Installation Opening on Saturday, 25 January 2020

Filthy Lucre: Whistler's Peacock Room Reimagined

  • Opening on Saturday, 25 January 2020

  • The Porter Gallery

  • Free

This immersive installation by contemporary artist Darren Waterston presents a detailed and decadent interpretation of James Abbott McNeill Whistler's famed Peacock Room, a sumptuous 19th-century interior.

Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre was created by the artist in collaboration with MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts. Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York.

Installation Highlights

View of the gold stalactites inside Darren Waterson's Filthy Lucre installation.
Darren Waterson, Filthy Lucre. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Photo by Hutomo Wicaksono
Detail showing broken pots, Darren Waterson's installation 'Filthy Lucre'
Darren Waterson, Filthy Lucre. Photo by Amber Gray / @mz_amber_gray
Detail of fireplace, inside Darren Waterson's installation 'Filthy Lucre'.
Darren Waterson, Filthy Lucre. Photo by Amber Gray / @mz_amber_gray
Detail view of the broken pots and walls inside Darren Waterson's 'Filthy Lucre' installation.
Darren Waterson, Filthy Lucre. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Photo by Hutomo Wicaksono
View of the gold fireplace with stalactites and paint on the floor, inside Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre installation.
Darren Waterson, Filthy Lucre. Photo by Amber Gray / @mz_amber_gray
Detail of the golden peacock mural inside Darren Waterston's 'Filthy Lucre'
Darren Waterson, Filthy Lucre. Photo by Amber Gray / @mz_amber_gray

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Filthy Lucre enamel badge

Filthy Lucre enamel badge

This pin badge design commemorates Filthy Lucre: Whistler's Peacock Room Reimagined. The 12 digit card number is made up of key years in the story of the Peacock Room and the creation and display of Filthy Lucre.

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Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre presents a dystopian response to the celebrated Peacock Room of 1876, designed by the architect Thomas Jeckyll and made infamous by the controversial painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

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Filthy Lucre ginger jar enamel badge

Filthy Lucre ginger jar enamel badge

This lidded jar known as a “ginger jar” was made in the Jingdezhen province around 1683 – 1710 and is typical of the Chinese ceramics that would have been on display in the Peacock Room.

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Filthy Lucre: Whistler's Peacock Room Reimagined
Background image: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Photo by Hutomo Wicaksono