FH Events

Sunday, June 4, 2017
From Traveler to Aesthete: Charles Lang Freer and Indian Art


Lecture - 2:00 pm
by
Brinda Kumar, Assistant Curator 
Department of Modern and Cotemporary Art 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Lecture Location: 
Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall, DIA
Lecture Cost: 
Free with DIA Admission


followed by
Tours & Reception - 3:00 pm 
Reception Location:
Freer House, 71 E. Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202
Reception Cost:
          $10 for General Public,
          $5 for Students
          $5 for Freer House & FAAC members



Co-Sponsors: DIA's Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures 

IMAGE: Hanuman returns the mountain with the four healing plants to the Himalayas. Artist: Zayn al'-'Abidin. Folio from the Ramayana of Valmiki, vol. 2, South Asian, Mughal period, Late 16th century, Freer Gallery of Art. Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution. 

FLYER
Detroit industrialist Charles Lang Freer's passion for India and Indian art influenced the formation of one of the finest early collections of Asian art in America. Freer's visionary aesthetic ideas positioned Indian art as "fine art" in an era when it was largely relegated in the West to being of only ethnographic or decorative interest. This lecture will situate Charles Lang Freer's seminal and enduring passion for India and Indian art within his larger aesthetifc and collecting project that culminated in the creation of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

For more information contact Rose Foster at: 313-664-2509 or rmfoster@wayne.edu


Sunday, March 26 2017 (FLYER)
A Museum Rises:
How Charles Lang Freer's Collection of American and Asian Art Landed on America's Mall


Lecture by Geoffrey G. Drutchas
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2 pm
at
The Freer House, 71 East Ferry, Detroit MI (MAP)
Reception and tours follow the lecture

  • Freer House Members $5
  • Students $5
  • General Admission $10

RSVP IS REQUIRED: space is limited: 313-664-2509 or rmfoster@wayne.edu

Parking is available behind the Freer House. Travel south on John R. to access WSU Lot 35.
Pay $7.50 by credit card at the gate. 


Sunday, May 22, 2016
Charles Lang Freer and the Discovery of Korean Ceramics

Lecture - 2 pm
by
Louise Cort, Curator of Ceramics
Freer | Sackler Galleries of Art, Smithsonian Institution
Location: Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall, DIA
Cost: Free with DIA Admission

Tours & Reception - 3 pm 
Location: Freer House, 71 East Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: $10 for general public, $5 for Freer House & FAAC members

Co-Sponsors:
DIA's Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures and Mr. David Roden
and
Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Korea



IMAGE: Ewer, Goryeo period, Stoneware, celadon glaze. Korea, Jeolla-do province. Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution. 

FLYER
Detroit industrialist and art collector, Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919) was deeply attracted to Korean ceramics of the Joseon period (1392–1910), their simple forms, spare decoration, and monochrome glazes. Between 1896 and 1918, however, he     expanded his collection to include celadon ceramics and stoneware from the earlier Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), which had once adorned royal palaces and Buddhist temples. This talk will illuminate the scope of and the reasons for the shift in Freer's Korean ceramic collecting.

For more information contact: 313.664.2500


Sunday, April 3, 2016
Cultivating History: Revitalizing Freer's Detroit Garden

Lecture - 2 pm | Tours & reception - 3 pm
David Michener, PhD
Associate Curator, University of Michigan, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Fred Knight
Principal, K.C. Runciman Landscapes
James Viste
Owner, Edgewise Forge, LLC
Adjunct Faculty, College for Creative Studies

Location: at Freer House, 71 East Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202
Registration: Space is limited, contact Rose Foster at 313-664-2509 or rmfoster@wayne.edu
Cost: Gen. Admission $15, Freer House Members $10, Students $5

EVENT FLYER
GARDEN PROJECT BROCHURE

In 1895, Freer created a truly unique garden. He turned to his friends, artists Thomas W. Dewing and Maria Oakey Dewing, landscaper Eutrope Ferrand, and architect Wilson Eyre, Jr., to give his city lot the feel of a rambling country estate. A blend of Eastern and Western plant varieties reflected Freer's interest in "points of contact" between Asian and American art. Today, the Freer House is working to revitalize the lost gardens, evoking Freer's original vision and updating it to create an inviting and sustainable environment, open to visitors and special events.
This lecture features three professionals leading the Courtyard Garden Revitalization Project: David Michener, PhD, will present his analysis of Freer's unique original plantings and suitable modern day varieties; Fred Knight will discuss the garden plan; and James Viste will describe the process of restoring the missing cast iron Peacock Room porch railing and creating historically appropriate new fencing. 


Event Archive

The Merrill-Palmer School, 1918-1930: Its Origins in Context
Catherine Daligga, PhD, Independent Scholar and Activist
01.28.16


Beneath the Surface: A Scientifc Investigation of Freer House's Original Decorative Paint Treatments
Cathy Selvius De Roo, PhD, Conservation Scientist, Detroit Institute of Arts
11.15.15 PDF - Flyer


The Business of Asian Art: Yamanaka & Company and Charles Lang Freer
Yuriko Kuchiki, Author and Journalist
April 26, 2015  PDF - Flyer


The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920
Anna O. Marley, PhD, Curator of Historical American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
October 10, 2014  PDF - Flyer


James McNeill Whistler: A Case for Beauty
A PBS Arts Documentary produced by Karen Thoms
September 7, 2014  PDF - Flyer


In Attendance to the Realm: the Kano School of Painters in 17th Century Japan
Yukio Lippit, PhD, Professor, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
May 4, 2014  PDF - Flyer


Freer House Lecture Series Flyer
2013 Freer House Lecture Series Calendar (PDF)


A Thousand Graces: Freer's Pilgrimage to the Buddhist Cave Temples at Longmen
and his Collection of Chinese Art
David Hogge, Head of Archives,Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
Daisy Yiyou Wang, PhD, curator of Chinese and East Asian Art,Peabody Essex Musem
October 20, 2013 PDF - flyer


Heels over Head: Mr. Freer, Swami Vivekananda, and the Art of Yoga
Debra Diamond, Phd
,Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
Sunday, June 2 , 2013  PDF - flyer


Harmony in Design: Freer House, the Detroit Club and the Architecture of Wilson Eyre, Jr
Jeffrey A. Cohen, PhD, Architectural Historian, Senior Lecturer and Chair, Growth of Cities Department,
Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, March 10, 2013 PDF - flyer


Painting with Pottery in the Peacock Room
Louise Allison Cort, Curator for Ceramics,
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
Sunday April 1, 2012  PDF - flyer


Whistler's Seriousness
Carole McNamara, Senior Curator of Western Art, 
University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)
Sunday, October 23, 2011 PDF - flyer


Freer and Whistler Through Music, Art and Letters
A benefit concert event announcing the Freer House "Whistler Gallery" Restoration Project. The remarkable relationship of the famous American artist, James McNeill Whistler, and the Detroit industrialist and art collector, Charles Lang Freer, will be the focus of this special concert event.
Sunday, March 27, 2011 PDF - flyer


Lasting Legacy: Charles Lang Freer's 1910 "Exhibition of Oriental and American Art" and the University of Michigan
Anna Wieck, PhD Candidate, History of Art, University of Michigan
Mei-Chen Pan, PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
Sarah Conrad, PhD Candidate, American Culture, University of Michigan
Sunday, January 30, 2011 PDF - flyer


A Discerning Taste for Japanese Art—the Formation of Charles Lang Freer's Collection
Ann Yonemura, PhD, Senior Associate Curator of Japanese Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
Sunday, October 24, 2010 PDF - flyer


Charles Lang Freer and Detroit's Pewabic Pottery
Thomas W. Brunk, PhD, Indepent Art and Architecture Historian
Sunday, March 28, 2010 PDF - flyer


A Benefit Concert at Freer House
A recreation of the historic first concert held at the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. on February 7, 1924 by the Library of Congress. Chamber music of diverse composers performed by the Scarab Club String Quartet.
Sunday, February 7, 2010 PDF - flyer


The Blue Room: Whistler's Peacock Room in Detroit
Linda Merrill, PhD, Visiting Professor of Art History, Emory University Whistler scholar, 
former Curator of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian
Sunday, Oct 25, 2009 PDF - flyer


Charles Lang Freer and Egypt
Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Chief Curator and Curator of Islamic Art
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 PDF - flyer


Charles Lang Freer and Egypt
Dr. Ann C. Gunter, Professor, Northwestern University 
Former Curator of Ancient Near Eastern Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
Sunday, May 3, 2009   PDF - flyer


Pretty Women: Freer and Feminine Beauty
Dr. Kenneth John Myers, Curator of American Art and Head of the Department of American Art,
Detroit Institute of Arts
February 8, 2009   PDF - flyer


Freer Gallery Surface Beauty: American Art and Freer's Aesthetic Vision 
Lee Glazer, Ph.D., Curator of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian
November 9, 2008   PDF - presentation         PDF - flyer