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MEDIA	
  ONLY:	
             Allison	
  Peck,	
  202.633.0447	
                                                                             March	
  4,	
  2013	
  
	
                           Amanda	
  Williams,	
  202.633.0271	
  
	
                           pressasia@si.edu	
  	
  
ONLINE:	
                    www.asia.si.edu/press	
  
                             @FreerSackler,	
  Facebook.com/FreerSackler	
  
                             	
  

Smithsonian’s	
  Freer	
  and	
  Sackler	
  Galleries	
  Celebrate	
  the	
  
Arts	
  of	
  Japan	
  
Special	
  Events	
  Commemorate	
  the	
  2013	
  National	
  Cherry	
  Blossom	
  Festival	
  
	
  
The	
  Arthur	
  M.	
  Sackler	
  Gallery	
  and	
  the	
  Freer	
  Gallery	
  of	
  Art,	
  the	
  Smithsonian’s	
  museums	
  of	
  Asian	
  art,	
  will	
  
host	
  an	
  exciting	
  array	
  of	
  events	
  exploring	
  Japanese	
  art,	
  crafts,	
  film	
  and	
  design,	
  in	
  honor	
  of	
  the	
  National	
  
Cherry	
  Blossom	
  Festival,	
  Washington,	
  D.C.’s	
  popular	
  springtime	
  celebration.	
  	
  	
  

Highlights	
  include	
  a	
  weekend-­‐long	
  celebration	
  of	
  Japanese	
  contributions	
  in	
  art	
  and	
  design	
  on	
  April	
  5–7,	
  
opening	
  with	
  the	
  creation	
  of	
  an	
  interactive	
  Japanese	
  lantern	
  installation	
  by	
  Virginia	
  Tech	
  students	
  and	
  
architect	
  and	
  assistant	
  professor	
  Aki	
  Ishida.	
  Explore	
  woodblock-­‐printed	
  illustrated	
  books	
  (ehon)	
  on	
  the	
  
opening	
  day	
  of	
  the	
  exhibition	
  “Hand-­‐Held:	
  Gerhard	
  Pulverer’s	
  Japanese	
  Illustrated	
  Books,”	
  bind	
  your	
  
own	
  Japanese-­‐style	
  book	
  in	
  an	
  ImaginAsia	
  family	
  program,	
  browse	
  vintage	
  kimonos	
  for	
  sale,	
  and	
  take	
  
curator-­‐led	
  tours	
  of	
  the	
  Japanese	
  artwork	
  on	
  view.	
  New	
  this	
  year,	
  the	
  museum	
  hosts	
  the	
  Tamagawa	
  
University	
  Taiko	
  Drumming	
  and	
  Dance	
  Troupe	
  on	
  Friday,	
  April	
  12	
  for	
  a	
  special	
  noontime	
  performance	
  on	
  
the	
  National	
  Mall.	
  Also	
  a	
  Festival	
  favorite,	
  the	
  Freer	
  and	
  Sackler	
  galleries	
  present	
  the	
  eleventh	
  annual	
  
Anime	
  Marathon	
  on	
  April	
  13–14,	
  featuring	
  hands-­‐on	
  workshops	
  with	
  anime	
  artists	
  and	
  screenings	
  of	
  
Shinichiro	
  Watanabe’s	
  landmark	
  animated	
  television	
  series,	
  “Samurai	
  Champloo.”	
  	
  

All	
  programs	
  are	
  free	
  of	
  charge	
  and	
  open	
  to	
  the	
  public.	
  Visit	
  asia.si.edu/events	
  for	
  the	
  complete	
  
schedule	
  of	
  programs.	
  
	
  
Special	
  Event	
  
Celebration	
  of	
  Japanese	
  Arts	
  and	
  Design	
  
April	
  5–7	
  
Freer	
  and	
  Sackler	
  
With	
  the	
  city	
  in	
  bloom	
  for	
  the	
  National	
  Cherry	
  Blossom	
  Festival	
  (March	
  20–April	
  14),	
  the	
  Freer	
  and	
  
Sackler	
  Galleries	
  host	
  a	
  weekend	
  celebrating	
  Japanese	
  arts	
  and	
  design.	
  Discover	
  how	
  Edo-­‐period	
  artists	
  
and	
  writers	
  created	
  woodblock-­‐printed	
  designs	
  for	
  mass	
  circulation	
  and	
  entertainment	
  in	
  Hand-­‐Held:	
  
Gerhard	
  Pulverer’s	
  Japanese	
  Illustrated	
  Books	
  (April	
  6–August	
  11,	
  2013).	
  Help	
  create	
  an	
  audiovisual	
  
Japanese	
  lantern	
  installation	
  with	
  students	
  from	
  Virginia	
  Tech	
  along	
  with	
  architect	
  and	
  assistant	
  
professor,	
  Aki	
  Ishida.	
  Other	
  weekend	
  events	
  include	
  curator-­‐led	
  tours,	
  Japanese	
  bookbinding	
  activities,	
  
and	
  a	
  vintage	
  Japanese	
  garments	
  trunk	
  show	
  by	
  Kyoto	
  Kimono.	
  Check	
  asia.si.edu/events	
  for	
  an	
  updated	
  
schedule,	
  to	
  include	
  lectures	
  and	
  after-­‐hours	
  events.	
  	
  
	
  
Exhibition	
  
Hand-­‐Held:	
  Gerhard	
  Pulverer’s	
  Japanese	
  Illustrated	
  Books	
  
April	
  6–August	
  11	
  
Sackler	
  
Ehon,	
  the	
  Japanese	
  term	
  for	
  woodblock-­‐printed	
  illustrated	
  books,	
  were	
  key	
  sources	
  of	
  knowledge	
  and	
  
entertainment	
  during	
  the	
  Edo	
  period	
  (1615–1868).	
  Artists	
  and	
  writers	
  created	
  many	
  designs	
  for	
  these	
  
books,	
  and	
  the	
  compact,	
  paper-­‐bound	
  volumes	
  circulated	
  widely.	
  In	
  a	
  striking	
  change	
  from	
  the	
  past,	
  
when	
  books	
  were	
  primarily	
  reserved	
  for	
  the	
  elite,	
  the	
  beautiful,	
  intriguing,	
  and	
  humorous	
  subjects	
  in	
  
ehon	
  brought	
  reading	
  to	
  the	
  masses.	
  Highlights	
  from	
  the	
  Gerhard	
  Pulverer	
  Collection	
  now	
  in	
  the	
  Freer	
  
Gallery	
  of	
  Art,	
  including	
  well-­‐known	
  pieces	
  such	
  as	
  Utamoro’s	
  exquisite	
  Shell	
  book	
  and	
  Hokusai’s	
  best-­‐
selling	
  Manga,	
  are	
  shown	
  together	
  for	
  the	
  first	
  time	
  since	
  the	
  museum	
  purchased	
  the	
  collection	
  in	
  2007.	
  
	
  
Exhibition	
  
Arts	
  of	
  Japan:	
  Edo	
  Aviary	
  and	
  Poetic	
  License	
  
Through	
  August	
  4	
  
Freer	
  
Continuing	
  a	
  celebration	
  of	
  important	
  Freer	
  holdings	
  in	
  Edo-­‐period	
  art,	
  complementary	
  but	
  distinct	
  
installations	
  examine	
  two	
  themes	
  of	
  these	
  Japanese	
  works.	
  Edo	
  Aviary	
  (gallery	
  6)	
  traces	
  how	
  depictions	
  
of	
  birds,	
  long	
  part	
  of	
  the	
  Japanese	
  visual	
  repertoire,	
  were	
  influenced	
  by	
  natural	
  history	
  painting	
  in	
  the	
  
Edo	
  period	
  (1615–1868).	
  Great	
  attention	
  was	
  given	
  to	
  physical	
  accuracy,	
  but	
  the	
  tendency	
  to	
  lend	
  birds	
  
anthropomorphic	
  qualities	
  also	
  came	
  to	
  the	
  fore.	
  Poetic	
  License:	
  Making	
  Old	
  Worlds	
  New	
  (gallery	
  7)	
  
shows	
  how	
  the	
  interpretation	
  of	
  classical	
  Japanese	
  and	
  Chinese	
  literary	
  traditions,	
  previously	
  the	
  
domain	
  of	
  an	
  educated	
  aristocracy,	
  was	
  absorbed	
  into	
  the	
  merchant	
  and	
  artisan	
  classes	
  during	
  the	
  Edo	
  
period,	
  producing	
  energetic	
  reconsiderations	
  of	
  time-­‐honored	
  themes.	
  
	
  
ImaginAsia	
  Family	
  Program	
  
Japanese	
  Book	
  Binding	
  	
  
Saturday,	
  April	
  6;	
  Sunday,	
  April	
  7,	
  2	
  pm	
  
Sackler,	
  sublevel	
  2	
  
After	
  learning	
  about	
  illustrated	
  books	
  in	
  the	
  Pulverer	
  collection,	
  create	
  your	
  own	
  Japanese	
  book	
  based	
  
on	
  folios	
  featuring	
  cherry	
  blossoms	
  and	
  scenes	
  and	
  activities	
  related	
  to	
  springtime.	
  Choose	
  elegant	
  
handmade	
  papers	
  for	
  your	
  cover	
  and	
  tanzaku	
  slips	
  for	
  your	
  title,	
  and	
  then	
  use	
  a	
  traditional	
  Japanese	
  
sewing	
  technique	
  to	
  bind	
  them.	
  	
  	
  
	
  
ImaginAsia	
  Family	
  Program	
  
Anime	
  Artists	
  Workshop	
  
Saturday,	
  April	
  13;	
  Sunday,	
  April	
  14,	
  1	
  and	
  3	
  pm	
  
Sackler,	
  sublevel	
  2	
  
Use	
  a	
  manga-­‐style	
  book	
  based	
  on	
  illustrated	
  books	
  in	
  the	
  Pulverer	
  collection	
  to	
  explore	
  the	
  exhibition	
  of	
  
those	
  works.	
  Then	
  return	
  to	
  the	
  classroom	
  to	
  receive	
  instruction	
  in	
  anime	
  and	
  manga	
  drawing	
  from	
  
anime	
  artists,	
  perfect	
  your	
  work,	
  and	
  share	
  it	
  with	
  fellow	
  artists.	
  
Film	
  and	
  Performance	
  
Sanguivorous	
  
Wednesday,	
  April	
  3,	
  7	
  pm	
  
Freer,	
  Meyer	
  Auditorium	
  
A	
  young	
  woman	
  suffering	
  from	
  mysterious	
  physical	
  ailments	
  is	
  horrified	
  to	
  discover	
  she’s	
  descended	
  
from	
  generations	
  of	
  vampires.	
  Japanese	
  percussionist	
  Tatsuya	
  Nakatani	
  and	
  Chicago-­‐based	
  saxophonist	
  
Edward	
  Wilkerson,	
  Jr.,	
  provide	
  live	
  accompaniment.	
  (Dir.:	
  Naoki	
  Yoshimoto,	
  Japan,	
  2009,	
  56	
  min.,	
  
Japanese	
  with	
  English	
  subtitles,	
  DVD)	
  
	
  
Performance	
  
Tamagawa	
  University	
  Taiko	
  Drumming	
  and	
  Dance	
  Troupe	
  	
  
Friday,	
  April	
  12,	
  12	
  pm	
  
Freer,	
  north	
  entrance	
  	
  (Rain:	
  Sackler,	
  International	
  Gallery)	
  
	
  
Film	
  Series	
  
National	
  Cherry	
  Blossom	
  Festival	
  Anime	
  Marathon	
  
Presented	
  in	
  conjunction	
  with	
  the	
  Sackler	
  exhibition	
  Hand-­‐Held:	
  Gerhard	
  Pulverer’s	
  Japanese	
  Illustrated	
  
Books	
  with	
  the	
  assistance	
  of	
  Otakorp,	
  Inc.,	
  and	
  the	
  DC	
  Anime	
  Club.	
  
	
           	
  
             Samurai	
  Champloo	
  
             Saturday,	
  April	
  13;	
  Sunday,	
  April	
  14,	
  11	
  am	
  
             Freer	
  Gallery	
  of	
  Art,	
  Meyer	
  Auditorium	
  
             This	
  year’s	
  marathon	
  presents	
  all	
  26	
  episodes	
  of	
  Shinichiro	
  Watanabe’s	
  landmark	
  animated	
  
             television	
  series	
  Samurai	
  Champloo.	
  This	
  smart,	
  hip	
  series	
  is	
  the	
  story	
  of	
  three	
  eccentric	
  outcasts	
  
             traveling	
  across	
  Edo-­‐era	
  Japan	
  in	
  search	
  of	
  “the	
  samurai	
  who	
  smells	
  of	
  sunflowers.”	
  The	
  
             program	
  gleefully	
  incorporates	
  playful	
  anachronisms,	
  such	
  as	
  hip	
  hop	
  music	
  and	
  graffiti,	
  while	
  
             touching	
  on	
  actual	
  elements	
  of	
  the	
  era,	
  such	
  as	
  ukiyo-­‐e	
  painting,	
  historical	
  figures,	
  and	
  Japan’s	
  
             interactions	
  with	
  the	
  Dutch	
  East	
  India	
  Company.	
  Selected	
  episodes	
  are	
  introduced	
  by	
  experts,	
  
             and	
  tours	
  of	
  Hand-­‐Held:	
  Gerhard	
  Pulverer’s	
  Japanese	
  Illustrated	
  Books	
  and	
  the	
  Freer’s	
  Japanese	
  
             collection	
  are	
  offered	
  throughout	
  the	
  weekend.	
  Visit	
  this	
  webpage	
  for	
  a	
  detailed	
  schedule.	
  

Tours	
  
Arts	
  of	
  Japan	
  
March	
  21–April	
  14	
  
Most	
  days,	
  2:15	
  pm	
  
Travel	
  to	
  Japan	
  by	
  examining	
  the	
  Freer	
  Gallery's	
  unparalleled	
  collection	
  of	
  Japanese	
  screens,	
  paintings,	
  
lacquerware,	
  prints,	
  ceramics,	
  and	
  sculpture.	
  Learn	
  about	
  the	
  works'	
  importance	
  in	
  Japanese	
  culture,	
  
past	
  and	
  present.	
  
	
  
The	
  Arthur	
  M.	
  Sackler	
  Gallery,	
  located	
  at	
  1050	
  Independence	
  Avenue	
  S.W.,	
  and	
  the	
  adjacent	
  Freer	
  
Gallery	
  of	
  Art,	
  located	
  at	
  12th	
  Street	
  and	
  Independence	
  Avenue	
  S.W.,	
  are	
  on	
  the	
  National	
  Mall	
  in	
  
Washington,	
  D.C.	
  Hours	
  are	
  10	
  a.m.	
  to	
  5:30	
  p.m.	
  every	
  day	
  (closed	
  Dec.	
  25),	
  and	
  admission	
  is	
  free.	
  The	
  
galleries	
  are	
  located	
  near	
  the	
  Smithsonian	
  Metrorail	
  station	
  on	
  the	
  Blue	
  and	
  Orange	
  lines.	
  For	
  more	
  
information	
  about	
  the	
  Freer	
  and	
  Sackler	
  galleries	
  and	
  their	
  exhibitions,	
  programs	
  and	
  other	
  public	
  
events,	
  visit	
  www.asia.si.edu.	
  For	
  general	
  Smithsonian	
  information,	
  call	
  (202)	
  633-­‐1000.	
  
	
  
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