National Museum of Asian Art Connects Environmental Art Across Centuries

By Sheila Wickouski Two exhibits of Indian prints and photographs now on view at the Smithsonian Asian Art Museum go beneath the surface to consider the underlying themes of environment, politics and emotions. What the works from almost three centuries apart share in common is the importance of water as a cultural and economic necessity. […]

Thousands Attend Native American Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony

By Guy Aldridge Over 1,500 Native American military veterans from around the country came to the Mall last month for a dedication ceremony two years overdue. After opening in 2020, the National Native American Veterans Memorial was formally dedicated with events on November 12 and 13, 2022. The memorial was designed by Harvey Pratt, (Cheyenne, […]

Unity in Diversity Across New Exhibitions at National Museum of Asian Art

By Sheila Wickouski The Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art will celebrate its 100th anniversary in May 2023. James McNeill Whistler’s “harmony in blue and gold,” the Peacock Room, had been on display since the gallery opened and is now accessible to the public again after a renovation.  A new exhibit […]

American Indian Museum Plans Events Around Indigenous Peoples’ Day

By Mike Goodman  Last year was the first year in American history that a sitting U.S. President officially recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which was through a proclamation by President Joe Biden on Oct. 8, 2021. As we approach this year’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 10, as well as Day of the Dead on Nov. […]

Immersive Exhibit Transports Visitors to Southeast Asia

By Southwester Staff An archeological treasure set in a mountain cave above the Cambodian landscape can now be viewed up close and in person at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art’s latest exhibit, Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain. The exhibition showcases a monumental sculpture of the Hindu god Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan […]

National Native American Veterans Memorial to be Dedicated Nov. 11

By Southwester Staff This Veterans’ Day, a new memorial to honor Native veterans will be dedicated on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.  The National Native American Veterans Memorial was commissioned by Congress to honor the service of Native Americans in every major military conflict in the U.S. since the […]

Centuries of Japanese Art on Display During Cherry Blossom Season

By Southwester Staff With cherry blossom season in full swing, the museums of the Smithsonian are showcasing Japanese art from the 13th to the 19th centuries.  In early March, the Freer Gallery launched a new exhibition showcasing the full scope of the museum’s medieval Zen collections, one of the broadest in the world, for the […]