- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Take an imaginary artistic journey on the fabled Silk Road at the Meridian International Center’s landmark show Ancient Threads, Newly Woven: Recent Art from China’s Silk Road. The first showing in the United States of paintings and prints by today’s Chinese artists, it features work from the mainly outlying cities of Kashgar, Urumqi, Dunhuang and Xian. The paintings range from the brightly painted “Farmer Paintings” by farmers near Kashgar to traditional ink-and-brush sketches by artists from Xian. At the White-Meyer Galleries of the Meridian Center, 1630 Crescent Place NW, 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through June 27. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Free. 202/939-5558.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Another comprehensive retrospective of the movies of an esteemed Asian filmmaker — Japan’s Yasujiro Ozo (1903-1963) — will unfold over the next several weeks at three sites: daily at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre, Fridays and Sundays at the Freer Gallery of Art, and Saturdays and Sundays at the National Gallery of Art. Echoing earlier series devoted to Kenji Mizoguchi and Kon Ichikawa of Japan and Satyajit Ray of India, this survey includes all the extant features directed by Mr. Ozu during a 35-year career that began in 1927. The AFI Silver phase begins tomorrow with a one-week revival of Late Spring, circa 1949, one of the most affecting of the Ozu films, which typically concentrated on domestic comedy and pathos. Free showings at the Freer also begin tomorrow with the delightful Good Morning, made in 1958. Free programs in the East Building of the National Gallery begin Saturday with a double bill of silent films, Days of Youth and A Mother Should Be Loved. The AFI Silver is at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Admission is $8.50 for the general public. Call 301/495-6720 for general information. The Freer is at Jefferson Drive & 12th Street SW. Call 202/357-2700. The National Gallery is at 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW. 202/737-4215.

— Gary Arnold

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