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Hokusai

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Freer avidly collected works by the Japanese artist Hokusai. Curator Ann Yonemura explains how his appreciation for Hokusai's bold, creative genius resulted in the world's foremost collection of the artist's paintings. This recording offers excerpts of a Point of View Gallery Talk presented in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on April 11, 2006. The talk is the second of a series entitled Freer's View, which explores what Freer himself thought of particular objects from his museum's treasures.
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History

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Contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto talks with James Ulak, deputy director and curator of Japanese art at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, about his exhibition "Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History." In this interview Sugimoto discusses his Japanese roots and western influences, the relationship between his role as art collector and his own artwork, and his process of selecting material for this exhibition.

"History of History" opened April 1, 2006 at the Sackler. "Hiroshi Sugimoto," a retrospective of the artist's photographs, opened February 16, 2006 at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum.
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style and status

Style and Status

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Gain an in-depth appreciation of the luxurious robes in the exhibition "Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey" from multiple perspectives as you listen to commentary by Dr. Nurhan Atasoy, principal contributor to Ipek: Imperial Ottoman Silks and Velvets, and Massumeh Farhad, chief curator at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. This podcast was created in part from live segments of a Point of View Gallery Talk presented on November 1, 2005. Point of View are informal public gallery talks which offer multiple perspectives on exhibitions and objects on view.
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Ottoman Fashion: Impact of Ottoman Textiles and Costume on Europe from the 15th to the 20th Century

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European fascination with the textile and costume arts of the Ottoman Empire has shaped design and clothing for centuries. Professor Walter B. Denny from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is the Charles Grant Ellis Research Associate for Oriental Carpets at the Textile Museum. Co-sponsored with the Textile Museum. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Style & Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey. Recorded live in the Freer Gallery of Art's Meyer Auditorium on January 9, 2006.
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Fashion and Identity from Ottoman Turkey to the Present

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Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), surveys the global history of fashion, including Ottoman court dress. Co-sponsored with the Textile Museum. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Style & Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey. Recorded live in the Freer Gallery of Art's Meyer Auditorium on January 9, 2006.
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