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Charles Lang Freer and Egypt

Sunday, May 03, 2009 |2:00 PM

Special Lecture Series at the Historic Charles Lang Freer House
Sponsored by Asian & Islamic Art Forum and Friends of the Freer House

Dr. Ann C. Gunter
Professor, Northwestern University and former curator of Ancient Near Eastern Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Charles Lang Freer and Egypt
Detroit businessman and art collector extraordinaire, Charles Lang Freer (1854–1919), became fascinated with ancient Egyptian art during three trips to Egypt between 1906 and 1909. Ann Gunter will discuss the place Egyptian art occupied in Freer’s notion of beauty and his collecting activities. She will reconstruct his Egyptian travels and the colorful characters—collectors, dealers, scholars, and artists—he met along the way. Gunter will also locate Freer’s travels and collecting in the broader context of American tourism and interest in Egyptian antiquities at the turn of the 20th century, when a growing number of Gilded Age barons, including J. Pierpont Morgan, were collecting in the same field. Dr. Gunter’s many publications include A Collector’s Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt (2002).

Lecture underwritten by the Americana Foundation.

A reservation is required for the lecture and tour as space is limited.

Call (313) 872-1790, or e-mail rmfoster@wayne.edu.

General Admission $10.00, Student $5.00, payable at the door.Complimentary admission to the Friends of the Freer House and Asian & Islamic Art Forum members.

Events will be held at the Charles Lang Freer House, 71 East Ferry St., Detroit (One block north of the DIA).
Visit www.mpsi.wayne.edu/map.html for free parking and location information.