Join us for hybrid Saturday University lectures this spring! Come back to the auditorium at the Seattle Asian Art Museum or tune in from the comfort of your home via Zoom. There is a nominal charge ($5) for both in-person and virtual tickets and ticket purchase is required for access to this lecture.
Kit Brooks, Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art, National Museum of Asian Art, explores the legacy of legendary collector Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919). Freer travelled the world collecting objects when he began the second stage of his life; taking early retirement after a lucrative career as a railway industrialist. He bought and learned from now legendary dealers and collectors like Yamanaka and Company, C. T. Loo, and Ernest Fenollosa—to name but a few. Freer was especially fond of the traditional arts of Japan, China, and the Ancient Near East, which he combined with his tastes in contemporary American art, according to an aesthetic ideal that he believed united beautiful objects across time and region." (Promo Copy)