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(In Person) Sacred Art from Cambodia: Blessing Ceremony
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 2 pm
This event was a communal blessing ceremony for the exhibition Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain, on view from April 30 to September 18, 2022. Led by two monks from the Cambodian Buddhist temple Watt Buddhacheya Mongkol in Woodbridge, Virginia, the ceremony used practices such as chanting, sprinkling water, and specific hand gestures to confer protection and good luck. Afterwards, attendees enjoyed Cambodian-inspired refreshments by Oh Graze Away and Little Lana’s Cookies. They then went inside to experience the exhibition and meet curator Emma Natalya Stein and praCh Ly, director of the documentary film Satook, which explored the transformation of religious traditions in Cambodian American communities.
Image courtesy of praCh Ly
(In Person) Gallery Talk: Meet Filmmaker praCh Ly
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 3 pm
Visitors joined us in the museum galleries for an informal Q&A with film director praCh Ly, who directed the short documentary Satook, which examines the transformation of religious traditions in Cambodian American communities through the ruptures of war and immigration. The film centers on four intimate conversations with survivors and members of the diaspora who left the country as a result of the Khmer Rouge genocide. They share their personal experiences and memories of their parents and reflect on their communities and journeys of belief. The film also examines the contemporary meanings of ancient sacred sites in Cambodia and considers more broadly the diversity and complexities of religion in four different locations in the United States. Satook played continuously in the gallery as part of the exhibition Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain.
praCh Ly is a critically acclaimed and award-winning artist. First known as a musician, his debut album was the first number one rap album in Cambodia. Through masterful lyrics, his music not only entertains but also educates. His involvement in film has ranged from scoring and creating original music to producing and directing projects, including Enemies of the People and In the Life of Music. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the Cambodia Town Film Festival in Long Beach, California.
Image courtesy of praCh Ly
Cherry Blossom Outdoor Concert—Crossroads of Japanese Music: Yumi Kurosawa and Friends
Saturday, April 3, 2022 at 3pm
Attendees joined us in the museum’s garden for a special outdoor concert in celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Japanese musician and composer Yumi Kurosawa performed on a modern twenty-string koto and was joined by violinist Emil Israel Chudnovsky and Chinese flute (dizi) virtuoso Yimin Miao. Their program featured classical music from Japan and China as well as new music composed by Kurosawa for this event inspired by the Freer Gallery of Art exhibition Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan.