The Peacock Room Comes to America

This free mobile app is available for iPhone and iPad. Nearly every object in Whistler’s Peacock Room can be selected for more information. There are 18 “highlighted objects” that have associated material attached to them, including sound bytes, photo galleries with related images, and an extended label. There are 254 pots on view in the room at the moment and the room is installed to appear as it did in Freer’s home. Visitors to the Freer can check out iPads for free at the front desk. This interactive app is a model for using new technology to introduce visitors to this landmark art installation. It will promote understanding and appreciate for Whistler’s Peacock Room and will encourage visitors to venture out to the Freer to see the real thing. I recommend it without hesitation.