Education’s Natalie Mann and Meagan Estep share ideas at the Phillips entrance with Development’s Jane Kestner. Photo: Dorothy Kosinski
It may be summer but lots of good work is happening at the Phillips. Last week I took a break from my desk to discover colleagues from the Development and Education departments involved in major projects as well. The poster behind them is a good reminder to see our Ellsworth Kelly exhibition… not to mention Braque and Baltimore based artist Bernhard Hildebrandt!
April is poetry month. I love Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to Saint Cecilia written to a marvelous text by W.H. Auden, one of my favorite poets. (I recently enjoyed a performance by the King’s College Choir.) The refrain to the patron saint of musicians reads thus:
Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions/ To all musicians, appear and inspire/ Translated Daughter, come down and startle/ Composing mortals with immortal fire.
It seems to me this text applies to all the arts. The word ‘startle’ is perfect. Art knocks us out of the everyday, jolts us into a realm of possibility. Isn’t that why we love a visit to a museum like the Phillips?
. . . included a visit to Matthew Marks Gallery. There was a wonderful show of Robert Gober’s work. I was intrigued by the Ellsworth Kelly adorning the gallery’s facade . . . such authority and clarity amidst the white noise of daily street traffic. I look forward to our Kelly show on June!
Dorothy Kosinski, Director
Matthew Marks gallery in West Hollywood with an Ellsworth Kelly facade. Photo: Dorothy Kosinski