Staff Show 2017: Ann Lipscombe

In this series, Manager of Visitor and Family Engagement Emily Bray highlights participants in the 2017 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show, on view through September 17, 2017.

Ann Lipscombe, Pure Looking At (2017)

Ann Lipscombe

Ann Lipscombe

What do you do at The Phillips Collection? Are there any unique or interesting parts about your job that most people might not know about?

I’m the Digital Associate! I do a lot of videography and graphic design, but my job mostly consists of producing motion graphics for our social media.

Who is your favorite artist in the collection?

Piet Mondrian, Phillip Guston and Alex Katz.

What is your favorite space within The Phillips Collection?

My favorite spot in the Phillips is the main stairway in the museum. I think the curators are always really clever with what they do in such a tiny and often overlooked space. Sometimes they have our small works by Calder there, which is my favorite spot for them.

What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2017 Staff Show (or your work in general)?

My work is exploring the relationship between Western and alternative medicine. The drawing itself conflates medical and natural imagery to form an almost ouroboros shape. I’m encouraging the piece to be interpreted through the Hegelian Method, which is referenced in the title of the work.

The 2017 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show is on view August 3 through September 17, 2017.

Poetry Challenge: Dissecting Dithyrambics

In addition to being an artist, Markus Lüpertz was a poet. Throughout the exhibition, share your Lüpertz-inspired poems with us to win prizes. Every other week, we’ll issue a new poetry challenge based on images or themes in the exhibition for fresh inspiration and chances to win.

Baumstamm Abwaerts Dithyrambisch (Tree Trunk Down—Dithyrambic), 1966. Distemper on canvas, 98 1/2 x 71 in. Hall Collection, Courtesy Hall Art Foundation

THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE:
Create a haiku inspired by the colors and shapes in Markus Lüpertz’s Baumstamm Abwaerts Dithyrambisch (Tree Trunk Down—Dithyrambic). A traditional haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count.

THIS WEEK’S PRIZE: Four anytime tickets to The Phillips Collection

TO ENTER: Leave your poem in the comments here, or share on social media with #LupertzPoem. We’ll select winners on Friday, August 18.

**UPDATE: The winning poem was submitted by Katherine Rutsala:

So quartered and drawn
the green golden tree trunk flies.
The forgiving sky.

Art + Fashion: Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, 1940. Oil on canvas, 15 3/4 x 11″ (40 x 27.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. © 2017 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Inspired by Markus Lüpertz’s dapper style when he was in town for the opening of his exhibition at The Phillips Collection, some of our staff decided to take a look at other artists known for their unique fashion sense. Today, we focus on Frida Kahlo.

I would be remiss in not mentioning Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in a discussion of artists whose style influenced their practice. The nonconformist female artist, known widely for her vivid self-portraits, explored questions of identity, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Kahlo often featured herself in colorful Mexican clothing, referencing her traditional indigenous culture and appreciation of her ancestry. The feminist icon’s style often reflected powerful and deeply personal moments in her life, whether it was admiration for her culture, the political climate in Mexico, her ailing body, or love and heartbreak.

One of her works that is especially relevant to this topicis Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair (aka Short Hair, Don’t Care! as I like to refer to it), which depicts Kahlo wearing an oversized men’s suit, instead of one of the traditional Mexican dresses that she is often shown wearing. Kahlo created this work while separated from her partner Diego Rivera.

Frida Kahlo’s celebration of the female form, down to her un-manicured eyebrows, continues to inspire artists today.

Maria Vizcaino, Associate Director of Gala and Special Events