The Tea Ceremony in Japan
This small exhibition explains the basic procedures of the Japanese tea ceremony, focusing on the range of objects used in typical gatherings for both thick tea (koicha) and thin tea (usucha).
Selections from the Japanese Selection
A group of 35 works of Japanese art -- painting, calligraphy, ceramics, and works in mixed media -- on view in Freer's Japanese galleries.
A Breath of Spring
This exhibition combines the masterpiece of 14th century Chinese painting, A Breath of Spring with a new poem by the celebrated writer Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient.
Masterpeces of Chinese Painting
A selection of 10th- to early 18th-century painting and calligraphy from the Freer's renowned collection of Chinese art. Handscrolls, hanging scrolls, murals, albums, and screen paintings are on view.
Freer Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave., SW. (202)357-2700. Free
The sesquicentennial of the birth of American artist Abbott H. Thayer offers an opportunity to show a group of the paintings that his leading patron, Charles Lang Freer, purchased specifically for the gallery he had promised to the Smithsonian Institution. Thayer's three monumental winged-figure paintings are on view for the first time in 50 years and are reexamined here within the scheme of Thayer's moral universe, which owed little to organized religion and revolved around his children.
Whistler and the Hadens
The second in a series of small exhibitions focused on James McNeill Whistler's work as a printmaker includes some 30 etchings, drypoints, and drawings and one oil painting produced during the early years of the artist's life in England.
Freer Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave., SW. (202)357-2700. Free.