Highlights Tours

Free docent-led tours of the galleries are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Exhibition Programs

Photo of artist Alice Beasley discussing her work with a visitor

Museum curators, researchers, and special guests explore themes from current exhibitions. 

Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton

Fake News? Hamilton Rumors and Truths

Join our panel of experts for short talks on Alexander Hamilton and his impact on Washington, D.C., followed by a Q&A and curator-led tour of the exhibition "Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton."

Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China

Film: "China’s Guizhou Ethnic Groups, Part I: Preface, Miao, Bouyei, Dong"

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 12:00pm

This documentary, the first half of an eight-part series, explores the origins, rituals, and elaborate dress of three minority cultures in Southwest China.

Art Museum Day

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

The museum will offer special activities in celebration of Art Museum Day.

Discussion and Tour: Indigo, Blue Star of the Orient

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:30am

International lecturer and traveler Jenny Balfour-Paul will give an illustrated overview of indigo, followed by a show-and-tell and a special tour of the galleries to examine and discuss varied examples of indigo-dyed textiles from Asia.

Film: "China’s Guizhou Ethnic Groups, Part II: Tujia,Yi, Shui, Gelao"

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 12:00pm

This documentary, the final half of an eight-part series, explores the origins, rituals, and distinctive dress of four of Southwest China's minority cultures.

Film: "A Visit to China’s Miao Country"

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:00pm

Eleanor Coppola shot this documentary in the southern region of China, revealing the extraordinary textile traditions of the Miao culture.

Lecture: Tourism, Change, and the Textile Economy Among the Miao in Guizhou

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 5:30pm

Join Center of Asian Studies Director (University of Colorado) Tim Oakes to reflect on the changes he has witnessed conducting research in Southwest China’s Guizhou Province over the past thirty years.

Gallery Talk: Displaying Historical Textiles and Costumes

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:00pm

Associate Conservators Cathleen Zaret and Elizabeth Shaeffer discuss their conservation treatment and mount preparations for the current exhibitions "Binding the Clouds" and "Vanishing Traditions."

Film: "A Visit to China’s Miao Country"

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

Eleanor Coppola shot this documentary in the southern region of China, revealing the extraordinary textile traditions of the Miao culture.

Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat

Lecture: Jewish Brides, Grooms, Merchants, and Craftsmen in Central Asia

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 5:30pm

Alanna Cooper, director of Jewish Lifelong Learning at Case Western Reserve University, examines images of the Jews taken by photographer A. L. Kun, who documented regions of Central Asia when they came under Russian control in the late nineteenth century. A collaboration with the GW Department of Judaic Studies.

Gallery Talk: Plush Life in Ikat Velvet

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 12:00pm

Massumeh Farhad, chief curator and curator of Islamic art at the Freer|Sackler, will discuss the production of ikat velvets in late nineteenth-century Central Asia through examples on display in "Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat."

Demonstration: Bundle Dyeing

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join textile artist An-Phuong Ly as she discusses various plants and flowers used as natural dyes and explores the ways that color can be extracted.

Workshop: Ikat Binding and Dyeing

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Try your hand at the involved dye-layering process of ikat in a step-by-step, hands-on binding and dyeing workshop led by Christina P. Day, professor of fiber and sculptural studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Gallery Talk: Displaying Historical Textiles and Costumes

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:00pm

Associate Conservators Cathleen Zaret and Elizabeth Shaeffer discuss their conservation treatment and mount preparations for the current exhibitions "Binding the Clouds" and "Vanishing Traditions."