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Strategic Plan 2020-2025: Director’s Letter
<p>In a world of intensifying global connections, kaleidoscopic perspectives, and virtual realities, where does one go to make sense of things? Museums are places where one can find ways&mdash;through seeing, comparing, and appreciating&mdash;to understand and appreciate varieties of human experience. Like maps, museums tell us both where to look and how to look. And just &#8230;</p>
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Strategic Plan 2020-2025
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Whistler in Watercolor
<p>Online catalogue launches in November 2019 The Freer Gallery of Art is home to the worlds largest collection of watercolors by James McNeill Whistler. Originally acquired by museum founder Charles Lang Freer, the collection comprises more than fifty seascapes, figures, interiors, and nocturnes. This online catalogue introduces the artists vast creative output in watercolor and &#8230;</p>

The Buddhist protector Nechung Chogyong
<p>This dynamic Tibetan thangka, a painting on cloth made for meditative worship, combines the gruesome imagery of Himalayan wrathful beings with delicate details. Robust forms gracefully arch and swoop. Garments, hair, and ornaments respond to bodily movement. We can almost hear the beat of a drum and the open-mouthed roar of the deity who protects &#8230;</p>

Kaiunbashi Bridge (First National Bank in Snow)
<p>Arguably the series of prints Pictures of Famous Places in Tokyo (187681) is the most memorable and groundbreaking work by Kobayashi Kiyochika. It offers unique perspectives on sites in and around the capital city as it underwent vast physical and social change during the Meiji era (18681912). Kiyochika focused particularly on how the light created &#8230;</p>
Collage of textile fragments with Japanese writing and floral motifs.

Album of textile fragments
<p>The accordion-fold Japanese album preserves 314 fragments of Chinese and Japanese textiles dating from the fifteenth through the nineteenth century. Each fragment is labeled in ink on a separate slip of paper. Both sides of each page are used. This format is known as a meibutsugire-chō, album of fragments of famous textiles. The size of &#8230;</p>
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Umesh and Sunanda Gaur Collection
<p>The addition of the thirty-four works in the Umesh and Sunanda Gaur Collection, with works by seventeen well-recognized artists from India and Pakistan, significantly expands the museums holdings of South Asian photography from the nineteenth century to the present. The subject matter and format of these photographs complement our archival collection of early Indian landscape &#8230;</p>

Album with Scenes from the Tsurezuregusa
<p>The leather-bound album contains roughly sixty paintings, many of which depict scenes from the early fourteenth-century Tsurezuregusa (Essays in Idleness), a collection of personal anecdotes and fantastic stories written by Yoshida Kenko (circa 1283circa 1352). The paintings were likely produced as a Japanese-style bound album (nara ehon) known for its depictions of popular narratives. The &#8230;</p>

Lamp stand
<p>With its gently flaring base, this type of columnar lamp stand became popular in Iran with the accession of the Safavid dynasty after 1500. Originally, the lamp stand incorporated a cap that would have held oil and thus transformed it into an oil lamp. The body is divided into three registers with faceted panels covered &#8230;</p>

Featured Talent | Found in Translation
<p>.row {width:100%;clear:both;display:block;margin-bottom:40px;} .bio-img{width:24%;float:left;padding-right:1%;padding-bottom:2%;} .bio {width:75%;float:right;} Music Jennifer Lee, known professionally as TOKiMONSTA, is an American record producer and DJ from Los Angeles. A rising star, TOKiMONSTA was nominated for the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album, and she recently graced the cover of Billboard magazine. Her collaborators include Anderson .Paak, MNDR, Kool Keith, and &#8230;</p>