Arts Desk

Wear Boat Shoes, Lend Renoir Your Thoughts Tomorrow at the Phillips

Only T-Pain will be missing from the Phillips Collection's yacht rock–themed special edition of its Phillips After 5 series tomorrow. For the party—during which the museum stays open late and serves wine and fare—the Phillips is inviting folks to dress in their best summer whites, while the museum dishes up Caribbean dancing, beverages, and food. Boat shoes are not required, but they are strongly recommended.

The artistic portion of the evening's activities is boat-themed as well. In collaboration with Philippa Hughes—-who proposed the idea, and who is bringing D.C. duo Bluebrain and an end-of-summer white party (more on that here) to the Phillips's otherwise regularly scheduled happy hour—-artist and digital wizard Alberto Gaitán is bringing some tech that will enable users to broadcast the thoughts of the figures in Renoir's Lunceon on the Boat Party.

Viewers looking at the painting will be able to text a message (through a Twitter-esque service) and see it appear as a thought bubble projected on the painting. Gaitán describes it as "augmented-reality graffiti." Someone be sure to text that over the dog's head.

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