Nickerson Lecture: Peacock Room

Thursday, October 15, 2015
6 p.m.

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The second in our 2015 Nickerson Lecture Series we will look at the ways in which the Peacock Room, James McNeill Whistler’s famed decorative interior, has intersected with the history of collecting Asian ceramics in the West.  Since 1923, this room has been on display as one of the great treasures of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. From being a static icon of Victorian aestheticism the Peacock Room has a dynamic history and can tell many stories about how Asian ceramics shifting between East and West.

This lecture is part of the Driehaus Museum’s 2015 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series, a program which serves to situate the Nickerson Mansion within the context of social artistic developments of the period and against the wider background of America’s Gilded Age.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for any attendees who would like to explore the Museum and its collections. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. As space is limited, advance reservations are highly recommended. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Lee Glazer  Lee Glazer has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and has lectured and published on a wide range of art historical topics, including nineteenth-century popular illustration and song, the artist Romare Bearden, and James McNeill Whistler and American aestheticism. She recently reinstalled the Peacock Room to its appearance in 1908, when its shelves were filled with Asian ceramics collected and arranged by museum founder Charles Lang Freer. 

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