Posts Tagged ‘The Phillips Collection’

Reviewed: “Shaping a Modern Identity” at the Phillips Collection

“Shaping a Modern Identity: Photographs from the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg Collection” starts with a good question. “Is portraiture a reflection of the sitter’s truth?” the wall text asks. “Or that of the artist? Or a type of collaboration?”
Not surprisingly, the 16 images in the exhibit—the latest in the Phillips Collection’s series of small samplings [...]

How to View Ellsworth Kelly at the Phillips Collection

Painter Ellsworth Kelly recently turned 90, and to celebrate, the Phillips Collection has mounted an exhibit of six paintings he made between 2004 and 2009. Taken at face value, the pieces don't seem especially challenging; monochromes never seem to ask for more than an appreciation of color, size, and sometimes shape. But, if viewers are [...]

ToDo ToDay: Thiefs at Strathmore and a Room Made of Wax

Strathmore has outdone itself by presenting THIEFS as part of its Friday Night Eclectic series. The collective trio makes a glorious jumble. In their hands, acoustic jazz, hip-hop, soul, ambient, and dance music all wander freely through shifting environments: acoustic and electric, improvisation and composition, instrumental and vocal. But just as a Duchamp collage still [...]

The Best Images of 2012

Sometimes one image is enough to carry an exhibit. Here are my picks for the Top 10 images that appeared in photographic exhibits in D.C. in 2012.
1. Frank Hallam Day, ship hull images, Addison/Ripley Gallery
It’s difficult to choose the better of Day’s two photographs of ship hulls in “Waterline,” an exhibit loosely organized around the [...]

Arts Roundup: Wonky Edition

Lots of fanfare planned for the Discovery space shuttle's touchdown at the Air and Space Museum. [Post]
How to upend the problematic way(s) in which playwrights get their new work to theaters. Warning: high wonk factor. [Gwydion Suilebhan]
Robert Bettmann on expanding District support of the arts. [Huffington Post]
Jasper Johns in the hizzzaaaay. [Post]
Big Freedia's show at [...]

Reviewed: “Snapshot” at the Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection’s exhibition “Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard” has been in the works for a while, but its timing today couldn’t be more poignant. Just as Kodak is declaring bankruptcy, the exhibition reminds us how the invention of Kodak’s handheld camera in 1888 allowed late 19th century painters to harness the new [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Diogo Nogueira and Kill All Redneck Pricks

Diogo Nogueira wanted a career as a professional soccer player. But when he hurt his knee after two years with the Cruzeiro team, it was time to change jobs. The Brazilian vocalist’s late father João Nogueira, a samba star, brought his son to shows and jam sessions, often putting him behind the microphone. Diogo began [...]

Arts Roundup: Instant Lunch Edition

How to Build a Better Umbrella: Tuesday, it rained. Yesterday, it rained some more. Today, the downpour continues. All this rain got the Phillips Collection' Experiment Station bloggers thinking about a meeting they once had with the Italian artist and designer Vito Acconci, who created something called the Umbruffla, a silken, expansive cocoon that envelops its carrier. [...]

A Stepping Interpretation of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, at the Atlas Tonight

It seems like a perfect fit. Take Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, a set of 60 paintings depicting African Americans’ flight to the big cities of the north prior to World War II, half of which are housed at the Phillips Collection. Combine it with Step Afrika!, a DC-based dance company that has honed and built [...]

Arts Roundup: Surprise Party Edition

Grantland: The National Endowment for the Arts announced $88 million in grants yesterday, a sum that includes a few awards that will help fund the upcoming seasons at several organizations affected by cuts to the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs grant program. The Post's Jacqueline Trescott notes that GALA Hispanic Theatre received $40,000 to [...]

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