Freer | Sackler – Tour the Museums Where Asia Meets America!
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Join your Guild colleagues for an Art Across Cultures docent led tour. See what the newly renovated Freer Gallery and the adjacent Sackler Gallery have to offer your student and adult groups in 2018! These Galleries provide a multicultural experience as well as a serene atmosphere that is very different from the busier tourist venues.

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
1:15 PM
Where: Sackler Gallery (meet at the Jefferson Drive Entrance)
1050 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, District of Columbia  20560
United States
Contact: Chris Bauer

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Asia meets America at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery—together, the Freer | Sackler are the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art. They exist to enhance understanding and appreciation across cultures. To that end, masterpieces of Asian art are complemented by works of the American Aesthetic movement, including the famed Peacock Room.

When the Freer Gallery opened to the public in 1923, it became the first art museum on the Smithsonian campus. By exploring the differences in arts from around the world, the Freer Gallery of Art would unite, in Freer’s own words, “modern work with masterpieces of certain periods of high civilization harmonious in spiritual suggestion.” The museum’s galleries enable visitors to view American paintings from the Aesthetic movement of the late nineteenth century, as well as the arts of China, Egypt, the Indian subcontinent, Japan, Korea, and the Islamic world.

In 1987, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery opened on the National Mall to become Smithsonian’s second museum of Asian art. The museum was built with funds provided by Dr. Arthur M. Sackler. His collection included incomparable examples of Chinese jades and bronzes, among other important works. In addition to Dr. Sackler, the governments of Japan and South Korea contributed to the construction of the building to promote their countries’ artistic and historical achievements.