Art and Wellness: Creative Aging

This video features the ongoing collaboration between The Phillips Collection and Iona Senior Services. The program encourages older adults (many of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s or related dementia), along with their families and caregivers, to make connections and access personal experiences and long-term memories through gallery conversations and hands-on art therapy.

In November, the Phillips opened  Art and Wellness: Creative Aging for Arts & Health Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. The exhibition features over 80 artworks created as a part of the program.

Our colleagues at Iona created this video to celebrate the opening reception for the exhibition, which brought over 100 participants to the museum, including many artists and their families. One family expressed, “Thank you for an amazing exhibit. We appreciate your grace and kindness. You inspire us.” Another attendee said, “Great show! Looks like the Iona participants were having fun, as well as having memories and thinking about elements of some works of art.”

If you’re interested in more information about the artworks in the video or the Art and Wellness program, please contact education@phillipscollection.org.

Only in Paris—Veilhan at Beaugrenelle

I’m jealous. One of my family members sent me a photograph of a newly opened local shopping mall and I was amazed to see installed in the central atrium a mobile by Xavier Veilhan. You may remember Veilhan’s The Bear and his exhibition at the Phillips last fall. In fact, I had originally experienced the same sculpture when it was on view at the Grand Palais’s exhibition, Dynamo. Tell me, is it only in Paris that you can go from updating your wardrobe to seeing amazing art in the same place?

Xavier Veilhan's mobile installed at Beaugrenelle, Paris. Photo: Emmanuele Bondeville Barbin.

Xavier Veilhan’s mobile installed at Beaugrenelle, Paris. Photo: Emmanuele Barbin-Bondeville.

Man Ray’s Art Math

I recently went to Paris to participate in a discussion about our 2015 exhibition, Man Ray—Human EquationsThe exhibition will bring together Man Ray’s Shakespearean Equations, a series of paintings that was inspired by his photographs of mathematical models. Included in the exhibition will be the original mathematical models, Man Ray’s inventive photographs of the objects, and his Shakespearean Equations.

A grant from the Terra Foundation allowed scholars, curators, educators, and exhibit designers to come from Israel, France, England, and the US to refine ideas for the exhibition and its interpretation. Below are some of my favorite photos from the trip. Stay tuned for more details about the exhibition as the show approaches!

For the first day, we met at the Terra Foundation's Paris office. Below is photo of an initial exhibition design by our colleagues in Israel. Photos: Brooke Rosenblatt

For the first day, we met at the Terra Foundation’s Paris office. Check out an initial exhibition design by our colleagues in Israel. Photos: Brooke Rosenblatt

For the second day of meetings we went to the Institut Henri Poincare to see the mathematical objects that appear in Man Ray's photographs. Some of the objects were on view in the library and others were in storage.

For the second day of meetings we went to the Institut Henri Poincare to see the mathematical objects that appear in Man Ray’s photographs. Some of the objects were on view in the library and others were in storage. Photos: Brooke Rosenblatt

Here is a look at some of my favorite objects that will be on view in the exhibition.

Here is a look at some of my favorite objects that will be on view in the exhibition.