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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 10/ 4/2006

Asian Art: Open Until Moonrise

By Julia Beizer

If you've been reading around these days, you may have heard about a little event going down on the National Mall this Saturday called "From Sunrise to Moonrise." In honor of the 100-year anniversary of Charles Lang Freer's gift of art to the United States, both the Freer and Sackler galleries will be open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., offering a whole host of programs and activities.

If the sake tastings, comedy performances and an early-moning yoga session do entice you to battle the crowds at the museums on Saturday, there are plenty of works on view that are worth a look. Here are one art lover's top three picks.

1) The Peacock Room. An oldie, but a goodie. I hadn't been into the Peacock Room since I was a kid until a recent visit to the Freer. The glittery room, decked out gold peacocks painted by James McNeill Whistler, never cease to amaze.

2) Over at the Sackler, Simyrn Gill's 16-foot spiral floor installation "Forking Tongues" is a must-see. The piece, made up of carefully arranged cutlery and dried peppers, is one of the quirkier things on view at the Smithsonian these days. Also on view are similarly intricate works from Gill's "Pearls" series; those pieces are strands of beads made from rolled-up book pages.

3) Finally, pay tribute to the man of the hour by checking out "Freer: A Taste for Japanese Art," an exhibition featuring prized pieces of Japanese art straight from Charles Lang Freer's collection.


By Julia Beizer  | October 4, 2006; 11:51 AM ET
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As for Asian art on a slightly smaller scale, you might want to check out the "Partitions" exhibit being shown this month at HNTB Architecture (421 7th Street, NW). Partitions is an exhibit of contemporary Indian and Pakistani art exploring the partition of those two countries.


Posted by: Pradeep | October 5, 2006 2:58 PM | Report abuse

After the events if you're still in the mood to see Asian art the Asian Pacific American Film Festival will be having it's closing night at Landmark and other movies and events as well.

Posted by: Kat | October 5, 2006 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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