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Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism

Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art
October 27–28, 2011

Program subject to change

Program


Thursday, October 27


12:30–1:00
Check in
1:00–1:15
Welcome
1:15–2:00
Keynote Address

Artist as Muse
Ruth Fine
Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

2:00–2:10
Remarks
Margaret MacDonald
Professor Emeritus and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow
University of Glasgow
2:10–2:30
Break
2:30–3:45
Aesthetic Subjectivity

Subject and Object in Whistler: The Context of Physiological Aesthetics
Caroline Arscott
Head of Research and Professor of Nineteenth-Century British Art
Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Interior Motives: Whistler’s Studio and Symbolist Mythmaking
John Siewert
Associate Professor of Art History
College of Wooster, Wooster

Aesthetes on Display: Not Masculine and Progressive but Reclusive and Retrospective
Susan Casteras
Professor and Chair of Art History
University of Washington, Seattle

3:45–4:15
Discussion

Friday, October 28


8:45–9:10
Check in
9:10–9:20
Welcome
9:20–10:10
Peacock Room Reconsidered

Whistler, Aestheticism, and the Networked World
Melody Barnett Deusner
Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art
Northwestern University, Evanston

“Art and Money; or, the Story of the Room”: Whistler, the Peacock Room, and the Artist as Magus
Sally-Anne Huxtable
Lecturer in Design History, Department of Arts
University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne

10:10–11:25
Displaying Aestheticism

Displaying Aestheticism’s Kitsch: Rossetti’s Virtual Parodies of Victorian Goods
Julie Codell
Professor of Art History
Arizona State University, Tempe

Aestheticism Meets Arts and Crafts: Decorative Art on Display
Imogen Hart
Assistant Curator, Department of Exhibitions and Publications
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

The Afterlife of the Palace of Art: Hugh Lane at Lindsey House
Morna O’Neill
Assistant Professor, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century European Art
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem

11:25–11:55
Discussion
12:00–1:30
Lunch Break
1:30–3:10
Beyond Whistler’s Art Worlds

Aesthetic Internationalism: Whistler’s Paris Studio in the 1890s
Anna Grueztner Robins
Professor of History of Art
University of Reading, Reading

Networks of Modernism: A New Look at Whistler in Japan
Ayako Ono
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
Shinshu University, Nagano

Between the City and the Landscape: Whistler and the Aesthetic City
David Peters Corbett
Professor of Art History and American Studies
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of East Anglia, Norwich

Enlisting Aestheticism: Beauty, Valor, and the Great War
Linda Merrill
Instructor, Department of Art History
Emory University, Atlanta

3:10–3:40
Discussion
3:40–3:50
Break
3:50–4:40
Exhibiting Whistler Today

The Frick’s Whistlers
Susan Grace Galassi
Senior Curator
The Frick Collection, New York

Whistler and Art of the Americas
Erica Hirshler
Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, Art of the Americas
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

4:40–4:55
Discussion
4:55–5:00
Closing Remarks

Overview
Speaker Bios
Abstracts

Detail of 'The Golden Screen' by James McNeill Whistler

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.