Editors' pick

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution

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Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution photo
(Smithsonian Institution)
Through 8/1

Anime: Young Artists Residency

An anime artists leads a course on anime and manga drawing.
8/4 - 8/8

Claymation: Young Artists Residency

Visitors ages 9 to 18 can learn about storyboarding, scene design and claymation techniques from Erik Swanson, an instructor at the Corcoran School of Art and Design.
Through 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.
8/4 - 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.
9/13 - 3/22/15

Nasta'liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

The focus of this exhibition is on a calligraphic script that was developed in the 14th century in Iran. More than 20 works from 1400 to 1600 that highlight this script will be on display.
8/18 - 6/7/15

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

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