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Jan
19
Sun
City of Stories: A Community Book Art Project
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Drop in to contribute to the community project City of Stories with artist Sushmita Mazumdar. Inspired by photographs in My Iran: Six Women Photographers, explore how artists share their stories and perspectives on a self-guided tour. Then return to the studio to create a house-shaped book and add it to a collaborative installation. For all ages and adult companions.

Gallery Talk: My Iran: Six Women Photographers
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm

How have social and political changes in Iran affected the lives of artists? Gain insights into the exhibition My Iran with a curator who discusses works by six women photographers, exploring their aesthetic visions and the cultural context of their works. Then, stick around for a film screening later in the afternoon as part of the annual Iranian film festival!

Walk- In Tour: Art across Cultures: Freer
Jan 19 @ 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
Jan 19 @ 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.

Film: "Filmfarsi"
Jan 19 @ 1:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jASD9t_r9sY

Before the 1979 revolution, Iran was home to a thriving popular film industry packed with violence and melodrama, and populated with sexy starlets and macho action stars. Most of these films  are now lost, but for a few surviving underground VHS tapes. Taking as its starting point the 1978 arson attack the Cinema Rex movie theater in Abadan, which killed over 400 people, Ehsan Khoshbakht’s exhaustively-researched documentary reconstructs this lively era of Iranian cinema history – one which few outside of Iran were aware of until now. (Dir.: Ehsan Khoshbakht, Iran/United Kingdom, 2019, 84 min., DCP, English and Persian with English subtitles)

In Focus
Jan 19 @ 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 In Focus (click on link) calendar approximately ten days before the talk you wish to attend to see the featured works.

Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Jan 19 @ 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
Jan 19 @ 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
Jan 19 @ 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
Jan 19 @ 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.

Film: "Old Men Never Die"
Jan 19 @ 3:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdvRWwvQWjQ

This dark comic fable takes place in a rugged mountain village where, for forty-five years, no one has died, but not for lack of trying. Crotchety old men, some over a century old, spend their days smoking, bickering, soaking in the bathhouse, and trying to figure out how to commit suicide without being stopped by the detachment of exasperated soldiers in charge of keeping them alive. First-time director Reza Jamali takes full advantage of the film’s picturesque setting and cast of charmingly grumpy old coots. (Dir.: Reza Jamali, Iran, 2019, 85 min., DCP, Persian with English subtitles)

Jan
20
Mon
In Focus
Jan 20 @ 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
Jan 20 @ 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
Jan 20 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 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.

Tour: Explore Buddhist Art
Jan 20 @ 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
Jan 20 @ 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.

Jan
21
Tue
In Focus
Jan 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 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
Jan 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.

Workshop: Meditation and Mindfulness
Jan 21 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Meditation is the process of moving from the busyness of our external environment to a place of inner quietude. In this way, meditation is simple—but frequently it doesn't feel easy. Our lives are full, and our commitments to others are significant. Most of us have little experience going inward and few tools to do so systematically.

Each Tuesday we take a moment out of our day to find a comfortable posture, calm the breath, relax deeply, and awaken to effortless attention. We'll develop an effective practice to make common hurdles less troublesome and bring forward the fruits of meditation: reduced stress, improved sleep, an enhanced sense of well-being, and greater access to intuition and creative states.

These free weekly drop-in sessions are appropriate for all levels of practitioners. Please join us, and then continue your contemplative practice by visiting our exhibitions. No special clothing or previous experience are required.

Walk-In Tour: Hokusai and the Art of Japan
Jan 21 @ 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.