From time to time NGA will offer “field trips” to other federal museums to give employees an opportunity to support fellow institutions and see what peers are doing. This most recent trip was across the Mall to the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art. As with many collecting institutions, photography is limited, but I was able to get a few photos of Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan.
Turquoise Mountain is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 2006 by Prince Charles of Wales in partnership with President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai. Per their mission statement, their purpose is “to preserve and regenerate historic areas and communities with a rich cultural heritage and to revive traditional crafts, to create jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride.”
The exhibition showcases the organization’s achievements, which you can read more about on their website. Visitors learn a great deal about Afghan culture and heritage while exploring textiles, wood carvings, pottery, and jewelry.
Below are my favorite photos from the exhibition.
Many of the artworks are juxtaposed with videos of artisans who created the works, documenting their thoughts and artistic process.
Interesting shadow created by light showing through the wood screen!
And a few parting shots of the Freer Sackler on our way out!