A Buddhist monk's stole (kesa), Japan, Edo period, 1603–1868, silk, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1916.663
Tuesday, April 11, 12:00-12:40
Sneak Peek—Inside “A Journey of Taste: Freer and Japanese Scroll Mounting”
A little-known aspect of Charles Lang Freer’s collecting was his deep commitment to the aesthetic presentation and care of his East Asian painting collection. In 1916, he hired two scroll-mounters from Japan to remount hundreds of his paintings before they were transferred to the Smithsonian. This set the precedent for the East Asian Painting Conservation Studio, which continues to conserve and remount this growing collection today. In connection with the exhibition A Journey of Taste: Freer and Japanese Scroll Mounting, conservator Andrew Hare and curator Frank Feltens will share some of the behind-the-scenes stories about the hanging scrolls, archival albums, videos, and people that made this journey-themed centennial exhibition possible.