Cross Cultural Interchange and Aspirations of Universality: The Peacock Room in 1908

When 11 May 2011
8:00PM - 9:30PM
Where Smithsonian

United States

The Peacock Room in Charles Lang Freer’s Detroit home, 1908. Photograph by George Swain. Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art | Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer.

The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery invite you to participate in a free online colloquium.

Wednesday 11 May, 8–9:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
To register, click here.

Taking the Freer Gallery’s exhibition The Peacock Room Comes to America as a jumping-off point, this interactive webinar will explore ways in which James McNeill Whistler’s famed interior became a space filled with complex narratives of multidirectional aesthetic interchange. Exhibition curator Lee Glazer will provide an overview of the installation and discuss how Charles Lang Freer, the Detroit industrialist and collector who purchased the room in 1904, used it as an aesthetic laboratory to test his cosmopolitan philosophy of collecting and display.  A “lightning round” of presentations focusing on the global circulation of artistic objects and international patterns of patronage and critical discourse will follow. The program will include Q and A and discussion between the audience and presenters. To learn more about the Peacock Room, click here.

Lee Glazer, exhibition curator, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Arabella Teniswood-Harvey, University of Tasmania, Australia
Whistler in Australia: Cross-Cultural Connections
Patricia de Montfort, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Bought by an American: The Peacock Room Heads West
Ayako Ono, Shinshu University, Japan
Aesthetic Dialogues of East and West: Whistler’s Points of Contact


This event is being organized by the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery with a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art, which is dedicated to fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of American art for national and international audiences. Closed captioned. Live voice translation in Japanese. The program is free and open to the public.

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