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Fiona Tan Exhibit Opens

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Seeing any exhibit at the Sackler Gallery is an inspiring experience, but seeing Fiona Tan’s first major U.S. exhibition at the Sackler Gallery is just phenomenal. The renowned contemporary artist will be on view at the Sackler Gallery September 25 through January 16, 2011 with Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall.  The artist will be showing a collection of video and photography, “exploring the individual’s place in a world increasingly shaped by global culture”.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is located at 1050 Independence Ave, SW.  For more information contact 202-633-1000.  Admission is free.

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Gods of Angkor

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The Sackler Gallery is gearing up to open a new exhibition called Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia on May 15th.  The exhibit will be featuring 36-plus examples of bronze castings, ranging from the prehistoric period all the through the post-Angkorian period (which, if you don’t know what this means – like I didn’t, it references third century BCE to to sixteenth century CE). The exhibition will continue till January 23 and is the result of an ongoing partnership between the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the National Museum of Cambodia.

So if you want to check out art from Cambodia, and save yourself a super long plane ride – this would be the perfect exhibit for you.

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Asia After Dark

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If you thought that our post on the Hirshhorn After Hours was interesting, then perhaps this event may find you well.  On Thursday night, the Freer and Sackler Galleries will be hosting a similar event called Asia After Dark, Tibetan Twilight.  You can enjoy music via DJ Chris Linux or see Tsewang Yangzom perform traditional Tibetan songs, while also taking in the artwork of Gonkar Gyatso with a drink in your hand.

Interesting note:  The suggested attire for the event is to wear blue, red, white, green, and yellow – all significant colors in Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Asia After Dark will be held at the Sackler Gallery on Thursday from 6:30 – 10:30 PM.