Online Colloquium

The Peacock Room in 1908

“Cross Cultural Interchange and Aspirations of Universality: The Peacock Room in 1908” is online interactive colloquium organized by the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.


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Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


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.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.


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