Turquoise Mountain: Reviews & Press

“His hands are almost magic, pulling a delicate form from the raw clay in minutes.” –WUSA9

“This exhibition highlights the vitality of these new Afghan artisans and demonstrates the power of art and culture to tell the story of artistic creativity, resilience and hope.” –Arab News

“An important opportunity for the Afghan artisans, it is also something of a declaration of independence by the Freer/Sackler from traditional ways of realizing museum exhibitions.” –New York Times

“The show is the outcome of a remarkable confluence of talent and expertise, with a little emotion and happenstance thrown in.” –New York Times

“The show is bringing a little piece of Kabul’s old city to Washington in the form of an 8,000-square-foot courtyard.” –Washington Post Express

“This show turns the Sackler into an immersive exhibit inspired by the old city of Kabul.” –Washingtonian

“Traditional Afghan artists will bring ‘living art’ to the heart of the US.” –Art Newspaper

“Not only will one see the amazing goods these artisans create but also meet some of the men and women themselves.” –Smithsonian Magazine

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Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Turquoise Mountain Trust. This exhibition is made possible by the support the American people have given to Turquoise Mountain through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Turquoise Mountain thanks Alwaleed Philanthropies for their long-term support of this project.


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Additional exhibition support is provided by Dame Jillian Sackler, DBE, Justin and Hilarie Huscher, the Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, and other generous benefactors.

 


We are excited to reopen the Freer in October 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.