This week, two new exhibitions opened at Smithsonian Museums which display work from the permanent collections. Recently opened at the Freer Gallery of Art is the exhibition Seasons: Chinese Landscapes, a collection of works from the permanent collection as part of the series of rotating exhibitions Seasons.
Seasons: Chinese Landscapes explores the seasonal themes and activities that frequently appear in Chinese painting, such as wandering in nature, visiting friends, or composing poetry. The works also depict the unique moods and feelings associated with each season. To allow Chinese voices to inform the interpretation of the works, the exhibition features numerous translations of inscriptions, colophons, and other directly related poems and texts.
Freer Gallery of Art
Seasons: Chinese Landscapes
December 18, 2010–June 12, 2011
Galleries 6 and 6A
Seasons: Japanese Screens
December 24, 2010–July 5, 2011,
And July 9, 2011–January 22, 2012
Also recently opened is Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image at the American Art Museum. Watch This! is a "new permanent gallery dedicated to the media arts," in which
the museum takes stock of the cutting-edge tools and materials used by video artists during the past 50 years. This installation features key artworks from the history of video art and works by a new generation of artists on the cutting edge of new media art practices. The works range from Nam June Paik's early, innovative experiments with video to Cory Arcangel's reworking of Nintendo games and obsolete computer systems.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, North Wing