NowRuz Celebrations in Washington DC (Sackler Gallery of Art)

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Save the Date Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration Saturday, March 7, 11 am–5 pm Freer and Sackler Galleries and Ripley Center
Dance, play, and feast your way into the Persian New Year at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. The museums’ seventh annual Nowruz celebration features free attractions for all ages, including haft sin table displays, “fire” jumping, storytelling by Xanthe Gresham, face painting and calligraphy, art activities, Iranian music, backgammon and chess, a slideshow of nineteenth-century photographs of Iran, and traditional Persian food, tea, and sweets for sale.
Made possible by a generous grant from Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar.

Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy On view through May 3 Sackler #calligraphyThis exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in fourteenth-century Iran. More than twenty works dating from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta‛liq’s development, tell the story of its transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word into an artistic form.
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Image credits (top to bottom): Nowruz photo by F|S staff photographer. Detail, calligraphy folio from the Gulshan Album; signed by Mir Ali Haravi; probably Uzbekistan, Bukhara, Shaybanid period, ca. 1540, borders: India, Mughal period, ca. 1590–1600; ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; Purchase, F1956.12.
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