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?
I recently went to Paris to participate in a discussion about our 2015 exhibition, Man Ray—Human Equations. The 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!
Everyone once in a while I see a photograph from one of our programs that stops me in my tracks. James R. Brantley recently took the image above during one of our Creative Aging programs with Iona. This program offers older adults (many of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s or related dementia), along with their families and caregivers, the opportunity to connect with each other through guided conversations about art at the Phillips. These individuals then continue processing their responses in the art therapy studio at Iona.
This photograph is a powerful reminder to me. It serves as a testament of how powerful art can be in creating shared and loving experiences.