM CENTRAL ASIAMarch 24–July 29, 2018
With their vivid designs and complex technique, ikats are among the most distinct fabrics produced in Central Asia. Used as robes and hangings, their brilliance has attracted contemporary designers, most notably Oscar de la Renta. To Dye For brings together about thirty of the finest historical Central Asian ikat works from the Freer|Sackler collections, as well as six of Oscar de la Renta’s iconic creations. The aim is to explore the original use of these remarkable fabrics and the enduring appeal of their extraordinary designs.
THE PRINCE AND THE SHAH: ROYAL PORTRAITS FROM QAJAR IRANFebruary 24–August 5, 2018
In nineteenth-century Iran, Qajar shahs used portraiture to convey monarchical power and dynastic grandeur. Through about thirty works, this exhibition explores how Persian artists transformed modes of representing royalty and nobility. Paintings on canvas, lacquerwares, and photographs also highlight Iran’s artistic interactions with the West during this transformative period.
This exhibition is made possible with generous support from Patricia and Alex Farman-Farmaian.
performanceMUSICIANS FROM MARLBORO II
Thursday, March 8, 7:30 pm
Freer, Meyer Auditorium
Grammy Award-winning violist Kim Kashkashian is joined by other veterans of the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival to perform pieces by Boccherini, Bartók, and Ravel.
Tickets: $6 in advance; free at the door
Don’t miss our other spring concerts! View our full performance schedule.
film seriesWOMEN AT THE HELM: FOUR BY FEMALE DIRECTORS FROM ASIA
Friday, March 2, 7 pm: Angels Wear White
Sunday, March 4, 2 pm: By the Time It Gets Dark
Friday, March 16, 7 pm: Tokyo Idols with director Kyoko Miyake in person
Friday, March 23, 7 pm: Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts
Freer, Meyer Auditorium
To celebrate Women’s History Month, we present films directed by four of Asia’s most adventurous female directors. Presented in partnership with KimStim Films.
View our full film schedule.
COMING NEXT MONTH
Starting April 6: Prolific filmmaker Umetsugu Inoue may be best known for his musicals. This retrospective features three classics, a restored print, and two of his standout Hong Kong efforts. Generously funded by the Inoue & Tsukioka Movie Foundation.
April 12: Acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner is joined by innovative masked-dancer Yayoi Hirano for the Washington premiere of Hirano’s masked-dance choreography to Jacques Ibert’s Histoires.