Editors' pick

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution photo
(Smithsonian Institution)
10/5 - 12/7

Vietnam's Ceramics: Depth and Diversity

The museum's first exhibition since 2005 solely focused on Vietnamese ceramics shines a light on 23 works that exemplify the art of ceramic-making in Southeast Asia.
Through 12/13

Art of the Gift: Recent Acquisitions

The exhibit highlights gifts of Asian art given to the museum and a range of items from Buddhist sculptures to photography.
Through 12/15


For the first time in nearly a decade, the bust of a woman from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra is on display. It is accompanied by images of the city.
Through 1/3/16

Vietnam's Ceramics: Depth and Diversity

The exhibit focuses on Vietnamese ceramics and the art form's traditions.
10/24 - 1/31/16

Sotatsu: Making Waves

An exhibition featuring approximately 70 works by Tawaraya Sotatsu explores the artist's work in a Western context.
1/16/16 - 5/30/16

The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art

The second installation of "Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre" series focuses on "Three Girls," a large painting that he destroyed after an argument with his patron.
Through 6/5/16

Perspectives: Lara Baladi

Baladi, an Egyptian Lebanese artist, showcases her experimental photography, which focuses on how the medium shaped 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, which 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)