Freer Gallery of Art

An Afghan Bazaar Parachutes Into Washington

“Turquoise Mountain,” organized by the Sackler and Freer, imports rug weavers, jewelers, carpenters and other artisans into museum precincts to show off their crafts.









ArtsBeat: Smithsonian Unveils $2 Billion Plan to Renovate Its Museums and Public Spaces

A Danish architecture firm has come up with a master plan to renovate and redesign parts of the Smithsonian Institution’s campus on the National Mall.






A change in visual language signals a bigger cultural shift for Names McNeill Whistler

At first, it may seem like an aesthetic change, a revolution in the way one man represented the world. But in the end, a Freer Gallery exhibition devoted to James McNeill Whistler feels more like an evolution in consciousness, a cultural or psychological shift rather than an artistic or technical one.

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Freer Gallery’s Peacock Room, where sunlight is restrained, was painted without restraint

On Day 2 of this coquettish spring, ashen skies cleared just enough so that the Freer Gallery of Art’s monthly afternoon of sun-worshiping was not in vain.

A staff member wearing gloves to protect oil paint from oily hands announced that noon had come and gone; they were four minutes late. It was time to arouse the dueling peacocks and the fair-faced princess of porcelain; time to allow this chameleonic room to dazzle its eager guests.

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