Cultural Tourism DC Calendar

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Mar
21
Thu
F|S in Focus
Mar 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Do you want to learn about an intriguing object or a favorite work of art in our collections? Join a museum guide for an in-depth exploration (20 to 30 minutes) of one exceptional work. A different piece is featured every day. Visit the F|S in Focus (click on link) calendar approximately ten days for the talk you wish to attend to see the featured works.

Peacock Room Shutters Open
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

See the Peacock Room in a whole new light! When the shutters of Whistler’s “harmony in blue and gold” are open, a flood of natural light turns the Peacock Room into a glowing jewel of blue, green, and gold tones. Details, colors, and textures are revealed in the sunlight—and a special filtering film on the windows minimizes fading.

Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Mar 21 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.

Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Mar 21 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the special exhibitions in the Sackler. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.

Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Mar 21 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.

Performance: Musicians from Marlboro II
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Purcell’s Chacony in G Minor inspired the third movement of Britten’s luminous second string quartet, written to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Purcell’s death. In turn, Britten’s work forms the basis of this concert, which also includes Haydn’s Divertimento in G and Dvorak’s inimitably joyous string sextet, a perennial Marlboro favorite. Performing are violinists Anna Lee and Alexi Kenney, violinist/violist Luosha Fang, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and cellists Sujin Lee and Judith Serkin.

The Washington Post wrote of a previous Marlboro concert at the Freer, “What, exactly, are they putting in the water at the Marlboro Music Festival? Not only is the virtuosity of Musicians from Marlboro . . . consistently jaw-dropping, but the freshness, rich imagination and sheer vitality of their playing is enough to make even the most jaded concertgoer edge to the front of his seat.”

Image by Donald Allison

Mar
22
Fri
F|S in Focus
Mar 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Do you want to learn about an intriguing object or a favorite work of art in our collections? Join a museum guide for an in-depth exploration (20 to 30 minutes) of one exceptional work. A different piece is featured every day. Visit the F|S in Focus (click on link) calendar approximately ten days for the talk you wish to attend to see the featured works.

Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Mar 22 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.

Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Mar 22 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Delve into the art and practice of Buddhism across Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour. Tours focus on Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia or our permanent collection of art from India, China, and Japan.

Mar
23
Sat
Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Mar 23 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.

F|S in Focus
Mar 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Do you want to learn about an intriguing object or a favorite work of art in our collections? Join a museum guide for an in-depth exploration (20 to 30 minutes) of one exceptional work. A different piece is featured every day. Visit the F|S in Focus (click on link) calendar approximately ten days for the talk you wish to attend to see the featured works.

Weekday Schedule:
Meet at Freer Visitor Services Desk at 11:30am
Meet at Sackler Visitor Services Desk at 12:30pm

Weekend Schedule:
Meet at Sackler Visitor Services Desk at 1:30pm
Meet at Freer Visitor Services Desk at 2:30pm

Film: “Genesis 2.0”
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

On the rugged, remote New Siberian Islands, “mammoth hunters” search the melting permafrost for the remains of these extinct beasts. Their finds, ranging from tusks to a perfectly preserved specimen with blood still in her veins, have attracted the interest of scientists who believe they can resurrect the species through the emerging discipline of synthetic biology. This globe-spanning documentary chronicles the hunters’ dangerous work and examines the ethical implications of the scientists’ mission as it is carried out in cutting-edge laboratories from Boston to Seoul. “[A] double-stranded helix of a real-life thriller, chilling and unforgettable” (Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter). (Dirs.: Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev, Switzerland/China/Russia/Korea/United States, 2018, 112 min., DCP, English and Russian with English subtitles)

Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Mar 23 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Delve into the art and practice of Buddhism across Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour. Tours focus on Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia or our permanent collection of art from India, China, and Japan.

Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Mar 23 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Sackler. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.

Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Mar 23 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.

Mar
24
Sun
Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Mar 24 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Discover outstanding works of art from throughout Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour through the Freer. Explore art from varied time periods, countries, and cultures.

Gallery Talk: “The Tale of Genji in Japanese Art”
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Celebrate the beginning of spring—and of the National Cherry Blossom Festival! Join Freer|Sackler curator Frank Feltens for a tour of Japanese masterpieces depicting scenes from the Tale of Genji.

F|S in Focus
Mar 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Do you want to learn about an intriguing object or a favorite work of art in our collections? Join a museum guide for an in-depth exploration (20 to 30 minutes) of one exceptional work. A different piece is featured every day. Visit the F|S in Focus (click on link) calendar approximately ten days for the talk you wish to attend to see the featured works.

Weekday Schedule:
Meet at Freer Visitor Services Desk at 11:30am
Meet at Sackler Visitor Services Desk at 12:30pm

Weekend Schedule:
Meet at Sackler Visitor Services Desk at 1:30pm
Meet at Freer Visitor Services Desk at 2:30pm

The Tale of Genji: A Musical Narrative
Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Featuring violinist Ikuko Kawai

Follow Japan’s famous Tale of Genji in this original interpretation for violin, keyboard, and traditional Japanese instruments, led by popular violinist and composer Ikuko Kawai. Surtitles will allow the audience to follow the narration in English. The original Tale of Genji was written in the eleventh century by a woman in the Japanese royal court and recounts the life of Hikaru Genji, the Shining Prince. The author also created hundreds of other characters for this work, often called the world’s first novel. Japanese artworks—including screens, paintings, and illustrated books—depicting scenes from the story are currently on display in the Freer.

Kawai made her US debut at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and her European premiere in 2015 at the Paris Opera. Her virtuoso compositions are familiar to international figure-skating fans, especially Red Violin, used by American gold medalist Michelle Kwan. At this performance she will be accompanied by Tomoka Nagasu on biwa and shakuhachi, Miho Yoshiba on koto, Toshihiko Kato on nohkan and tsuzumi (percussion), and Hisanobu Notsu on keyboard.

Image courtesy of the artist

Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Mar 24 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Delve into the art and practice of Buddhism across Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour. Tours focus on Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia or our permanent collection of art from India, China, and Japan.