Editors' pick

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution photo
(Smithsonian Institution)
Through 5/30

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

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)