The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. will transform into a cultural hot spot for the final “Asia After Dark” after-hours event, featuring a night of exploration and discovery into Chinese martial arts and 3-D printing technology.
Guests can explore 3-D scanning and printing with experts from the Smithsonian’s digitization program unit and participate in the creation of a 10-foot-tall replica statue of the Freer’s renowned “Cosmological Buddha.”
Keith Wilson, curator of ancient Chinese art, will also be on hand to discuss his latest research and what 3-D technology reveals about the scenes portrayed on the Buddha’s robe.
Kung fu martial arts demonstrations and the battle sounds of DJs Hop Fu will also be featured. Hop Fu will present their popular “hip-hop meets kung fu” performance–a live show that presents classic kung fu films with a live hip-hop musical score.
Tai chi demonstrations and a crafty teacup sleeve art activity provide a calming counterpoint. Specialty cocktails and food trucks will be available throughout the evening.
“Asia After Dark” resumes in 2014 to celebrate Bollywood, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s exhibition “Beyond Bollywood,” opening December 2013 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of National History.
Ticket prices for the event, Sat., Aug. 17, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; Silk Road Society prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The ticket price includes one free drink, and guests must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend.
For a full listing of the Freer and Sackler galleries’ programs for young professionals, visit the gallery’s website.