Wonderful & Alarming Women: Charles Lang Freer and the Women Who Helped Establish His Museum

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Date: March 31, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Category: Lecture

--THE FREER HOUSE CELEBRATES WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH--

Wonderful & Alarming Women: Charles Lang Freer and the Women Who Helped Establish His Museum

Guest Speaker, Lillian Wilson, PhD, Humanities Career Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow, Managing Director of the Humanities Clinic at Wayne State University, Founder and Director of Detroit Historical Consulting

When Detroit industrialist-turned-art collector, Charles Lang Freer, died in 1919, four of his women friends--Katharine Nash Rhoades, Grace Dunham Guest, Agnes Ernst Meyer, and Louisine Havemeyer--took on leadership roles at his namesake museum, the Freer Gallery of Art. Delving into primary sources including personal and professional correspondence, museum reports, exhibition catalogues, photographs, and paintings, Lillian Wilson, PhD will discuss how these four dynamic women became curators, administrators, and trustees at the Freer Gallery. Their work exemplifies how women took on increasingly important roles at American art museums beginning in the 1910s. At the same time, their stories highlight how the professionalization of museum work, and upper-class conventions, imposed limits on women’s power in the art world.

Join us on Thursday, March 31, 6:00 - 7:15 PM EST as we discover how Freer’s friendships with Rhoades, Guest, Meyer, and Havemeyer offer fresh insight into his personal life and his ideas about the changing role of women in society during the early twentieth century.

To REGISTER for this virtual event, visit the Freer House Events Page or click on the "RSVP now" button above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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