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Afterhours @ NMAA: Hong Kong Style

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afterhours-nmaa-hong-kong-style-tickets-379998755507  Join us for an outdoor festival to celebrate summer and the Made in Hong Kong Film Festival! Enjoy art and music from across Asia with performances, food, and exclusive curator talks. Experience the museum galleries open late, purchase signature cocktails from Please Bring Chips, and taste food from local vendors, including Queen’s English, Lei Musubi, and Ruby Scoops. At 7:30 p.m. see Jackie Chan at his very best in a special outdoor screening of Drunken Master, perhaps the greatest kung fu comedy of all time, as part of our annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival.   · 5–8 p.m.: Museum galleries are open and food and drinks from local vendors are available to purchase.   · 5:30–6:30 p.m.: Curator talks on the exhibition Underdogs and Antiheroes: Japanese Prints from the Moskowitz Collection.  · 5–7:30 p.m.: Performance by DJ 2-Tone of Shaolin Jazz and live martial arts demos.    · 7:30–9:30 p.m.: Outdoor… Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Freer plaza. Cost: Free. Friday, August 12, 2022, 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM.

Story of the Serpent: Cambodian Dance

Free, no registration required. The art of dance bridges classical and contemporary Cambodian culture. In celebration of the exhibition Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain, experience a dance performance by Mea Lath that explores the identity of the naga, the serpent deity, who poignantly gets caught in her own tail—a metaphor for struggles with identity in the wake of immigration. The program includes a traditional blessing dance and a contemporary work choreographed by Sophiline Cheam Shapiro. Dancer Reaksmey “Mea” Lath is a celebrated Cambodian classical dancer, instructor, and manager of the Khmer Arts Academy in Long Beach, California. Born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand, Mea uses the sacred art of Cambodian dance to connect with her history, to heal and inspire, and to present Cambodian culture to the world. She is one of the four speakers featured in the short documentary Satook, which was created by praCh Ly for the exhibition Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s… Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Event Location: Sackler gallery 27. Cost: Free. Saturday, September 10, 2022, 4:00 PM.

Harmony in Blue and Gold

Free, no registration required. Celebrate the reopening of the newly conserved Peacock Room with this special in-gallery performance. Drop in to hear the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Modern Flute Ensemble perform "Harmony in Blue and Gold," a composition by contemporary composer Eric Ewazen inspired by the Peacock Room by James McNeill Whistler. Ewazen’s ornate textures and impressionist moods express Whistler's unique environment through a musical world of sounds and lines. The room was originally designed to showcase a Chinese blue-and-white porcelain collection, and the music represents the excitement one feels when viewing this room, with its vivid palette of colors, intricate paintings offsetting elaborate shelves of porcelain, and spectacular gold-coffered ceiling and embossed leather walls. These two performances will be free, and advance registration is not required. Come early to join a curator-led gallery talk at noon in the Peacock Room prior to the performances. The Modern… Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Freer south corridor. Cost: Free. Saturday, September 24, 2022, 1:00 PM.

Harmony in Blue and Gold

Free, no registration required. Celebrate the reopening of the newly conserved Peacock Room with this special in-gallery performance. Drop in to hear the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Modern Flute Ensemble perform "Harmony in Blue and Gold," a composition by contemporary composer Eric Ewazen inspired by the Peacock Room by James McNeill Whistler. Ewazen’s ornate textures and impressionist moods express Whistler's unique environment through a musical world of sounds and lines. The room was originally designed to showcase a Chinese blue-and-white porcelain collection, and the music represents the excitement one feels when viewing this room, with its vivid palette of colors, intricate paintings offsetting elaborate shelves of porcelain, and spectacular gold-coffered ceiling and embossed leather walls. These two performances will be free, and advance registration is not required. Come early to join a curator-led gallery talk at noon in the Peacock Room prior to the performances. The Modern… Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Freer south corridor. Cost: Free. Saturday, September 24, 2022, 2:00 PM.

Improvisations on the Memory of Cinema

Performance by Tsai Ming-liang After the screening of Goodbye, Dragon Inn, join Tsai Ming-liang for a performance incorporating storytelling, drawing, and reminiscences about his life and work. First presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2019, this partially improvised event is an intimate self-portrait of an artist at work. Photo by Chang Jhong Yuan. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free. Friday, October 7, 2022, 8:30 PM.