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Dec
7
Sat
Kimono Trunk Show
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Nancy McDonough, president and founder of Kyoto Kimono, presents a trunk show from her extensive collection of vintage kimono. Each is unique, offering its own expression of Japanese life and culture. They are truly wearable art. Drop in to browse beautiful fabrics and shop for unique gifts.

Open Studio: Wrap It Up: Holiday Gift Giving
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

While you make a furoshiki wrapping cloth, learn how this Japanese tradition can help save money and the environment. Also, enjoy a scavenger hunt to explore our new exhibition Hokusai: Mad about Painting. In the studio, make your own holiday decorations using cloth and woodblock materials. All ages are welcome with adult companions.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Dec 7 @ 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
Dec 7 @ 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.

Walk-In Tour: Hokusai and the Art of Japan
Dec 7 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely recognized for a single image—Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa, an icon of global art—yet he produced thousands of works throughout his long life. Come view the exhibition Hokusai: Mad About Painting, which features works from the world’s largest collection of paintings, sketches, and drawings by Hokusai. Works large and small are on view, from six-panel folding screens and hanging scrolls to paintings and drawings. Together, these works reveal an artistic genius who thought he might finally achieve true mastery in painting—if he lived to the age of 110.

Walk-In Tour: Hokusai and the Art of Japan
Dec 7 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely recognized for a single image—Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa, an icon of global art—yet he produced thousands of works throughout his long life. Come view the exhibition Hokusai: Mad About Painting, which features works from the world’s largest collection of paintings, sketches, and drawings by Hokusai. Works large and small are on view, from six-panel folding screens and hanging scrolls to paintings and drawings. Together, these works reveal an artistic genius who thought he might finally achieve true mastery in painting—if he lived to the age of 110.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Dec 7 @ 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.

Dec
8
Sun
Kimono Trunk Show
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Nancy McDonough, president and founder of Kyoto Kimono, presents a trunk show from her extensive collection of vintage kimono. Each is unique, offering its own expression of Japanese life and culture. They are truly wearable art. Drop in to browse beautiful fabrics and shop for unique gifts.

Open Studio: Wrap It Up: Holiday Gift Giving
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

While you make a furoshiki wrapping cloth, learn how this Japanese tradition can help save money and the environment. Also, enjoy a scavenger hunt to explore our new exhibition Hokusai: Mad about Painting. In the studio, make your own holiday decorations using cloth and woodblock materials. All ages are welcome with adult companions.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Dec 8 @ 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.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Dec 8 @ 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
Dec 8 @ 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.

Film: "The Minamata Mural"
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Copresented with the Smithsonian Year of Music

After a handful of groundbreaking films detailing the tragedy and suffering of the mercury-poisoned Japanese town of Minamata, documentary master Noriaki Tsuchimoto revisits the subject of Minamata through the eyes of the celebrated husband-and-wife painting duo Iri and Toshi Maruki. Tsuchimoto follows the Marukis from their quaint homestead studio, where they paint slews of ghastly, psychotropic mural panels depicting the effects of Minamata disease, to the streets of Minamata, where they meet and paint portraits of several victims of mercury poisoning. On full display is Iri and Toshi’s riveting artistic process, combining exacting focused brushstrokes from Toshi with bouts of spontaneous ink-and-water slatherings from Iri, in one of the richer depictions of visual creation in documentary cinema.

Perhaps, though, it is the blend of wrenching string tone clusters and shakuhachi melodies from the great composer Tōru Takemitsu that elevates the rarely screened Minamata Mural to the level of a neglected masterwork. Takemitsu’s score plays a vital role in allowing the Marukis’ mural panels to flourish in all of their complex beauty and horror, underscoring their visual catharsis with a more primally guttural one. Tsuchimoto and Takemitsu choose to bookend these moments of orchestral gushing with long periods of musical silence, a choice that rather than feeling austere fits Tsuchimoto’s artful form far better than any set of through-composed pieces ever would. It is from silence that Takemitsu’s precise and painterly score builds its awesome power, and it is by no coincidence that Takemitsu’s most widely read compendium of writings on music, film, and art is titled “Confronting Silence.”

As a meta-portrait of artists grappling with a traumatic reality by Noriaki Tsuchimoto, a giant of documentary art whose work is almost never screened outside of academic settings, and as a fascinating entry in the filmography of Tōru Takemitsu, a composer whose unrivaled contributions to documentary music have gone overlooked for too long, The Minamata Mural is not to be missed. (Dir. Noriaki Tsuchimoto, Japan, 1981, 111 min., 16mm, Japanese with English subtitles)

Preceded by Kyoto (Dir. Kon Ichikawa, 1970, 37 min., digital projection), another lyrical Takemitsu-scored film that paints a meditative and beautiful portrait of Japan’s cultural capital.

Screening organized by guest curator Max Carpenter, with special thanks to Kelly Li for her translation of English subtitles.

Image credit: Courtesy of Siglo, Ltd.

Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Dec 8 @ 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.

Walk-In Tour: Hokusai and the Art of Japan
Dec 8 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely recognized for a single image—Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa, an icon of global art—yet he produced thousands of works throughout his long life. Come view the exhibition Hokusai: Mad About Painting, which features works from the world’s largest collection of paintings, sketches, and drawings by Hokusai. Works large and small are on view, from six-panel folding screens and hanging scrolls to paintings and drawings. Together, these works reveal an artistic genius who thought he might finally achieve true mastery in painting—if he lived to the age of 110.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Sackler
Dec 8 @ 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.

Walk- In Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Dec 8 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 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.

Dec
9
Mon
In Focus
Dec 9 @ 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 In Focus (click on link) calendar approximately ten days before the talk you wish to attend to see the featured works.

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Dec 9 @ 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.

Walk-In Tour: Hokusai and the Art of Japan
Dec 9 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely recognized for a single image—Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa, an icon of global art—yet he produced thousands of works throughout his long life. Come view the exhibition Hokusai: Mad About Painting, which features works from the world’s largest collection of paintings, sketches, and drawings by Hokusai. Works large and small are on view, from six-panel folding screens and hanging scrolls to paintings and drawings. Together, these works reveal an artistic genius who thought he might finally achieve true mastery in painting—if he lived to the age of 110.