Editors' pick

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution photo
(Smithsonian Institution)
Through 5/4

In Focus: Ara Guler's Anatolia

Never-before-shown images by the photographer, who is known as the "Eye of Istanbul" are displayed.
Through 6/8

Perspectives: Rina Banerjee

The contemporary artist draws inspiration from her native of India, creating a sculptural river of glass bottles on the floor of the museum pavilion.
Through 7/27

Chigusa and the Art of Tea

Exploring the tea culture of Japan, Korea and China, this exhibition features Chinese calligraphy, Chinese and Korean tea bowls, Japanese stoneware containers and more.
Through 7/27

Kiyochika: Master of the Night

An exhibition of prints from a series by Kobayashi Kiyochika.
Through 8/3

Eyes of the World: Ara Guler's Anatolia

The photographer's snapshots of medieval Seljuk and Armenian buildings from 1965.
5/3 - 8/17

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

This is the first majopr exhibition to examine paintings from James McNeill Whistler's early period in London.
4/21 - 12/8

Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran

The collection highlights metalwork from the first millennium B.C. to the early Islamic period.

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)