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Annunciation, Gradual, Edili 151, fols 1v-2r Francesco di Antonio del Chierico, 1470-71
Annunciation, Gradual, Edili 151, fols 1v-2r, Francesco di Antonio del Chierico

Points of Contact: Freer’s Vision for American and Asian Art—Past, Present, and Future

Sunday, October 07, 2012

2:00 PM

  • For Everyone

Lecture Hall


Julian Raby

Director, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Washington, D.C.

Charles Lang Freer believed in what he termed “points of contact” between the arts of different regions. The museum he planned for the Smithsonian Institution was, at the outset, to exhibit Asian art and American art of the Aesthetic Movement. Over the past seventy years, however, the balance has shifted, and the museum is now primarily known for its masterpieces of Asia art.


Cosponsored by Freer House/Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute/Wayne State University, Asian & Islamic Art Forum, Associates of the American Wing, Japan America Society of Greater Detroit and Windsor, Detroit Historical Society, and Americana Foundation.