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December 2, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Detroit Institute of Arts | Map
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

MARK YOUR CALENDER! Free House Fall Lecture 2018


Sunday, December 2nd, 2:00pm

Charles Lang Freer and His Adventures in Chinese Art Collecting

Guest Speaker:

Daisy Yiyou Wang, Ph.D.

The Robert N. Shapiro Curator of Chinese

and East Asian Art

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA


2:00pm lecture will be at the DIA.

Free with Museum Admission.


3:30 - 5:00pm lecture reception & tours

at the Freer House:

$10 general public, $5 members.

No RSVP required.


Charles Lang Freer was a pioneering collector of Chinese art in America. His collection laid the foundation of the world-class Chinese holdings at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art, the national museum of Asian art. Why Chinese art? Delving into his diary, purchasing records, and spectacular art collection, Dr. Daisy Yiyou Wang will recount stories of Freer as a savvy collector, a fearless adventurer and a visionary philanthropist. Dr. Wang also shares her new research on Freer’s collecting strategies and the international art market conditions in the early twentieth century. Dr. Wang’s upcoming book, Charles Lang Freer and Collecting Chinese Art 美美与共: 佛利尔与中国艺术收藏,is the first published monograph on the formation of Freer’s Chinese art collection.


Dr. Daisy Yiyou Wang received her Ph.D. in art history from Ohio University. She is a specialist in later Chinese art, Chinese contemporary art, and the history of collecting. Her publications cover topics ranging from Buddhist art to contemporary art and the history of collecting Chinese and Korean Art. Dr. Wang is also curator of the major traveling exhibition, Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, opening at the Peabody Essex Museum in August 2018.


co-sponsored by:

Friends of Asian Arts & Cultures

Detroit Institue of Arts



with support from:

The Americana Foundation

Erb Family Foundation

The Kresge Foundation

Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development

Wayne State University

For more information about this event, please contact Kenneth Alyass at 586 382 5728 or