After Hours

Experience the museums at night with programming combining art, film, music, food, and more. Each event may feature films, pop-up concerts, tours, art making, and food and drink from local vendors.

Freer Film Friday: Iranian Art, Music, and Film

Friday, February 23, 5:30–9 pm
Freer|Sackler
Cosponsored by the Silk Road Society

Join us to celebrate the 2018 Iranian Film Festival at this special after-hours event! Experience both the traditional and contemporary culture of Iran with music and an exclusive sneak peek of the new exhibition The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran. Enjoy small bites and a cash bar, and at 7 pm, catch special screenings of two films by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Images from the Qajar Dynasty and Once Upon a Time, Cinema.

  • 5:30–9 pm: Small bites for sale from Amoo’s Restaurant and cash bar
  • 6–8:30 pm: Meet Simon Rettig, curator of The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran
  • 7–9 pm: Film screenings of Images from the Qajar Dynasty and Once Upon a Time, Cinema by Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Freer Film Friday: Japan and Jazz

Friday, April 6, 5:30–8 pm
Freer
Cosponsored by the Silk Road Society

Join us to celebrate the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival at this special after-hours event! Get an unexpected view into Japanese culture through live jazz by Tomohiro Mori, a Q&A with artists, and exclusive curator tours of Japanese art exhibitions. Enjoy small bites and a cash bar. And at 7:30 pm, catch The Stormy Man, a classic film about dueling jazz drummers, which kicks off our retrospective of films by legendary Japanese director Umetsugu Inoue.

Members of the Silk Road Society enjoy special access and benefits! The Silk Road Society offers young professionals in the DC area a chance to experience Asian art and culture in engaging and creative contexts. Members receive benefits such as special access to Freer|Sackler exhibitions and evening events, plus discounts in Smithsonian shops and at local hotspots.