Spotlight on Intersections@5: Lee Boroson

The Phillips celebrates the fifth anniversary of its Intersections contemporary art series with Intersections@5, an exhibition comprising work by 20 of the participating artists. In this blog series, each artist writes about his or her work on view.

Boroson_Fixed Haze

Lee Boroson, Fixed Haze, 2014. 32” diameter, acrylic, acetate, polypropylene, aluminum, stainless steel.

Fixed Haze is a sculpture inspired by the formlessness of fog or mist. In studying this material and perceptual phenomenon I looked for a way of building a modular sculpture that could be both solid and ethereal simultaneously. As one moves around the work, the clear plastic materials manipulate light in a way that allows the sculpture to react to changing conditions and viewpoints.

Lee Boroson

American Moments Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Bella Kirchner, winner of the American Moments photo contest! Bella’s picture and caption capture an American moment in the 21st century beautifully. Stop by the August Phillips after 5 to mail a postcard featuring Summer Vacation. Ingram, TX. Thanks for your thoughtful submission, Bella! Check back soon for an announcement of the five photo contest honorable mentions.

WINNER_Bella Kirchner_Summer Vacation Ingram, TX

Photo: Bella Kirchner

Summer Vacation. Ingram, TX. by Bella Kirchner
This was a candid shot of my niece and son playing with stickers at some cabins we were staying at in Ingram, Texas this summer. To me, this photo epitomizes the American Moment of a summer vacation: wet hair from swimming, a bathing suit as the day’s outfit, towels drying in the background, being silly with your cousin.


Title This! Where Are We?

Harry Callahan, Untitled, between 1972 and 1975. Gelatin silver print 8 x 10 in.; 20.32 x 25.4 cm. Gift of Fern M. Schad, 2005.

Harry Callahan, Untitled, between 1972 and 1975. Gelatin silver print 8 x 10 in. The Phillips Collection, Washingotn, DC. Gift of Fern M. Schad, 2005.

Our Title This! in-gallery interactive in the American Moments exhibition, which asks visitors to title an untitled photograph by Harry Callahan, has received hundreds of responses. Several visitors recall specific locations throughout the American landscape:

Reading, PA (Becky Weidner)

Dunes, Santa Monica (Bill)

Sand Dunes, Plum Island (Drew from Washington, DC)

The Cape, MA (Gertrude Friedman from Arlington, VA)

Looks like Michigan (Kelsey from Ann Arbor, MI)


Does the photograph remind you of someplace you’ve been? Let us know via social media with #AmericanMoments.