A photo of Martha Graham dancing
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Yousuf Karsh, Martha Graham, 1948 © Yousuf Karsh, Gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh. National Portrait Gallery

Empresses Exhibition Opening Day

Empresses Exhibition Opening Day
Celebrate Women’s History Month and the opening of the landmark exhibition Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912, with activities for all ages throughout the museums. Be transported into the imperial complex known as the Forbidden City through fascinating curator talks, performances, food, and art activities on this special day.

• Food for an Empress: taste recipes from the Chinese imperial court, 12–4 pm, Sackler, ImaginAsia Studio
• Entertainment for an Empress: Chinese classical musical theater performances, 1 and 3:30pm, Freer, Meyer Auditorium
• Create your own royal portrait, 12–4 pm, Sackler pavilion
• Write letters to women of the past, 12–4 pm, Sackler level B2
• Fly Chinese kites, 12–4 pm, Freer plaza (weather permitting)

• Gallery talks in English:
  • Exhibition curator tours, 12 and 2 pm, Sackler level B1 lobby
  • Meet Empress Dowager Cixi with Professor Ying-Chen Peng, 1:30 pm, Sackler pavilion
• Gallery talks in Mandarin:
  • Meet Empress Dowager Cixi with Professor Ying-Chen Peng, 12:30 pm, Sackler pavilion
  • Exhibition curator tour, 4 pm, Sackler level B1 lobby


Celebrations, Culinary Arts, Gallery Talks & Tours, Kids & Families, Performances


Freer and Sackler Galleries


Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Freer Gallery of Art

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Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912