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Mellon Lectures: Sundays Beginning March 26/NGA East Building

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA)’s 66th annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts begin March 26.

The renowned lecture series will be given by Alexander Nemerov, the department chair and Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University, on the topic of Hudson River School painters and their contemporaries.

Nemerov’s lectures, entitled The Forest: America in the 1830s, will present a fundamentally new account of Thomas Cole (1801–1848), John Quidor (1801–1881), James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851), and other artists and writers of that time and are the first A. W. Mellon lectures to be dedicated to American painting and literature in the 19th century.

March 26: Herodotus among the Trees
April 2: The Tavern to the Traveler: On the Appearance of John Quidor’s Art
April 9: The Aesthetics of Superstition
April 23: Animals Are Where They Are
April 30: Emerson, Raphael, and Light Filtering through the Woods
May 7: The Forest of Thought: On the Roof with Robert Montgomery Bird

Lectures begin at 2:00 p.m. and will take place in the East Building Auditorium.

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New Acquisitions: Bethesda Fine Art

Sam Gilliam, Kenneth Young, Jacob Kainen, Howard Mehring, Paul Reed

SAM GILLIAM
For the Fog series, 1996
mixed media, app. 45″ x 29″
KENNETH YOUNG
Dance, c. 1970
acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 41″

JACOB KAINEN

Loomings II, 1991
acrylic on canvas, 50″ x 60″

HOWARD MEHRING

Untitled, 1967
acrylic on canvas, 57″ x 48″

HOWARD MEHRING

Double, 1977-1978
acrylic on canvas, 68″ x 66″

PAUL REED

#5 A, 1965
acrylic on canvas, 57½” x 44″
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Bethesda Fine Art
4931 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland
240.800.3628

 

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ArtsAction DC Advocacy Day

Did You RSVP for ArtsAction DC Advocacy Day?
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

We’re sure you’ve seen the news…

With today’s announcements that the new administration proposes to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Corporation for Public Broadcasting among others:

This is not just about the arts. This is about access, creativity, equity, community, history, and heritage. There’s a long federal budget process ahead. Here’s what you can do today:

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on arts and humanities education issues both federal and DC.

Register and join us when we meet DC Councilmembers forArtsActionDC Advocacy Day next week Wednesday, March 22nd starting at 10am – Advocacy briefing at 11:00am.

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Arts Mobilization Center has to the minute info on the arts at the federal level, and sign up for the Arts Action Fund.


We Need You!

Let’s Ensure Arts and Humanities Education is Well-Represented!

Local Advocacy Actions for DC Collaborative Arts and Humanities Educators in March and April


#BeTheVoice
#ArtsandHumanitiesforEveryStudent
2017 Advocacy Day March 22 starting at 10:00am


On Wednesday, March 22nd, the Arts, Humanities and Creative Economy sectors will be taking over the Wilson building as part of the 2017 ArtsAction DC Advocacy Day from 10:00am-4:00pm. Immediately following Advocacy Day, the 3rd Politics & Art: A Jam Session at the Wilson Building hosted by Council member David Grosso and the Washington Performing Arts will take place starting @ 5:30pm.

In order for our advocacy efforts to be successful, we need active participation from educators, members and all leaders in the Arts, Humanities and the Creative Economy community.


On March 22nd, participate in a full calendar of Council members and staff meetings in the Wilson Building from 10am-4pm – with a special advocacy briefing and training session with Americans For the Arts at 11:00am.


We all need to help ensure a large group of participants for the March 22nd events!

  1. RSVP NOW to Participate in ArtsAction DC Advocacy Day on March 22nd
  2. Spread the Word: Invite Your Staff and board to Participate
  3. Help Arrange Programming to Showcase Cultural Activities
If you have any questions regarding ArtsAction DC Advocacy Day  email: artsactiondc@gmail.com

Local Advocacy Opportunities for DC Collaborative Arts and Humanities Educators in March and April:
3/22/17 ArtsAction DC Advocacy Day (registermore info)

DCPS Chancellor Engagement Sessions (schedule)
DC Council FY18 Budget Hearings (schedulemore info)

About the DC Collaborative

The DC Collaborative, in partnership with our members, advances access to learning opportunities in the arts and humanities for all DC public and public charter school students.

For more information, please
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Jazz in the Garden concert series at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden begins May 19

The widely popular Jazz in the Garden concert series at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden begins its 17th season on May 19, 2017, with weekly performances on Fridays through August 25, 2017. The free concerts feature locally and nationally acclaimed musicians performing a wide variety of musical genres—Brazilian bluegrass, Dixieland, Czech jazz, Steel Pan Caribbean jazz, blues fusion, Brazilian jazz, soul, and more.

Concerts take place every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, located between 7th and 9th Streets NW, along Constitution Avenue. For more information and to see the full schedule, visithttp://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/press/jazz.html.

 

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April at the Phillips: Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque continues..

EXHIBITIONS
Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under
through
April 30, 2017
Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque
Through his lithographs and posters, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captured the heart of Parisian nightlife in dynamic cabaret and café-concert scenes inspired by the city’s burgeoning entertainment district. A frequent visitor to lively hotspots, his record of local amusements fashioned a portrait of modern life. This special exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, one of the foremost collections of the artist’s prints and posters. Nearly 100 examples of incomparable quality and color celebrate daily life and the premier performers of the belle époque—Aristide Bruant, Marcelle Lender, Cha-U-Kao, and others—cleverly caricatured through Toulouse-Lautrec’s perceptive skills of observation and transformation. Drawn from the artist’s most prolific years exploring lithography (1891–1899), these iconic images and rarely exhibited unique proofs provide insight into his innovative and complex process.
Admission for all other art on view:

Weekends: $12 for adults, $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under; FREE weekdays, includes permanent collection
INTERSECTIONS
Contemporary art projects inspired by the art and spaces in The Phillips Collection
through
May 7, 2017
Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now
New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. For this installation, Shechet’s sculptures in ceramic, porcelain, and paper are exhibited with works she selected from the permanent collection.
ALSO ON VIEW
March 11
through
June 25, 2017
George Condo: The Way I Think
An extraordinarily prolific painter and highly imaginative artist, George Condo (b. 1957) is best known for his existential humor and unhinged pictorial inventions. His works synthesize disparate stylistic elements ranging from 17th century Venetian and Dutch painting through 20th-century Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art into singular works of art—a practice he called “Artificial Realism” and later “Psychological Cubism.” The Way I Think explores Condo’s artistic progression spanning three decades with approximately 200 drawings, sketches, and sketchbooks, along with several “Drawing Paintings” that allow visitors to glean unprecedented insights into the artist’s mind and creative process.
through
April 23, 2017
Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture
Featuring a series of 15 rarely seen silkscreen prints created by American artist Jacob Lawrence between 1986 and 1997, this exhibition portrays the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture (1742–1803), the former slave turned leader of Haiti’s independence movement. While he based these later prints on a series of earlier paintings by the same title, Lawrence distilled the story to 15 works and significantly expanded their scale. He worked closely with DC-based master printmaker Lou Stovall to translate the colors and fluid movement of the original tempera paint to each composition. In highlighting the life of the courageous leader Toussaint L’Ouverture, Lawrence invites us to reflect on Haiti’s transformation from an enslaved French colony to the first black Western republic. At the same time, the series reminds us of the country’s ongoing struggle to overcome poverty and political instability.
through
April 2, 2017
One-on-One: Enrique Martínez Celaya / Albert Pinkham Ryder
This installation juxtaposes several paintings from the Phillips’s permanent collection by American Romantic painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917) with The First Kierkegaardby Cuban-born American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya. Trained as an artist as well as a physicist, Martínez Celaya’s work examines the complexities and mysteries of individual experience—particularly in relation to nature and time—and explores the questions of the human condition through diverse knowledge systems as well as literature, poetry, and art.
through
April 2, 2017
Jake Berthot: From the Collection and Promised Gifts
The Phillips Collection has long had a special relationship with Jake Berthot (1939–2014), whose introspective paintings have been described as visual poetry. In 1996, the museum organized an exhibition of his work, and in 2015 received a major bequest from the artist’s estate. Including promised gifts, the Phillips now holds 25 paintings, drawings, and prints by Berthot, the largest and most important “unit” of this artist’s work in a museum collection.
through
April 2017
Women of Influence: Elmira Bier, Minnie Byers, and Marjorie Phillips
Exhibited just outside the museum’s library, Women of Influence examines the critical roles played by three women in the Phillips’s history—Duncan Phillips’s executive assistant Elmira Bier, financial advisor Minnie Byers, and Phillips’s wife and museum co-founder Marjorie Phillips.
PERMANENT COLLECTION
Ongoing One of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary American and European art, the museum is home to Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s iconic Luncheon of the Boating Party, Jacob Lawrence’s epic Migration Series, and a chapel-like Rothko Room, as well as innovative new work by artists of today, including a wax room by Wolfgang Laib. Installations change frequently and are not chronological, sparking conversations across time and place.
PHILLIPS AFTER 5–April 6
Reservations strongly recommended as this popular event tends to sell out in advance: www.phillipscollection.org/events. $12; $10 for visitors 62 and over and students. Members always admitted free, no reservation needed.
5–8:30 pm Prints and Posters
Come learn about Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s process and the art of printmaking while indulging in a red wine tasting. A limited number of the winning design from the Toulouse-Lautrec poster contest will be distributed, and staff favorites will also be on view. Pyramid Atlantic will also lead a printmaking activity.
Gallery Talk

6, 6:30, 7,
& 7:30 pm
15-minute focused discussions about works in the museum’s permanent collection
EVENTS
Lecture
April 13
6:30 pm
Paper Icons: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Celebrities of Paris
One of the most daring and creative printmakers of his generation, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was fascinated by the lavish entertainments and outré performers of fin-de-siècleParis. His prints and posters immortalized the stars of the café, cabaret, and theater stage, and inspired an entirely new visual language that both thrilled and scandalized the public. Portland Art Museum Curator of Graphic Arts Mary Weaver Chapin explores Toulouse-Lautrec’s unique role in the rise of the poster and celebrity culture of Paris in the 1890s.$12; $10 for students and seniors. Free for members. Includes admission to the special exhibition. Reservations recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/events.
Conservator’s Perspective
April 13 & 28
noon
Works on Paper
Phillips Conservator Sylvia Albro discusses the conservation of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Honoré Daumier works on paper in the Phillips’s permanent collection. Included with admission to special exhibition.
Performance
April 27
6:30 pm
Art, Song, Discovery: Vocal Arts DC
Bass-baritone Zachary Burgess, winner of Vocal Arts DC’s 2016 Discovery Competition, with pianist Joy Schreier presents and narrates a program of music inspired by artworks from Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque. Listen to song selections by composers that include Carl Loewe, Johannes Brahms, Henri Duparc, and Kurt Weill and hear how their music offers uncanny visual counterparts to Toulouse-Lautrec’s work. $20; $8 for members. Reservations required: www.phillipscollection.org/events.
TOURS
April 1, 15, 22, & 29
noon
Introduction to The Phillips Collection
Highlights from one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Included in museum admission; free for members.
April 8
noon
Landscape and Nature at The Phillips Collection
In conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, take a tour of world-class works of art from The Phillips Collection’s renowned holdings of modern art. Explore landscape masterworks and nature’s significance in French and American modern art movements.Included in museum admission; free for members.
Sundays
1 pm
Introduction to Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque
Highlights from the special exhibition. Included in admission to special exhibition; free for members.​
SPOTLIGHT TALKS
Tuesdays–Fridays
noon
Spotlight Talks
Focused discussion about works of art from the permanent collection or special exhibition.Included in museum admission; free for members.
April 6, 13, 20, & 27
6 & 7 pm
Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque
Focused discussion about works of art from the special exhibition. Included in admission to special exhibition; free for members.
MUSIC
SUNDAY CONCERTS
Concerts are held in the Music Room at 4 pm. $40, $20 for members and students with ID (unless otherwise noted); includes museum admission for the day of the concert. Reservations strongly recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/music
April 2 Anthony Marwood and Aleksandar Madžar
British violinist Anthony Marwood and Serbian pianist Aleksandar Madžar make their DC debut with selections by Leoš Janáček, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, and Sergei Prokofiev.
April 9 Gould Piano Trio and Robert Plane
The British Gould Piano Trio and clarinetist Robert Plane perform selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Béla Bartók, and Johannes Brahms.
April 16 Lukas Geniušas
Lithuanian-Russian pianist Lukas Geniušas performs selections by Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Béla Bartók, and Sergei Prokofiev.
April 23 Anne Akiko Meyers
Accompanied by pianist Akira Eguchi, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers makes her Phillips debut with selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Arvo Pärt, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Maurice Ravel, and the world premiere of Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium.
April 30 Quatuor Danel
String quartet Quatuor Danel make their DC debut with selections by Felix Mendelssohn, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Dimitri Shostakovich.
GENERAL INFORMATION
Location:
1600 21st Street, NW (at Q Street)
Metro Red Line, Dupont Circle Station (Q Street exit), and via several bus lines,www.wmata.com
Information:
Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am–5 pm;
Thursday, 10 am–8:30 pm; Sunday, noon–7 pm
Café: Tryst at the Phillips: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am–4 pm; Thursday, 10 am–4 pm and 10 am–8 pm (during Phillips after 5 only); Sunday, noon–6 pm
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
On the first Thursday of every month, daytime admittance ends at 5 pm due to the regularly scheduled Phillips after 5 events. Admission after 5 pm is restricted to members and Phillips after 5 ticket holders.
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African American Art World in 20th-Century Washington Explored in Symposium at National Gallery of Art

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art has announced the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Symposium, entitled “The African American Art World in 20th-Century Washington, DC.” The two-day symposium will be held on March 16–17, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Symposium topics encompass Washington collectors such as Thurlow Evans Tibbs Jr., whose collection and archive are at the National Gallery of Art; pivotal Washington artists and art professors including Alma Thomas, Loïs Mailou Jones, and James Porter; and the history of institutions supporting and exhibiting art by African American artists in Washington, including Howard University and the Scurlock Studio. The symposium also will feature a panel of artists for whom Washington has been critical to personal artistic development.

 

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Artomatic 2017

 

Artomatic Registration Opening Soon!
It’s almost time to register for Artomatic 2017. Remember, anyone & everyone can participate – there are no criteria to register, and space is allocated on a first-come, first serve basis. All artists, performers, filmmakers, and creatives of all types may take part. More information to come about registration in the coming days. Stay tuned right here and also through our social media channels. See you all at Crystal City!
Artomatic | 1629 K St., NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

 

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The Phillips for March

EXHIBITIONS
Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under
February 4
through
April 30, 2017
Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque
Through his lithographs and posters, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captured the heart ofParisian nightlife in dynamic cabaret and café-concert scenes inspired by the city’s burgeoning entertainment district. A frequent visitor to lively hotspots, his record of local amusements fashioned a portrait of modern life. This special exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, one of the foremost collections of the artist’s prints and posters. Nearly 100 examples of incomparable quality and color celebrate daily life and the premier performers of the belle époque—Aristide Bruant, Marcelle Lender, Cha-U-Kao, and others—cleverly caricatured through Toulouse-Lautrec’s perceptive skills of observation and transformation. Drawn from the artist’s most prolific years exploring lithography (1891–1899), these iconic images and rarely exhibited unique proofs provide insight into his innovative and complex process.
Admission for all other art on view:

Weekends: $12 for adults, $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under; FREE weekdays, includes permanent collection
INTERSECTIONS
Contemporary art projects inspired by the art and spaces in The Phillips Collection
through
May 7, 2017
Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now
New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. For this installation, Shechet’s sculptures in ceramic, porcelain, and paper are exhibited with works she selected from the permanent collection.
ALSO ON VIEW
March 11
through
June 25, 2017
George Condo: The Way I Think
This exhibition is the first major survey of drawings by American artist George Condo (b. 1957), a prolific painter whose career spans three decades and best known for his rich pictorial inventions, existential humor, and imaginative portraits that incorporate a hybridization of art-historical influences. Including both drawings and “drawing paintings,” the exhibition aims to convey the artist’s process of “painting memory,” which involves relying on the mind and imagination to allow figurative compositions to become “infested” with abstractions.
through
April 23, 2017
Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture
Featuring a series of 15 rarely seen silkscreen prints created by American artist Jacob Lawrence between 1986 and 1997, this exhibition portrays the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture (1742–1803), the former slave turned leader of Haiti’s independence movement. Lawrence had explored the same subject more than 40 years earlier in a series of paintings of the same title. While he based these later prints on the earlier paintings, Lawrence distilled the story to 15 works from the original 41 panels and significantly expanded their scale. He worked closely with DC-based master printmaker Lou Stovall to translate the colors and fluid movement of the original tempera paint to each composition. In highlighting the life of the courageous leader Toussaint L’Ouverture, Lawrence invites us to reflect on Haiti’s transformation from an enslaved French colony to the first black Western republic. At the same time, the series reminds us of the country’s ongoing struggle to overcome poverty and political instability.
through
March 2017
Prism.K12 in Action: Storytelling through The Migration Series
Explore visual and performance art created by students in classrooms facilitated by educators in the Phillips’s Prism.K12 Jacob Lawrence Teacher Cohort. Throughout the fall, the cohort of best practice educators from local partner schools—Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, Turner Elementary School, Vansville Elementary School, and Washington School for Girls—used the Phillips’s Prism.K12 methodology to develop and implement lessons that integrated playwriting, storytelling, and Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series. This exhibition represents the latest in the museum’s ongoing and longstanding dedication to The Migration Series and arts integration.
through
April 2, 2017
One-on-One: Enrique Martínez Celaya / Albert Pinkham Ryder
This installation juxtaposes several paintings from the Phillips’s permanent collection by American Romantic painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917) with The First Kierkegaard by Cuban-born American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya. Trained as an artist as well as a physicist, Martínez Celaya’s work examines the complexities and mysteries of individual experience—particularly in relation to nature and time—and explores the questions of the human condition through diverse knowledge systems as well as literature, poetry, and art.
through
April 2, 2017
Jake Berthot: From the Collection and Promised Gifts
The Phillips Collection has long had a special relationship with Jake Berthot (1939–2014), whose introspective paintings have been described as visual poetry. In 1996, the museum organized an exhibition of his work, and in 2015 received a major bequest from the artist’s estate. Including promised gifts, the Phillips now holds 25 paintings, drawings, and prints by Berthot, the largest and most important “unit” of this artist’s work in a museum collection.
through
April 2017
Women of Influence: Elmira Bier, Minnie Byers, and Marjorie Phillips
Exhibited just outside the museum’s library, Women of Influence examines the critical roles played by three women in the Phillips’s history—Duncan Phillips’s executive assistant Elmira Bier, financial advisor Minnie Byers, and Phillips’s wife and museum co-founder Marjorie Phillips.
PERMANENT COLLECTION
Ongoing One of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary American and European art, the museum is home to Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s iconic Luncheon of the Boating Party, Jacob Lawrence’s epic Migration Series, and a chapel-like Rothko Room, as well as innovative new work by artists of today, including a wax room by Wolfgang Laib. Installations change frequently and are not chronological, sparking conversations across time and place.
PHILLIPS AFTER 5–March 2
Reservations strongly recommended as this popular event tends to sell out in advance: www.phillipscollection.org/events. $12; $10 for visitors 62 and over and students. Members always admitted free, no reservation needed.
5–8:30 pm A Night in Montmartre
Experience a night at the Moulin Rouge and the Chat Noir! Like Toulouse-Lautrec, find inspiration with cabaret music, libations, and sketching with a live model. Venture to the Chat Noir for black cat themed crafts and activities.
Gallery Talk

6, 6:30, 7,
& 7:30 pm
15-minute focused discussions about works in the museum’s permanent collection
EVENTS
Film Screening
March 11
2 pm
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Enjoy a story of love, creative inspiration, and all things can-can in Moulin Rouge, the 2001 film that centers on the infamous Parisian nightclub at the cusp of the 20th century. In the film, young poet (Ewan McGregor) befriends a group of bohemians led by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo) and is thrown into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, soon after beginning a passionate affair with the club’s most notorious and beautiful star (Nicole Kidman). Indulge in a cash bar, games, and sing along with Cristian and Satine.$12; $10 for students and seniors. Free for members. Includes admission to the special exhibition. Reservations recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/events
Open Conversation
March 16
6:30 pm
Cristen Conger
Cristen Conger, creator of Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast and video series and author of the forthcoming Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space, will lead a #PhillipsConversation about representations of female celebrity, power, and the public gaze in relation to images in the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition. This discussion is part of a series of open conversations about sexuality, gender, politics, and feminism. Included with admission to special exhibition
Film Screening
March 23
6 pm
Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty
The Phillips hosts the East Coast premiere of a new feature-length documentary on the American composer of Adagio for Strings. Created and produced by local filmmaker H. Paul Moon, Absolute Beauty explores Samuel Barber’s music and melancholia. Free. Reservations recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/events
Curator’s Perspective
March 30
6:30 pm
Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque
In conjunction with Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque, Phillips Associate Curator Renée Maurer discusses Toulouse-Lautrec and the exhibition. Included in admission to special exhibition; free for members
Conversations with Artists
March 31
6:30 pm
Jim Shaw
Over the past 30 years, LA-based artist Jim Shaw has become one of America’s most influential and visionary artists. His work moves between painting, sculpture, and drawing and builds connections between his own psyche and America’s larger political, social, and spiritual histories by mining the cultural refuse of the 20th century. $12; free for members and students. Reservations recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/events
TOURS
Saturdays
noon
Introduction to The Phillips Collection
Highlights from one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Included in museum admission; free for members.
Sundays
1 pm
Introduction to Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque
Highlights from the special exhibition. Included in admission to special exhibition; free for members.
SPOTLIGHT TALKS
Tuesdays–Fridays
noon
Spotlight Talks
A focused discussion about a work of art from the permanent collection or special exhibition. Included in museum admission; free for members.
March 9 & 23
6 & 7 pm
Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque
Focused discussion about works of art from the special exhibition. Included in admission to special exhibition; free for members.
March 16 & 23
6 & 7 pm
Spotlight: Permanent Collection
Focused discussion about works of art from the permanent collection. Included in museum admission; free for members.
MUSIC
SUNDAY CONCERTS
Concerts are held in the Music Room at 4 pm. $40, $20 for members and students with ID (unless otherwise noted); includes museum admission for the day of the concert. Reservations strongly recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/music
March 5 Marc Bouchkov and Katia Skanavi
French violinist Marc Bouchkov and Russian pianist Katia Skanavi perform their Phillips debut with selections by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, Eugène Ysaÿe, and Franz Schubert.
March 12 Teo Gheorghiu
Swiss Canadian pianist Teo Gheorghiu performs his Phillips debut with selections by Modest Mussogorsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Mily Balakirev.
March19 Andrei Ioniţă and Yekwon Sunwoo
Romanian cellist Andrei Ioniţă and South Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo perform selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, and Bohuslav Martinů.
March 26 Jupiter Quartet
The Jupiter Quartet performs their Phillips debut with selections by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Béla Bartók, and Robert Schumann.
LEADING INTERNATIONAL COMPOSERS
March 9
6 pm
Anders Hillborg
In partnership with The Embassy of Sweden and The Swedish Arts Council, music from Leading International Composer Anders Hillborg will be performed by Moran Katz, Axiom Brass, Calder Quartet, and Amy Yang. Tickets are $40, $20 for members and students with ID; museum admission for that day is included. Advance reservations are strongly recommended: www.phillipscollection.org/music
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Location:
1600 21st Street, NW (at Q Street)
Metro Red Line, Dupont Circle Station (Q Street exit), and via several bus lines,www.wmata.com
Information:
Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 pm;
Thursday, 10 am–8:30 pm; Sunday, noon–7 pm
Café: Tryst at the Phillips: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am–4 pm; Thursday, 10 am–4 pm and 10 am–8 pm (during Phillips after 5 only); Sunday, noon–6 pm
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
On the first Thursday of every month, daytime admittance ends at 5 pm due to the regularly scheduled Phillips after 5 events. Admission after 5 pm is restricted to members and Phillips after 5 ticket holders.
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Early Alma Thomas at Hemphill

February 4 – April 1, 2017

HEMPHILL is pleased to announce the exhibition, Early Alma Thomas opening on Saturday, February 4, with a reception from 6-8pm. The exhibition will remain on view through April 1, 2017.

As a founding member of the Barnett-Aden Gallery in 1943, Thomas interacted with artists Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Lois Mailou Jones, and others. As the post-war era accelerated, Washington painters were quick to embrace the abstract expressionist movement. Thomas’s realist works pushed toward abstraction in the 1950s as she pursued an MFA in painting at American University, where she deepened the pursuit of a bold use of color and shape which defined her late career works.

Throughout the 1950s, Thomas appropriated the tools of Abstract Expressionism and characteristically made them her own, applying pigment in blocks of color to create compositions incorporating figures and still life elements, and later, densely layered abstractions of night skies and earthly subjects. Thomas’s adept use of minimal brushstrokes to render forms is in use among all the paintings, whether figure or object, night sky, or spring flowers.

“Etude in Brown – Saint Cecilia at the Organ, c. 1956-58” (above) employs a highly graphic russet palette of reds and oranges, a diminutive figure anchoring the foreground. Dashes of white pigment represent the head and figure of Saint Cecilia, the scale and placement of the figure creating a cathedral of space filling the canvas.

The five paintings selected for this exhibition provide a timeline of Thomas’s shift from realism to abstraction in a few short years. This seldom-studied period firmly places Thomas in the center of modern American painting.

Alma W. Thomas (American, 1891 – 1978) was born in Columbus, GA and moved to Washington, DC with her family in 1907. In 1924, she became the first graduate of the Art Department at Howard University, and in 1935 received a Master of Arts in art education from Columbia University. Her work is represented in the collections of The Columbus Museum of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Art, The Howard University Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, among numerous other public, private, and university art collections.

HEMPHILL was founded in Washington DC in 1993. The exhibition schedule features modern & contemporary art in all media by artists ranging from emerging to mid-career to modern masters.

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  • Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm, and by appointment.
  • * This exhibition coincides with DOWNING, MEHRING, REED, also on view at HEMPHILL Fine Arts through April 1, 2017.
  • For More Information Contact:
    Caitlin Berry
    HEMPHILL Fine Arts
    1515 14th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    202.234.5601
    caitlin@hemphillfinearts.com
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Impressionist Frederic Bazille at the NGA

In celebration of the 175th anniversary of the artist’s birth, Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism brings together some 75 paintings that examine Bazille as a central figure of impressionism and is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bazille’s career, featuring nearly three-quarters of his artistic output. Organized thematically, this exhibition juxtaposes works by Bazille with important works by the predecessors who inspired him—Théodore Rousseau, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Gustave Courbet—and by contemporaries such as Édouard Manet and Claude Monet with whom he was closely associated. The National Gallery of Art, which holds the largest group of Bazille’s works outside of France, as well as important related impressionist paintings of the 1860s, is the sole American venue for the exhibition. The first major presentation of Bazille’s work in America in 25 years, the exhibition is on view in the East Building from April 9 through July 9, 2017.

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Seven Centuries from the Woodner Collections Celebrated at National Gallery of Art

The Woodner Collections: Master Drawings from Seven Centuries brings together for the first time the best of Ian Woodner’s collection with some of the works given and promised by his daughters, Dian and Andrea Woodner. More than 100 drawings dating from the 14th to the 20th century executed by outstanding draftsmen such as Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Edgar Degas, and Pablo Picasso will be on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art from March 12 through July 16, 2017.

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Through August 6: American Prints of Urban Life Celebrated at the National Gallery of Art

American artists of the early 20th century sought to interpret the beauty, power, and anxiety of the modern age in diverse ways. Through depictions of bustling city crowds and breathtaking metropolitan vistas, 25 black-and-white prints on view in The Urban Scene: 1920–1950 will explore the spectacle of urban modernity. Prints by recognized artists such as Louis Lozowick (1892–1973) and Reginald Marsh (1898–1954), as well as lesser-known artists including Mabel Dwight (1875–1955), Gerald Geerlings (1897–1998), Victoria Hutson Huntley (1900–1971), Martin Lewis (1881–1962), and Stow Wengenroth (1906–1978), are included in this exhibition. The Urban Scene will be on view in the West Building from through August 6, 2017.

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NGA 2017 Winter Lecture Program

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/press/2016/lectures-winter.html

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Bethesda Fine Art

Gene Davis works on view
in solo show “Hot Beat”
at Smithsonian American Art Museum
until April 2017

Popsicle, 1969
acrylic on canvas, 68″ x 67″
Renoir’s Curtain, 1977
acrylic and graphite on canvas, approx. 59″ x 95″
Black Watch Series, 1974
silkscreen, 72″ x 45″
Portfolio Series II, 1969
complete box set of 6, silkscreen on canvas on board, approx. 30″ x 24″
Davy’s Locker, 1977
screenprint, 37½” x 45″
Tarzan, 1969
silkscreen on canvas on board, 24″ x 30″
VIEW THESE AND OTHER WORKS AT
bethesdafineart.com
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OPEN BY APPOINTMENT
Bethesda Fine Art
4931 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland
lori@bethesdafineart.com
240.800.3628
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Small Art Sensations at $175 or Less

GALLERY HOURS:

Wednesday – Friday 11 – 6, Saturday – Sunday 12 – 5

 

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Washington DC 20001
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National Gallery 2017-8

The National Gallery of Art, Washington announces a diverse lineup of exhibitions for 2017 and 2018 ranging from a new body of work by Theaster Gates to the first major American exhibition of Frédéric Bazille in almost 25 years.

Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence (February 5 –June 4, 2017) will present 40 glazed terracotta works by the Florentine family and fellow renaissance sculptors in the first major exhibition in the US dedicated to Della Robbia sculptures.

For In the Tower: Theaster Gates (March 5 –September 4, 2017)—the second exhibition in the reopened East Building Tower 3 galleries—contemporary American artist Theaster Gates will present a new body of work featuring several pieces created for the Gallery.

With 175 works, East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography (March 12 –July 16, 2017) will be the first exhibition to focus exclusively on early photography of the eastern half of the United States.

The Gallery, which houses the largest collection of works by Frédéric Bazille outside of France, will present the first major American exhibition in 25 years of the relatively unknown contemporary of Monet and Renoir. Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism (April 9 –July 9, 2017) will bring light to the artist’s role in the movement.

America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting (May 21 –August 20, 2017) will bring together 70 18th-century French paintings from a range of public collections across the country in an exhibition that explores how Americans developed a taste for the French rococo and neoclassical styles.

Finally, Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940-1950 (November 11, 2018 –February 18, 2019) will focus on the most formative decade of legendary photographer Gordon Parks’ career. 120 photographs and ephemera will showcase his iconic photographs from his time at the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information.

 

 

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Hillyer Art Space Call for Proposals

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NGA: Mark Rothko: The Works on Paper, online resource

The National Gallery of Art maintains the largest public collection of art by the American artist Mark Rothko (1903–1970). Following the publication in 1998 of its landmark catalogue raisonné of Rothko’s works on canvas, the Gallery embarked on research into Rothko’s works on paper. The culmination of this effort will be an online resource compiling the drawings, watercolors, and paintings on paper. Expected to be launched to the public in phases between 2016 and 2018, the online resource will be followed in 2020 by a two-volume catalogue raisonné print publication.

Mark Rothko: The Works on Paper will document and illustrate some 2,600 works by Rothko located in public and private collections worldwide. Demonstrating the range of the artist’s creative achievements, the online and print publications will be the definitive scholarly references for Rothko’s works on paper, an oeuvre largely unknown to art specialists and the public alike. The Gallery continues to seek information about drawings, watercolors, and paintings on paper to be considered for inclusion in the catalogue raisonné.

Anyone with information regarding works on paper by Rothko should contact Laili Nasr by e-mail at l-nasr@nga.gov or by phone at (202) 842-6779.

For more information

visit: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/press/2016/rothko.html

 

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National Gallery of Art Library

Artists’ materials ranging from art instruction manuals to trade catalogs enable scholars and conservators to better understand the physical attributes of the artworks they study and preserve. In the Library: The Intersection of Commerce and Instruction in Art presents approximately 50 examples of trade literature, from handwritten and early printed manuals containing formulas for various dyes, varnishes, and inks to illustrated trade catalogs and instruction manuals on techniques. Organized by the National Gallery of Art Library, this exhibition is on view from February 22 June 3, 2016, in the East Building, Ground Floor, Study Center.

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Phillips and University of Maryland Form Partnership

THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION AND UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FORM DYNAMIC PARTNERSHIP TO TRANSFORM SCHOLARSHIP AND INNOVATION IN THE ARTS

Collaboration includes new curriculum, experimental and community-focused education programs,launch of The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection, and a new gallery and open storage facility in Prince George’s County

The Phillips Collection’s Director Dorothy Kosinski and University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced today a bold partnership between the two institutions with a shared vision to dramatically transform scholarship and innovation in the arts.

Layered with rich opportunities to collaborate, the agreement is ambitious, entrepreneurial, and risk-supportive, which are considered essential qualities in today’s competitive arts and academic environments. Together, The Phillips Collection will expand its education programs, reach new and diverse audiences, and pursue key initiatives that align with the museum’s strategic mission as an “experiment station” and institution for learning. At the same time, UMD will grow its established scholarship and academic programs within the arts, provide unparalleled research and education opportunities for UMD faculty and students, and expand its footprint in the nation’s capital.

“This is a pivotal moment in Phillips history. As we look toward the museum’s 100th anniversary in 2021, we intend to redefine its role within the cultural community locally and globally,” says Kosinski. “Together with the University of Maryland—one of the country’s leading institutions for research and innovation—we can reach new audiences, disrupt conventional thinking, and inspire new heights of achievement and impact.”

“This remarkable partnership fulfills a long-time dream for this campus,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “Not only does it provide access to this priceless collection, but it brings a new vigor to our arts education, and to the entire campus.  We are genuinely a STEAM university—Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math.”

A TRANSFORMATIVE COLLABORATION

This partnership, rooted in shared values and a commitment to arts integration and innovation, will provide rich and meaningful opportunities for education, innovation, research, entertainment, interdisciplinary collaboration, and exploration.  University faculty and programming will complement the museum’s expertise in scholarship, exhibitions, and publications, and will serve as a partner in the exploration of topics related to the museum’s collections and programs.

With long-term goals in mind and a forward-looking entrepreneurial spirit, this six-year partnership—through investment from both institutions—will position the Phillips and UMD to achieve the goals articulated in their strategic plans while providing rich and meaningful opportunities for local and global audiences.

To increase greater public viewing to more of the museum’s exceptional 4000-piece collection, the Phillips and UMD plan to develop a new gallery and open storage facility in Prince George’s County. The new public facility will serve as a cutting-edge, modern and contemporary art center, hub for experimentation and innovation, and an artistic laboratory for a global community. This project would spark county and statewide economic development and dramatically expand outreach to students, faculty, the local community and a range of national and international visitors.

UMD will also now be the primary presenter of all Intersections exhibitions at The Phillips Collection. Intersections is the Phillips’s series of contemporary art exhibitions that invites artists of today to explore the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. This partnership builds on UMD’s already sterling reputation for building the future of the arts—from world-class performances at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center to cutting-edge training in arts management at the DeVos Institute.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND CENTER FOR ART AND KNOWLEDGE AT THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection is the expansion of the Center for the Study of Modern Art—the museum’s nexus for academic work, scholarly exchange, and innovative interdisciplinary collaborations. Key collaborations under the newly named Center will include:

  • Expanding on and developing new arts curriculum and extended studies courses and seminars focused on art, art history, arts management, museum studies, cultural diplomacy, conservation and interdisciplinary studies.
  • Supporting two or more postdoctoral fellowships at the Phillips annually, with research conducted in the areas of modern art, conservation, music, and cultural diplomacy.
  • Partnering on the Phillips’s International Forum Weekend, which, since 2009, has brought together leading art collectors and committed philanthropists from around the world to engage with artists, art professionals, and diplomatic, Congressional, and Administration leaders to explore topics in modern and contemporary art in a global context.
  • Co-publishing the UMD-Phillips Book Prize, a biennial book prize for an unpublished manuscript presenting new research in modern or contemporary art from 1780 to the present.
  • Co-presenting a new music series at the Phillips, developed in partnership between the Phillips and UMD’s School of Music.
  • Enhancing programming for Creative Voices DC and other public programs, which includes expanding programming and academic offerings to UMD’s campus, including public lectures, college courses, symposia, interdisciplinary projects and artist talks.
  • Digitizing of the museum’s archives of 9,500 scholarly books, exhibition catalogues, and correspondence, to preserve the archives in perpetuity and make valuable educational resources easily accessible to scholars, researchers and students around the world.

“By providing new opportunities for sustained inquiry, this partnership will enable the Phillips to deepen its educational mission and become internationally recognized as the leading resource for the study and appreciation of modern and contemporary art, while also enhancing the University of Maryland’s reputation as a leading institution for the arts and a trailblazer for the STEM-to-STEAM movement nationally and globally,” says Board Chairman George Vradenburg. “Picasso purportedly said of computers, ‘They are useless.  They can only give you answers.’  Our increasing visual world demands that we add arts to STEM curriculum, so we can ask—and answer—the right questions. We believe this type of provocative and inclusive conversation can only arise from a collection of such specific and singular identity as the Phillips’s.”

As part of the new partnership, UMD students, faculty, staff and Alumni Association members will received free admission to the Phillips, and have access to the collection, facilities, and museum staff for research and educational purposes. The Phillips will also offer internships for UMD graduate and undergraduate students in interdisciplinary fields.

The partnership between The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland will serve as a catalyst for an even more dynamic use of the museum’s permanent collection and for the development of new educational programs across disciplines and audiences.

ABOUT THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

The Phillips Collection is one of the world’s most distinguished collections of Impressionist and Modern American and European art. Stressing the continuity between art of the past and present, it offers a strikingly original and experimental approach to modern art by combining works of different nationalities and periods in displays that change frequently. Artists represented in the collection include Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Honoré Daumier, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko, Jacob Lawrence, and Richard Diebenkorn, among others. The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, has an active collecting program and regularly organizes acclaimed special exhibitions, many of which travel internationally. The Phillips also produces award-winning education programs for K–12 teachers and students, as well as for adults. The museum’s Center for the Study of Modern Art explores new ways of thinking about art and the nature of creativity, through artist visits and lectures, and provides a forum for scholars through courses, post-doctoral fellowships, and internships. Since 1941, the museum has hosted Sunday Concerts in its wood-paneled Music Room. The Phillips Collection is a private, non-government museum, supported primarily by donations.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The University of Maryland is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.8 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign. For more information about the University of Maryland, visitwww.umd.edu.

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