January 15, 1924. A special exhibition of James Whistler’s etchings opens at the Freer Gallery of Art. We do not know how many young ladies were invited to view them by Lotharios with impure motives. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: January 15, 1924
January 3, 1905. President Theodore Roosevelt has to convince the Smithsonian Regents to accept industrialist Charles Lang Freer’s gift of his extensive art collection. Bully for Teddy! Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: January 3, 1905
May 2, 1923. Thousands attend the opening of the Freer Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian’s Asian art museum. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: May 2, 1923
April 15, 1912. The Natural History Museum hosts a first preview of the Freer Gallery of Art collections. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: April 15, 1912
February 17, 1984. The exhibition “Korean Influences on Japanese Ceramics” opens at the Freer Gallery. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: February 17, 1984
Google Art Project offers an unprecedented appreciation of some of the world’s most treasured works of art in stunning gigapixel detail. Continue reading Freer Gallery is among those featured in Google Art Project
The Dalai Lama visits the Freer Gallery of Art for a tour of the collections and views Smithsonian films about Tibetan Buddhist culture.
The Freer Gallery of Art closes for major construction that will provide underground access between the Freer and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The project triples the Freer space for art conservation and technical study, increases its collection storage facilities by 70 percent, and offers greater access to visitors with mobility impairments.
Freer Gallery of Art—through August 2011 “Chinamania: Whistler and the Victorian Craze for Blue-and-White” looks at the significance of Chinese export porcelain in Victorian England, where it was first an object of serious aesthetic inspiration for artists such as James McNeill Whistler but soon proliferated as an inspirational commodity.
Honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of James McNeill Whistler, the Freer Gallery of Art opens an exhibition some 300 works by Whistler, including oils, watercolors, pastels and drawings, as well as his only surviving architectural scheme, the Peacock Room. Freer attendance during the exhibition increased 50 percent over the previous year.