Smithsonian Institution

Detail, Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen. James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). Oil on wood panel, 1864. Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1904.75a.
October 5, 2011

Thursday and Friday, October 27–28, 2011

Free; register now.

Presentations by international scholars consider how issues of patronage, collecting, display, and critical interpretation shaped the Aesthetic art movement, its theories and practices, and its reception in a global context. Through the introduction of new approaches to Aestheticism, scholars challenge conceptions about the place of James McNeill Whistler and his international circle of contemporaries within the Aesthetic movement.

This symposium honors the achievements of Professor Margaret MacDonald of the University of Glasgow. It is organized by the Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, a scholarly collaboration of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art, and the University of Glasgow. It is the first in a series of conferences supporting the consortium’s mission of promoting innovative scholarship on the art of James McNeill Whistler and his international circle of contemporaries.

“Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism” is made possible by the generosity of the Lunder Foundation.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
The proceedings will be archived and available online for future reference.

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Conference Program

Speaker Bios


For more information, contact: Margaret Laster, Fellow, Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at [email protected].

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