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Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's focus is the collection of early Chinese jades and bronzes donated by Arthur M. Sackler—a wealthy medical researcher and publisher. However, the museum houses a variety of Asian art dating as far back as 3000 BC. Displays of special note include Persian manuscripts, Indian paintings and Japanese prints. Works from China, Southeast Asia, Korea and Tibet are also featured. Concerts and art performances augment the visitor's tour. There is also a hands-on kids program called ImaginAsia with crafts, storytelling and more.
Famous and distinguished Americans are honored at the National Portrait Gallery in portraits, photographs and other visual media. A wide variety of politicians, artists, scientists and social activists are represented. This gallery is a remarkable testimony to the diverse figures the United States has produced, from Grace Kelly and Boris Karloff to George Washington, Mickey Mantle and Gertrude Stein. Photographs, prints, drawings and sculptures supplement the paintings. Of particular interest is the Hall of Presidents, which features a portrait or sculpture of each chief executive.
Established in 1976 by a collective of 30 artists, the Touchstone Gallery has maintained a 50-plus membership of artists since its inauguration. The gallery hosts a rotating collection of exhibits with the goal of exposing its community to an ever-changing and ever-growing artist community and its works. Visitors to the Touchstone Gallery may see exhibits featuring photography, ceramics, paintings, or mixed media. The gallery also promotes community involvement by supporting art outreach projects and created the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts in 2012.
One of the leading supporters of lowbrow or pop surrealism art, Art Whino is a gallery space that is sure to offer visitors a visual feast. Not only does the art gallery showcase artworks by emerging artists all over the world, but it also encourages the use of different medias. Whether you want to see an original artwork composed by pasting wheat or stencil sketches, you can be sure there will be something to delight the eyes at Art Whino. Note that this contemporary art gallery is open for events only.
Designed by architect James Renwick, who also designed the Smithsonian Castle, this gallery was the home of the Corcoran Art Collection until it outgrew the building. Currently, the Renwick is among the foremost craft museums in the country. It includes a full array of the art form, from handwoven rugs to Shaker furniture. The museum shop is a treasure trove of art and books honoring fine craftsmanship. The place reopened in 2015 after undergoing 2 years of renovations.
Joyce Muis Lowery, the director, leads this gallery and studio in its mission to celebrate the work of disabled students in a vocational arts program. A charming glass replica of the Washington Monument sits in front of the building. Inside, view a wonderful variety of art from beginning children, apprentices and full-fledged artists. Worth noting is the Christmas inventory sale (30 percent off), which is an annual highlight.