The Freer|Sackler Galleries will focus on photography & prints in two complementary exhibitions on display September 29-January 21. Japan Modern: Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection will celebrate the recent acquisition of a major Japanese photography collection including iconic works dating from the 1920s to the 1980s. The photos “focus on Japanese artists’ search for a sense of place in a rapidly changing country. A selection of photobooks and experimental films will add to this multifaceted exploration.” Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photographyexplores Japanese artists’ reactions to the challenges of modernity from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. The exhibition “first examines the collapse of the traditional woodblock-printmaking industry in the face of the printing press and photography. Then, it traces the medium’s resurrection as an art form, through which printmakers recorded scenes of their changing country in striking new ways.”
Ongoing exhibitions at the Freer|Sackler include: Now- thru October 2020: Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia - The exhibition expands the understanding of Buddhism in Asian art through both beautiful objects and immersive spaces. Image below: Detail, The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room from the Alice S. Kandell Collection Photograph: 2010 Objects: Tibet, China, and Mongolia, 13th–20th century Mixed media Gifts and promised gifts from the Alice S. Kandell Collection
Open indefinitely: Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran - works dating from the first millennium BCE, beginning with the rule of the Achaemenid kings (550–330 BCE), to the early Islamic period. The installation explores the meaning behind these objects' over-arching artistic and technical characteristics.
Open indefinitely: Bells of Ancient China– An interactive exploration of ancient Chinese bells.
Image below: Bell (bo) with birds and tigers China, Yangzi River valley, ca. 1050–900 BCE Gift of Arthur M. Sackler Arthur M. Sackler Gallery