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Ann Yonemura, Senior Associate Curator of Japanese Art.

Curatorial Research

Curators at the Freer and Sackler Galleries oversee the museums’ outstanding collections, which include works from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, the ancient Near East, the Islamic world, and the United States. Research into these objects—their original contexts and uses, how they were made, and the artists who produced them—is a significant part of the curators’ role.

Curatorial research may focus on the permanent collections or be undertaken in preparation for a special exhibition. In addition to studying the objects themselves, curators’ research takes them into the library and the archives, as well as far afield to examine other collections. Their work is generally interdisciplinary, carried out in close collaboration with conservation scientists, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and other specialists.

Freer and Sackler curators are involved in dozens of ongoing research projects, often with colleagues from institutions around the world. The results of their work can be seen in a variety of published formats, including exhibition catalogues, scholarly publications, and online publications.

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Research Collaborations

Staff at the Freer and Sackler work closely with colleagues all around the world. Learn more about ongoing research collaborations.
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Fellowship Opportunites
Fellows in Residence 2013–14
Past Fellows

Curatorial Staff Publications

Recent publications

Curatorial Staff

Department staff list

As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.