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Listen: The Peacock Room Comes to America

The Peacock Room is the most visited exhibition in the Freer Gallery of Art. Listen to stories about the famous room, from its creation in London to its installation in the Freer Gallery of Art.


Week I

Four Men in Three Acts

In this mini-opera, learn more about The Peacock Room’s three lives in London, Detroit, and Washington, DC, as well as the colorful personalities involved in its making and subsequent reinstallation in the United States.

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Week II

Quarreling Peacocks

Listen in on the heated discussions between patron Frederick Leyland (played by our very own museum director Julian Raby) and artist James McNeill Whistler (conservator Andrew Hare doing the honors) as they grapple with the issue of payment for the newly-painted Peacock Room. This dramatic dialogue is based on letters the two men exchanged between 1876 and 1877.

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Week III

All Works of Art Go Together, Part 1

Louise Cort, curator of ceramics at the museum, discusses Charles Lang Freer’s ideas about collecting. Believing that "all works of art go together," he acquired—then displayed—a large variety of Asian ceramics in the Peacock Room.

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Week IV

All Works of Art Go Together, Part 2

Chief curator and curator of Islamic Art, Massumeh Farhad explores Charles Lang Freer’s interest in Near Eastern ceramics, including Raqqa pottery. Named for the region in Syria where they were believed to have originated, many of these pieces are on view for the first time since the museum opened in 1923.

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