Lee Glazer is associate curator of American art at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. She is the author of A Perfect Harmony: The American Collection in the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art (2013) and co-editor of Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism (2013), East West Interchanges in American Art (2012), and James McNeill Whistler in Context (2008). Recently Dr. Glazer oversaw the reinstallation of the Peacock Room to its appearance in 1908, when its shelves were filled with Asian ceramics collected and arranged by museum founder Charles Lang Freer and wrote the accompanying publication, The Peacock Room Comes to America (2012). She was the project director for The Story of the Beautiful: Freer, Whistler, and Their Points of Contact (www.peacockroom.wayne.edu) and The Peacock Room Comes to America mobile app.
François Lachaud is Professor of Japanese Studies at the Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient and EFEO professor of Japanese Studies at the Religious Studies department of the Ecole pratique des hautes études. He specializes in Japanese Buddhism (Zen Schools), early modern Japanese art history, and literati cultures and has particular interest in Japanese antiquarianism, eccentricity, the history of collecting and connoisseurship. His books include La Jeune Fille et la mort (2006), and Le Vieil Homme qui vendait du thé (2010). Professor Lachaud is an expert on transcultural relations in East Asia and is involved in projects on the discovery of Buddhism by Jesuits, Protestant contributions to Japanese culture, and transcultural exchanges in East Asia during the Age of Empires. From July 2011 to June 2012, he was Smithsonian Senior History of Art Fellow at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art. He continued his residency as a Curatorial Fellow in 2013, contributing his scholarship to the 2014 exhibition Kiyochika: Master of the Night, which opened at the Sackler on March 29.
Ayako Ono teaches art history at Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan, and serves as a visiting lecturer at Nagano Prefectural College. Her research interests include cross-cultural exchange between the West and Japan, and her current focus is on the Japanese “discovery” of Whistler in the early twentieth century. She is the author of Japonisme in Britain: Whistler, Menpes, Henry, Hornel and Nineteenth-Century Japan (2003) and “Networks of Modernism: A New Look at Whistler and Japan,” which was part of the multi-author volume Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism (2013). Dr. Ono is a member of the Freer’s International Scholarly Advisory Board for American Art and was a speaker at the 2011 webinar on the Peacock Room. Currently, she is the curator of a major retrospective exhibition of Whistler’s work that opens in Kyoto in September 2014. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Glasgow.
John Siewert is Associate Professor of modern and contemporary art history at The College of Wooster (Ohio). He received his BA in history of art from the University of Minnesota and PhD from the University of Michigan. A former Fulbright, Smithsonian, and Luce Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, he was the Smithsonian Senior Fellow in Art History for 2012-13 at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. From 1996 to 2006 he held an appointment as honorary research fellow at the Centre for Whistler Studies, University of Glasgow. His publications include an essay and entries in the catalogue for Turner Whistler Monet, an exhibition seen in Toronto, Paris, and London in 2005; and, more recently, “Interior Motives: Whistler’s Studio and Symbolist Mythmaking,” in Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism (2013). At present John is completing a book manuscript titled Whistler and the Aesthetic Landscape of London, which addresses the multiple intersections of Realism and Aestheticism that reconfigure the representation of place in Whistler’s urban imagery.
James Ulak is senior curator of Japanese art at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and a specialist in the history of narrative painting production in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Japan. Dr. Ulak has also written on eighteenth-century “eccentric” painters and on Japan’s artistic encounters with modernity, a theme that is highlighted in his current exhibition at the Sackler, Kiyochika: Master of the Night. A resident of Japan for nearly fifteen years, Dr. Ulak joined the staff of the Freer|Sackler as curator of Japanese art in 1995. For the past three years he has served as senior curator of Japanese art. Prior to that, he was Head of Collections and Research and Chief Curator (2002–2003) and Deputy Director (2003–10). He has developed and produced numerous exhibitions, often in conjunction with Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. On April 29, 2010, the Government of Japan conferred on Dr. Ulak the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in recognition of his exceptional achievement in strengthening Japan-US bilateral relations in the area of cultural exchange.