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Korean Cinema: Before the Wave

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<p>In my last post, I wrote about the movies from Korean cinemas Golden Age that are available to stream on the Korean Film Archives YouTube Channel. In this post, Ill highlight some titles streaming there from the era preceding the early 2000s Korean Wave, which brought Korean movies to the worlds attention. After youve watched &#8230;</p>
Ikats exhibtion installation

Traveling Oscar de la Renta: From Runway to Museum

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<p>The great American designer Oscar de la Renta included this stunning gown in his fall 2013 collection. His design was inspired by the rich colors and patterns of Central Asian ikats. While ikats are now recognized widely in Western designfrom dresses to pillows and curtainstheir association with Central Asia remains largely unknown to many people. &#8230;</p>

Volunteer Month: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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<p>In 1981, I read in the Washington Posts Anns Reader Exchange that the Freer Gallery of Art was looking for volunteers to join the museums first docent class. I immediately volunteered. Ive always loved the Freer, and having just been inspired by a great docent-led tour I took in San Francisco, I thought it would &#8230;</p>

Volunteer Month: Revisiting Asia

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<p>More than thirty years ago, I returned to the United States after living in Japan for seven years. I had become immersed in Asian culture and missed it from the moment I left. As a relative newcomer to the Washington, DC, area, I wanted to become involved in art and cultural opportunities. My aunt suggested &#8230;</p>

This Saturday: Reconsider Freer’s Asian Ceramics

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<p>Charles Lang Freer acquired his first cache of Asian ceramics in 1892. That initial haula hodgepodge of nineteenth-century Japanese waresdid not contain many masterpieces, but it presaged an enduring obsession with ceramics that grew to include examples from the Islamic world and all of East Asia. Renowned for a sharp eye and connoisseurial prowess, Freer&#8217;s &#8230;</p>

This Saturday: Reconsider Freer’s Asian Ceramics

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<p>Charles Lang Freer acquired his first cache of Asian ceramics in 1892. That initial haula hodgepodge of nineteenth-century Japanese waresdid not contain many masterpieces, but it presaged an enduring obsession with ceramics that grew to include examples from the Islamic world and all of East Asia. Renowned for a sharp eye and connoisseurial prowess, Freer&#8217;s &#8230;</p>

Japan, Jazz, and Movies at the Freer|Sackler in April

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<p>On April 6, in honor of this years National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Freer Gallery of Art will host the third after-hours event in our new Freer Film Fridays series. The evening will include food, drink, and a performance by up-and-coming jazz drummer Tomohiro Moris trioall leading up to a classic Japanese movie about dueling &#8230;</p>

Celebrating the Persian New Year

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<p>Ten years ago, the Freer|Sackler decided to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Our goals were relatively modest. We arranged a beautiful Haft sin table to greet our visitors. We invited Mamak Khadem and her band to play traditional songs and Xanthe Gresham and Arash Moradi to tell stories from the Persian Book of Kings. We &#8230;</p>

Women at the Helm

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<p>Back in September, fresh from a trip to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), I set out to write a Bento post about the long-overdue reckoning major film festivals seemed to be having with their gender equality problem. At Cannes in May 2017, Sofia Coppola had won the best director award, prompting many to wonder &#8230;</p>

Embracing the Year of the Dog

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<p>For four years, Ive been away from my family in Taiwan during Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in my culture. It is a fifteen-day celebration of the arrival of spring, filled with feasting. It is also the time of year for families and friends to gather together. This year, I celebrated the holiday &#8230;</p>