Freer and Sackler Galleries September 2012 Highlights and Exhibits

The following exhibits and series are happening at the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington DC, which are open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except December 25.

Admission is free.

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive at 12th St SW

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave SW
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 707
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Questions? Call 202.633.4880

Asia After Dark: Asian Soundscape

Friday, September 28, 7-11 pm

Sackler and Enid A. Haupt Garden

Tickets $25 (online)

$30 at the door (cash or credit card)

$15 Silk Road Society members

Experience an Asian soundscape with live performances by acclaimed digital media artist and musician DJ Spooky (Paul Miller) and instrumentalists Danielle Cho and Jennifer Kim, set against an immersive backdrop of Asian silent films.

Make your own eco-friendly drum, and learn how to play rhythms from Asia with instrument-maker John Tewksbury and rhythm master Steve Bloom. Have your face painted with Asian-inspired designs, make fun photobooth memories, and dance to Asian electronica.

Curators Carol Huh and Alex Nagel will lead tours of exhibitions on view. Award-winning Asian-inspired cocktails served by Ping Pong Dim Sum; ticket price includes one free drink. Must be 21 years old with a valid ID to attend.

Exhibition last chance!

Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran

Through September 16


This all-masterpiece exhibition brings together Mughal and Persian paintings and manuscripts from the Sackler and Freer collections. Created in workshops formed by the greatest Mughal patrons–the emperors Akbar, Jahangir, and Shah Jahan–these objects reveal how Mughal artists of the 16th and 17th centuries built upon Persian cultural heritage and meticulous compositions in a constant play of tradition and innovation.

Tweet about it! #InspiredbyIndia 


Indian Visions at the Freer

In partnership with Indian Visions; funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Urumi: The Warriors Who Wanted to Kill Vasco da Gama

Sunday, September 16, 2 pm

Twenty years after his father was killed by Portugese explorer Vasco de Gama’s men, a son seeks bloody revenge. This lavish epic was inspired by historical events. 


Life Journeys: Four Thai Films

Thailand is a new hotbed of creativity in mainstream and independent cinema, both of which are highlighted in this series. All films are in Thai with English subtitles. 

Cosponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, DC.


Friday, September 14, 7 pm

Two young men break into people’s homes to borrow their lives for a while before putting everything back as it was – but then  they cross the line into  meddling with a stranger’s secrets.  

In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire

Friday, September 21, 7 pm

A Bangkok construction worker returns to his hometown and reunites with his high school crush in this enchanting blend of memory and imagination, fiction, and documentary.

Programs | Events 

Eclectic Vibrations: A Festival of Reimagining

Saturday, September 15, 1-5:30 pm

Sackler and National Museum of African Art

Reimagine African and Asian art and culture and explore the possibilties of sustainable living through music, dance, art activities, storytelling, games, workshops and conversations.

Framed to Impress

Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16, 2 pm

Sackler sublevel 2

Use an activity guide to explore the royal albums of the great Mughal emperors in the exhibition Worlds within Worlds and mount photos on Mughal-style album pages.

The Sculpture Workshops of Angkor: Preliminary Results from Bakong and the Royal Palace

Sunday, September 23, 2 pm

Freer, Meyer Auditorium

Angkorian sculpture is universally recognized for its simplicity, detail, and masterful technical execution. Dr. Martin Polkinghorne discusses two archaeological excavations that have revealed much about its production and evolution. 

J.J. McCracken: Contemporary Responses to Ancient Iranian Arts

Sunday, September 30, 2 pm

Freer Conference Room

With assistant curator Alex Nagel, renowned local artist J. J. McCracken introduces her artwork, including vessels inspired by the ancient Iranian ceramics on view in the Sackler.