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Friends Trip to Iran

In January, the Friends visited the Freer Gallery's storage vault for an up-close viewing of Chinese lacquer and textiles. The tour was led by Daisy Wang, Chinese art specialist.

Upcoming Friends Events

For more information about or to RSVP to any of the Friends events listed here, please contact Jenn Ryan, Membership Manager, at 202.633.0417 or e-mail Jenn Ryan.

FRIENDS travel: save the date

Friends Asia Week Preview in New York

Friday and Saturday, March 14–15, 2014

Save the date for our annual spring weekend in New York to celebrate Asia Week, a time featuring museums, galleries, specialty art dealers, and auction houses interested in the arts and cultures of Asia. During this activity-packed weekend, the Friends enjoy receptions at private collections, curator-led tours of museum exhibitions, and exclusive visits to galleries in advance of the Asia Week crowds.

Schedule and registration information for upcoming Friends travel are available soon. Please contact Jenn Ryan, membership manager, with any questions at ryanje@si.edu or 202.633.0417.

Friends events

Exhibition Opening Reception

Chigusa and the Art of Tea
Thursday, February 20, 6:30–8:30 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Join us for the opening of Chigusa and the Art of Tea. In the sixteenth century Japanese connoisseurs of the tea ceremony singled out exceptional objects and gave them personal names. The exhibition centers on Chigusa, a Chinese storage jar that was transformed into a vessel worthy of display, adornment, and contemplation.

The Friends Council

The Friends Council, the museums' only fundraising advisory board, welcomes your interest and support. Please call Jenn Ryan, Membership Manager, to learn more about the advisory board and how you can participate.

Nancy K. Mannes, Co-Chair
Penny Yao, Co-Chair

Robin Berrington
Ronald Costell and Marsha Swiss
Lisa Jorgenson
Stephanie and Eugene Lawson
Jane and Kenneth Lieberthal
Dickinson Miller
Iris and Larry Miller
Hedy and David Rehfuss
Dorothy Robins-Mowry
Heidi Werntz
Sidelle Wertheimer
Gail Yano
David Yao



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202-633-0417 or Jenn Ryan


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