PEACOCK ROOM REMIX: DARREN WATERSTON’S FILTHY LUCRE

May 16, 2015 – June 4, 2017

Smithsonian Institution, Freer|Sackler Galley

This exhibition features Filthy Lucre, an immersive installation that reimagines James McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room as a decadent ruin collapsing under the weight of its own creative excess. The centerpiece of a changing series of installations that highlight the complicated tensions between art and money, ego and patronage, and acts of creative expression in the nineteenth century and today. The third in this series, Chinamania, features work by contemporary ceramic sculptor Walter McConnell and explores the enduring craze for Chinese blue-and-white porcelain in the West.