10 Years of Phillips after 5

Phillips after 5 just celebrated 10 years of after hours “artful evenings! Keith Costas, The Phillips Collection’s Director of Special Events, shared some of his favorite moments with us.

Did you know:

  • That when we first started Phillips after 5 we did it every Thursday in August. 3 in a row!
  • It was called Artful Evenings.
  • We’ve had 130 P@5’s 93,333 total attendance
  • Requires a dozen volunteers staff each event
  • Before we went to a ticketed reservation system there was a line all the way to Q St and in front of the Embassy of India
  • There have been countless marriage proposals

Programming Highlights

  • “Vampires vs Zombies” Washington Ballet at THE ARC- Excerpts from Michael Pinks “ Dracula”- Young dancers performing Michael Jackson’s Thriller!
  • “Seeing Red” Red Heads Get in Free during Van Gogh
  • Silent Disco
  • Punk Band ‘Loud Boyz’ in the Auditorium
  • Speed Friending
  • Sailing Regatta
  • Food Truck Fiesta

Most moving  and meaningful

  • April 4, 2011:  Support Japan, Give with the Phillips, after the Tsunami in Japan we partnered with the Red Cross to raise money for the victims, setup a quiet gallery with some of our Japanese works of art for remembrance and reflection.

Check out a few of our favorite shots over the years

Films at The Phillips: Hold Me Down

Filmed in the locations where the events depicted actually occurred; in the Mott Haven Housing Projects and in an actual brothel, and features a cast of non-actors / women survivors of sexual exploitation and domestic violence, Hold Me Down depicts a day in the life of a 19-year-old single mother in the Bronx who works as a stripper at an illegal nightclub to support her child.

Written and directed by Swedish director Niclas Gillis, Hold Me Down was made with support from The Swedish Film Institute, Sveriges Television, and IFP. Following its world premiere at the Gothenburg International Film Festival, Hold Me Down has been celebrated for its authoritative realism and the outstanding performances of the cast.

The Phillips Collection will be hosting a screening of Hold Me Down on Thursday, October 18, at 6 pm. Following the film, the director Niclas Gillis will be in conversation with Klaus Ottmann, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs at The Phillips Collection. Tickets available.

Nordic Impressions Opens to the Public this Saturday at The Phillips

Nordic Impressions is a major survey of Nordic art spanning nearly 200 years and presenting 53 artists. The exhibition celebrates the incredible artistic diversity of Nordic art, from idealized paintings of the distinctive Nordic light and untouched landscape to melancholic portraits in quiet interiors and mesmerizing video works that explore the human condition.

While the question of what constitutes a distinctively Nordic art has been a constant debate, the art in the exhibition retains a certain mystique and focus on themes that have held a special place in Nordic culture for centuries: light and darkness, inner life and exterior space, the coalescence of nature and folklore, and women’s rights and social liberalism.

(Finland) Akseli Gallen-Kallela, The Defense of The Sampo, 1896, Tempera on canvas, 48 x 49 3/16 in., Turku Art Museum

(Finland) Akseli Gallen-Kallela, The Defense of The Sampo, 1896, Tempera on canvas, 48 x 49 3/16 in., Turku Art Museum

The exhibition pays tribute to the artistic excellence of Nordic painters from the Golden Age and Romantic era, follows the artists who balanced nationalism and French influence, explores the influx of experimental and conceptual art, and considers the international platform of artists of today. Nordic Impressions demonstrates how Nordic artists have inspired each other across national boundaries while honoring deeply rooted cultural traditions.

Nordic Impressions opens on October 13 and runs through January 13.