Editors' pick

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution photo
(Smithsonian Institution)
Through 5/31

The Traveler's Eye: Scenes of Asia

The exhibition provides a glimpse into travels across the continent. It features East Asian scrolls, Japanese woodblock prints, contemporary photography with maps and more.
Through 6/7

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

An installation by the artist inspired by personal memories of lost individuals and moments features discarded shoes and notes she collected.
Through 6/7

Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips

An exhibition highlighting discoveries made by the paleontologist and geologist during his adventures.
7/25 - 12/13

Art of the Gift: Recent Acquisitions

The exhibition celebrates recent and promised gifts to the museum, dating from the seventh century to the present, including classical Southeast Asian sculpture and contemporary photography.
7/11 - 12/31

Vietnam's Ceramics: Depth and Diversity

The museum's first exhibition since 2005 focused solely on Vietnamese ceramics shines a light on 23 works that exemplify the art of ceramic-making in Southeast Asia.
8/29 - 6/5/16

Perspectives: Lara Baladi

Baldi, an Egyptian-Lebanese artist, experiments with the photographic medium, and investigates its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East.
Through 1/2/17

Peacock Room Remix: Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre

Waterston reimagined James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room in this exhibition that explores the tensions between art and money, ego and patronage, and the Peacock Room's beauty and past.

Editorial Review

The Buzz: The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery spirals three stories below the Mall. The dimly lit space is connected to its sister gallery, the Freer, and together, the collections marry more than 30,000 treasures of Asian art and artifacts.

The Collections: The gallery, which opened in 1987, houses Sackler's original gift of 1,000 works of Asian art. Highlights include early Chinese bronzes and jades, Chinese paintings, ancient Near Eastern ceramics and metalworks and sculpture from South and Southeast Asia.

Programs: Together with the Freer, the Sackler hosts a full series of public programs. Concerts, films (from classics to anime) and special lectures are held most weekends in the Meyer Auditorium. The museum also organizes ImaginAsia, programs for children ages 6 to 12.

Extras: Both museums offer gift shops with Asian art, jewelry, posters, T-shirts and items for children. Neither has a restaurant.

(Updated July 10, 2007)