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  Darren Waterston, Filthy Lucre
Darren Waterston recreates Whistler's iconic Peacock Room in ‘Filthy Lucre’
May 16, 2015 - January 2, 2017
Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Washington, DC, USA
Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston, reimagines James McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room, a sumptuous 19th-century dining room and icon of American art, as a magnificent ruin, literally overburdened with its own materials, creativity and tortured history.
The room is the centerpiece of Peacock Room REMIX, an exhibition that probes the tensions between art and money, ego and patronage, and the Peacock Room’s own exquisite beauty and contentious past.
The exhibition offers the only chance for visitors to experience Waterston’s creation alongside the original Peacock Room, permanently displayed in the adjacent Freer Gallery of Art.
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Exhibition film The Peacock Room

Darren Waterston, Filthy Lucre (2013–14). Courtesy the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York. Installation view, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. Photo: Amber Gray, courtesy MASS MoCA.