Dancing Dragon, Roaring Tiger Benefit Gala


A New Life For Ancient Chinese Jades And Bronzes At The Freer
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

place setting, SI Secretary Wayne Clough and Freer Sackler Director Julian Raby cutting the ribbon to open the China galleries.

Thank you to all our sponsors and committee members for making the Dancing Dragon Roaring Tiger Gala a successful and memorable evening.

On the evening of November 17, nearly 200 guests filled the Freer Gallery of Art's marble corridors to celebrate the reopening of the ancient Chinese jade and bronze galleries . During the reception, guests enjoyed a private preview of the reinstalled galleries and a chance to marvel at the stunning jade and bronze works within. Many of the works, among the greatest treasures of Chinese art outside China, returned to public view after more than a decade in storage.

Guests were welcomed by G. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian, and Julian Raby, director of the Freer Gallery of Art before processing to the Meyer Auditorium for a live auction of contemporary Chinese artworks donated by world-renowned artists including Cai Guo-Qiang and Hai Bo.

Following the auction guests were ushered upstairs to tables dressed in China red, for an Asian inspired dinner. The celebration ended with dessert and dancing in the Freer 's beautiful corridors.

Attendees of this unforgettable evening included Justice Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States; The Honorable Paul Hodes, Representative from New Hampshire and Mr. Li Dongwen, Minister-Counselor for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China.