West Meets East: Charles L. Freer, Trailblazing Asian Art Collector

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Date: November 10, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Freer House Hoobler Lounge | Map
71 E. Ferry
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Lecture

This Autumn marks the centenary of Freer's death in September, 1919.  It also marks the publication of the first biography on Freer's life and legacy to be published in over 25 years! The Freer House will host a very special presentation by author Helen Tomlinson, PhD, based on her exciting new book, West Meets East:  Charles L. Freer, Trailblazing Asian Art Collector, (Mascot Book, September, 2019).  The lecture will take place in the Freer House followed by a 'meet and greet' reception with the author and guided tours of the Freer House.


Dr. Tomlinson's engrossing biography of Freer traces his journey from a humble childhood in rural New York to his industrial career and role as a major cultural force in rapidly expanding Detroit of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Tomlinson's lecture draws on Freer's diaries and letters and will highlight his extraordinary adventures around the world in search of art and his great final achievement, the establishment of America's first national art museum, the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art.  Her new biography on Freer has been described by critics as "prodigiously researched,"  "engaging," "compelling," and a "must-read." 


According to Tomlinson, Freer blazed a trail where few others ventured on the path to becoming an internationally renowned connoisseur of American and Asian art.  Fiercely independent, intensely curious and always searching for deeper meaning in the art he loved, Freer's ground breaking accomplishments continue to be heralded and admired today by curators, scholars and art lovers around the world.


William Colburn


$15 GA


Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

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