On October 15, 2015 the Colby College Museum of Art will host a one day symposium, Whistler: Nature and Nation. Generously supported by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the symposium is dedicated to the exploration of how the American artist James McNeill Whistler reimagined ideas of nature and nation in light of his international contexts and experiences. Speakers include leading scholars on Whistler and the history of American Art. Click on the save-the-date for a list of speakers. Please contact Justin McCann at jbmccann(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)colby.edu for more information.
Terrific piece by Peter Schjeldahl of the New Yorker on Whistler’s Mother currently on view at The Clark in Williamstown, MA.
Colby College Museum of Art’s Whistler and the World: The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler began printing today at Meridian Printing in East Greenwich, RI. The catalogue, which includes twenty-four essays and features the entire collection of over 300 Whistlers, will be available in mid-September. The exhibition of the same name opens on September 24th at the museum in Waterville, ME.
Justin McCann, Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies Fellow at the Colby College Museum of Art, will give a talk this Saturday, August 8th at 11 a.m. at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, as part of the Clark’s exhibition Whistler’s Mother: Grey, Black and White. McCann’s talk is entitled “Whistler’s Mother: A Family History” and looks at the iconic painting, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Artist’s Mother, from the context of Whistler’s family history and his relationship with his mother.
As part of the Terra Foundation Artbeat special, Chicago Tonight interviews exhibition co-curators Victoria Sancho Lobis and Meg Hausberg as they take viewers inside Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions on view at the Art Institute of Chicago until September 27.
As part of the exhibition Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions, the Art Institute of Chicago have put together an interactive feature that maps the artistic networks of Whistler and Theodore Roussel. See who is connected to who and how ideas, images, and practices circulated in this vibrant community of artists, dealers, collectors, and printers.
Sunday, September 20, 2:00-4:00, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC
Filthy Lucre, a contemporary reimagining of Whistler’s famed Peacock Room, came together with help from a team of builders, artisans, and painters. In this panel discussion, artist Darren Waterston explores the intense and highly collaborative nine-month journey. Joined onstage by the project’s key collaborators—MASS MoCA curator Susan Cross and lead fabricator Derek Parker—Waterston shares a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Filthy Lucre, from the first models to the finished installation.
NPR’s Morning Edition takes a look at The Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre now on view at the Freer Gallery of Gallery and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC.