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In Memoriam

The Freer|Sackler joins the scholarly community in mourning the recent passing of John Rosenfield (1924–2013) and James Cahill (1926–2014), two giants of Asian art history. Cahill and Rosenfield were the two most recent recipients of the Freer Medal, awarded by the Freer|Sackler for “distinguished contribution to knowledge and understanding of Oriental civilizations as reflected in their arts.” We remember their visits with us with great fondness and are grateful for their many contributions to scholarship, to the training of the next generations of scholars, and to the work of this museum.




Above (top to bottom): John Rosenfield (center), with Richard Kurin, under secretary for history, art and culture, and F|S director Julian Raby, 2012; James Cahill, 2010


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.