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Visit the National Postal Museum During AAS 2018

Visit the Smithsonian National Postal Museum during your time in Washington, D.C.! The museum will offer a special introduction for AAS 2018 conference attendees on Thursday, March 22 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. For more than a century and a half, the world relied on postal services and postage stamps for the exchange of ideas between distant people. More than just enabling global conversations, however, postage stamps could be and often were an integral part of the discussion. The governments that created them carefully encoded philosophical, cultural, historical, and social messages they wished to project at home and abroad. Join the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s Chief Curator of Philately for an orientation to opportunities for semiotic and iconographic research in the museum’s collections of the stamps and postal history of Asia. After the program, coffee and doughnuts will be served and an optional docent-led tour of the museum will be offered. The Smithsonian National Postal Museum ...

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Visit the Freer|Sackler During AAS 2018

For scholars of Asian Studies, no trip to Washington, D.C. is complete without a visit to the Freer|Sackler, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art. We anticipate that many AAS 2018 conference attendees will make time to hop on the Metro and ride down to the National Mall, where they will find a newly renovated Freer|Sackler and a number of special exhibits. The Smithsonian Metro stop is practically on the doorstep of the Freer Gallery of Art, which houses a permanent collection assembled by Detroit industrialist Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919). Freer had diverse artistic interests, and the Freer Gallery displays works from China, Korea, Japan, the Islamic World, and South Asia. The Freer is also home to the spectacular Peacock Room, designed for a London mansion in the 1870s by James McNeill Whistler and later transported to the United States by Freer. A connecting passage links the Freer Gallery with the below-ground Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (entrance to the Sackler is also possible via the pavi ...

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