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Tonight, June 23, 6:00PM: As part of our centennial celebration, join The Phillips Collection for the launch of a series...
06/23/2021

Tonight, June 23, 6:00PM: As part of our centennial celebration, join The Phillips Collection for the launch of a series of programs that explore what drives collectors and how they build their collections.

The first in this series is a tribute to Rosalind Gersten Jacobs (1925-2019), a collector and friend of Dada and Surrealist artist Man Ray, featuring a premier film showing and a conversation with Curatorial Associate Wendy Grossman about stewarding the collection with daughter Peggy Jacobs Bader and Collections Manager Maura Kehoe Collins.

Register via: https://bit.ly/2SDplFn


📸Peggy Jacobs Bader and Rosalind Gersten Jacobs at The Phillips Collection for opening reception for Man Ray-Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare, 2015. Photo: Pepe Gomez. Background left: Man Ray, Julius Caesar, 1948, Promised Gift from The Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs Collection, 2020, Background right: Man Ray, Mathematical model, 1934-35, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

#Phillips100

Tonight, June 23, 6:00PM: As part of our centennial celebration, join The Phillips Collection for the launch of a series of programs that explore what drives collectors and how they build their collections.

The first in this series is a tribute to Rosalind Gersten Jacobs (1925-2019), a collector and friend of Dada and Surrealist artist Man Ray, featuring a premier film showing and a conversation with Curatorial Associate Wendy Grossman about stewarding the collection with daughter Peggy Jacobs Bader and Collections Manager Maura Kehoe Collins.

Register via: https://bit.ly/2SDplFn


📸Peggy Jacobs Bader and Rosalind Gersten Jacobs at The Phillips Collection for opening reception for Man Ray-Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare, 2015. Photo: Pepe Gomez. Background left: Man Ray, Julius Caesar, 1948, Promised Gift from The Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs Collection, 2020, Background right: Man Ray, Mathematical model, 1934-35, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

#Phillips100

"Inevitably, because I am a Black q***r person, there is a thread [of my identity] that feeds into the work naturally. I...
06/22/2021

"Inevitably, because I am a Black q***r person, there is a thread [of my identity] that feeds into the work naturally. It’s not something I feel like I have to think about or be a central part of my work because I am. All of me is given into that work." -- Mickalene Thomas in Them Magazine.

Mickalene Thomas re-issues familiar images from canonical (read: white, male) art history to center black female sexuality and identity. Her images are resplendent in color, rhinestones, and patterns, and borrow familiar frames or contexts from art history and popular culture.

A print of this work by Mickalene Thomas’s was included in our exhibition Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition, recasting Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass; in Thomas’s version, three stylish Black women gaze right back at the viewer, demonstrating their agency and power. Thomas’s works exalt in beauty, defiantly rejecting the male gaze and giving power back to Black women.

🏳️‍🌈#HappyPride! The Phillips Collection is proud to partner with Instagram blog @samesexinthecity, which explores q***r art and art history to celebrate, honor, and examine Q***r art during #Pride and beyond it. #PhillipsPride posts, curated by @samesexinthecity, will discuss what is at stake by q***ring art history, by exploring a history of LGBTQ identity through art history, and by pairing artists with this facet of their identity.

🎨Mickalene Thomas, Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires, 2010, Lehmann Maupin, New York And Hong Kong, ARS New York

"Inevitably, because I am a Black q***r person, there is a thread [of my identity] that feeds into the work naturally. It’s not something I feel like I have to think about or be a central part of my work because I am. All of me is given into that work." -- Mickalene Thomas in Them Magazine.

Mickalene Thomas re-issues familiar images from canonical (read: white, male) art history to center black female sexuality and identity. Her images are resplendent in color, rhinestones, and patterns, and borrow familiar frames or contexts from art history and popular culture.

A print of this work by Mickalene Thomas’s was included in our exhibition Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition, recasting Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass; in Thomas’s version, three stylish Black women gaze right back at the viewer, demonstrating their agency and power. Thomas’s works exalt in beauty, defiantly rejecting the male gaze and giving power back to Black women.

🏳️‍🌈#HappyPride! The Phillips Collection is proud to partner with Instagram blog @samesexinthecity, which explores q***r art and art history to celebrate, honor, and examine Q***r art during #Pride and beyond it. #PhillipsPride posts, curated by @samesexinthecity, will discuss what is at stake by q***ring art history, by exploring a history of LGBTQ identity through art history, and by pairing artists with this facet of their identity.

🎨Mickalene Thomas, Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires, 2010, Lehmann Maupin, New York And Hong Kong, ARS New York

In looking at Rothko’s paintings, Duncan Phillips wrote, “What we recall are not memories but old emotions disturbed or ...
06/21/2021

In looking at Rothko’s paintings, Duncan Phillips wrote, “What we recall are not memories but old emotions disturbed or resolved—some sense of well being suddenly shadowed by a cloud—yellow ochres strangely suffused with a drift of gray prevailing over an ambience of rose or the fire diminishing into a glow of embers, or the light when the night descends.”

Visit the Rothko Room, always on view, and the only existing installation of Rothko’s paintings that was designed in collaboration with the artist himself.

📸Carl Maynard
🎨Mark Rothko, Green and Tangerine on Red, 1956, Oil on canvas 93 5/8 x 69 1/4 in.; 237.8075 x 175.895 cm. Acquired 1960; © 1998 Kate Rothko Prize & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

In looking at Rothko’s paintings, Duncan Phillips wrote, “What we recall are not memories but old emotions disturbed or resolved—some sense of well being suddenly shadowed by a cloud—yellow ochres strangely suffused with a drift of gray prevailing over an ambience of rose or the fire diminishing into a glow of embers, or the light when the night descends.”

Visit the Rothko Room, always on view, and the only existing installation of Rothko’s paintings that was designed in collaboration with the artist himself.

📸Carl Maynard
🎨Mark Rothko, Green and Tangerine on Red, 1956, Oil on canvas 93 5/8 x 69 1/4 in.; 237.8075 x 175.895 cm. Acquired 1960; © 1998 Kate Rothko Prize & Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

I felt so at home wandering the galleries of the Phillips after my first visit that I became a Member without a second t...
06/20/2021

I felt so at home wandering the galleries of the Phillips after my first visit that I became a Member without a second thought. After taking my goddaughter, Shamekia, to visit many times over the years, I decided it was time to add her to my membership, too.

At the opening for "Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks" a few years ago, my Goddaughter and I got separated. I found Shamekia lost in thought in front of the same painting for several minutes, so I snapped a photograph. Slightly startled when I tapped her shoulder, Shamekia related that the painting spoke to her, saying “I now know why you come here.”

22 years ago, I adopted Shamekia, and we both still feel at home wandering the galleries of the Phillips together.

#HappyFathersDay
#phillips100

🎨 Claude Monet, Palazzo da Mula, Venice, 1908, oil on canvas, 61.4 x 80.5 cm, Chester Dale Collection, National Gallery of Art

June 19 // 12:00PM: In partnership with the Wilmington Memorial Library (@wilmlibrary), Erica Harper, Head of the K-12 I...
06/18/2021

June 19 // 12:00PM: In partnership with the Wilmington Memorial Library (@wilmlibrary), Erica Harper, Head of the K-12 Initiatives, will give a tour of the 30 panels on #Juneteenth and help us learn more about one of the most important painters in this country’s history.

Register: https://www.phillipscollection.org/event/2021-06-19-migration-series-talk

🎨Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series, Panel no. 13: The crops were left to dry and rot. There was no one to tend them., between 1940 and 1941, Casein tempera on hardboard 12 x 18 in.; 30.48 x 45.72 cm Acquired 1942; © 2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

June 19 // 12:00PM: In partnership with the Wilmington Memorial Library (@wilmlibrary), Erica Harper, Head of the K-12 Initiatives, will give a tour of the 30 panels on #Juneteenth and help us learn more about one of the most important painters in this country’s history.

Register: https://www.phillipscollection.org/event/2021-06-19-migration-series-talk

🎨Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series, Panel no. 13: The crops were left to dry and rot. There was no one to tend them., between 1940 and 1941, Casein tempera on hardboard 12 x 18 in.; 30.48 x 45.72 cm Acquired 1942; © 2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

06/17/2021

June 23, 6:00PM, join us for our latest series, Conversations with Collectors, with a tribute to "The Accidental Collector" Rosalind Gersten Jacobs (1925-2019), who stewarded a unique collection of surrealist art.

Roz Jacobs was a force of nature. She met many of the Surrealist artists whose work she ultimately collected when she was a young fashion buyer for Macy’s Little Shop in the 1950s. Along with her husband, Melvin Jacobs, she went on to amass a unique collection of artworks by leading figures in the Surrealist movement, including works by René Magritte, Marcel Duchamp, Dorothea Tanning, Max Ernst, and Salvador Dalí. Many of the artists in their collection became close family friends over the decades.

"The Accidental Collector Rosalind Gersten Jacobs: Legacy of a Life Among Surrealist Friends and their Art", is a documentary of this special collection and Roz’s life to be premiered during the event.

Register: https://www.phillipscollection.org/event/2021-06-23-conversation-collectors

#Phillips100

Belgium-based Congolese artist Aimé Mpane creates sculptures, mosaic-like wall hangings, and portraits carved on wood th...
06/16/2021

Belgium-based Congolese artist Aimé Mpane creates sculptures, mosaic-like wall hangings, and portraits carved on wood that explore the fundamental connection between place and personal identity.

In his June 29 Phillips talk, Mpane will speak about his artistic practice, including the two works, Mapasa and Maman Calcule, featured in Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century. Moderated by The Phillips Collection’s senior curator Elsa Smithgall.

June 29, 6:00PM: Register: https://www.phillipscollection.org/event/2021-06-29-aime-mpane

***Please note the artist will deliver his talk in French, with concurrent English translation provided.

About the artist: Aimé Mpane (b. 1968, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; lives in Brussels, Belgium) received his BFA in Congo, then went on to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels in Brussels, Belgium. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium (forthcoming, 2021); Museum of Katanga, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (2011); and Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX (2007). He has been included in significant group exhibitions including Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today at Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY (2019) and Black Models: From Gericault to Matisse at the Musée de Orsay, Paris, France (2019); and Double Take: African Innovations, Brooklyn Museum, NY (2016).

🎨Aimé Mpane, Mapasa, 2012, Acrylic and mixed media on two wooden panels, each panel: 12 1/2 in x 12 in., The Phillips Collection, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Award, 2012

Belgium-based Congolese artist Aimé Mpane creates sculptures, mosaic-like wall hangings, and portraits carved on wood that explore the fundamental connection between place and personal identity.

In his June 29 Phillips talk, Mpane will speak about his artistic practice, including the two works, Mapasa and Maman Calcule, featured in Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century. Moderated by The Phillips Collection’s senior curator Elsa Smithgall.

June 29, 6:00PM: Register: https://www.phillipscollection.org/event/2021-06-29-aime-mpane

***Please note the artist will deliver his talk in French, with concurrent English translation provided.

About the artist: Aimé Mpane (b. 1968, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; lives in Brussels, Belgium) received his BFA in Congo, then went on to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels in Brussels, Belgium. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium (forthcoming, 2021); Museum of Katanga, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (2011); and Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX (2007). He has been included in significant group exhibitions including Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today at Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY (2019) and Black Models: From Gericault to Matisse at the Musée de Orsay, Paris, France (2019); and Double Take: African Innovations, Brooklyn Museum, NY (2016).

🎨Aimé Mpane, Mapasa, 2012, Acrylic and mixed media on two wooden panels, each panel: 12 1/2 in x 12 in., The Phillips Collection, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Award, 2012

Charles Henry Buckius Demuth (November 8, 1883 – October 23, 1935) was an American painter who specialized in watercolor...
06/15/2021

Charles Henry Buckius Demuth (November 8, 1883 – October 23, 1935) was an American painter who specialized in watercolors, working in a style now known as Precisionism.

He graduated from Franklin and Marshall Academy and studied at Drexel Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Charles Demuth’s art is characterized by its sharp lines, crisp colors and geometric shapes. He gained acclaim in his lifetime for his still lifes which focused on the bold colors and stark shapes of industrial landscapes, human figures, flowers and vegetables, emphasizing the curves and lines of these forms. He is credited with being an artist who gave modernism an American form and face, and his influence can be felt in the works of his contemporaries and artists who followed him, such as Stuart Davis. His American modernism is today considered a forerunner to the later art movements of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism.

He is also credited today with depicting gay life in the early 1900’s. Even in his lifetime, his artwork contained symbolic references to gay sexuality, and his watercolors and sketches reveal a lively gay scene in the early early 20th century. Many of these scenes featured the tearooms and bathhouses that he frequented, showing sailors and other men in erotic embraces.

🏳️‍🌈#HappyPride! The Phillips Collection is proud to partner with Instagram account @samesexinthecity to celebrate, honor, and examine Q***r art during #Pride and beyond it. #PhillipsPride posts, curated by @samesexinthecity, will discuss what is at stake by q***ring art history, by exploring a history of LGBTQ identity through art history, and by pairing artists with this facet of their identity.

🎨Charles Demuth, Eggplant, ca. 1922-ca. 1923, Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper 12 1/8 x 18 1/8 in.; (sight) Acquired 1924

Charles Henry Buckius Demuth (November 8, 1883 – October 23, 1935) was an American painter who specialized in watercolors, working in a style now known as Precisionism.

He graduated from Franklin and Marshall Academy and studied at Drexel Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Charles Demuth’s art is characterized by its sharp lines, crisp colors and geometric shapes. He gained acclaim in his lifetime for his still lifes which focused on the bold colors and stark shapes of industrial landscapes, human figures, flowers and vegetables, emphasizing the curves and lines of these forms. He is credited with being an artist who gave modernism an American form and face, and his influence can be felt in the works of his contemporaries and artists who followed him, such as Stuart Davis. His American modernism is today considered a forerunner to the later art movements of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism.

He is also credited today with depicting gay life in the early 1900’s. Even in his lifetime, his artwork contained symbolic references to gay sexuality, and his watercolors and sketches reveal a lively gay scene in the early early 20th century. Many of these scenes featured the tearooms and bathhouses that he frequented, showing sailors and other men in erotic embraces.

🏳️‍🌈#HappyPride! The Phillips Collection is proud to partner with Instagram account @samesexinthecity to celebrate, honor, and examine Q***r art during #Pride and beyond it. #PhillipsPride posts, curated by @samesexinthecity, will discuss what is at stake by q***ring art history, by exploring a history of LGBTQ identity through art history, and by pairing artists with this facet of their identity.

🎨Charles Demuth, Eggplant, ca. 1922-ca. 1923, Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper 12 1/8 x 18 1/8 in.; (sight) Acquired 1924

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