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.
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.
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.