Videography and Digital Engagement Intern Carm Saimbre in front of The Phillips Collection
My name is Carm Saimbre and I am one of two Videography and Digital Engagement Interns at The Phillips Collection. As an inaugural intern for this newly created position, I get to trail-blaze my own path (with guidelines and suggestions from my supervisor, of course). Last fall, the University of Maryland and The Phillips Collection formed a partnership, resulting in the expansion of the museum’s Center for the Study of Modern Art. Every Monday and Wednesday, I report to The University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection to brainstorm and create new content that captures the essence of the museum. In short, I am tasked with developing a new perspective for a national treasure.
As a journalism major with an interest in broadcasting, interning at an art museum seems a little out of the ordinary. Journalism? Art? How so? But instead of asking how so, I ask, why not? Combining my journalism skills and newfound art knowledge will be a challenge, but I look forward to finding contemporary ways to digitally engage our audience. Be on the lookout for more posts from me as I dive into specific projects this summer.
Carm Saimbre, Videography and Digital Engagement Intern
Marjorie Phillips, Night Baseball, 1951. Oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 36 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Gift of the artist, 1951 or 1952
My favorite work from The Phillips Collection’s permanent collection is Marjorie Phillips’s 1951 oil painting, Night Baseball. There is something nostalgic about the way Phillips represents a night at Griffith Stadium. This visual representation of the moment just before the pitch is thrown evokes all of the other senses. When I look at this painting, I hear the buzz of the crowd and I feel the wind push my skin as the breeze ushers in the smells of the ballpark. Phillips masterfully depicts a night sky that is black but somehow simultaneously glowing from the stadium lights—an effect that is familiar to anyone who has been to a nighttime sports game.
Night Baseball is an enduring snapshot of American life. Perhaps my favorite thing about this piece is its current placement within the museum: on a wall adjacent to the landing of a staircase; the location seems almost incidental. I think its placement adds to its charm—Night Baseball endears itself to the viewer by immersing her in a sensory-rich, familiar American scene.
Lizzie Moore, Marketing & Communications Intern
A visitor interacts with artist Dan Steinhilber’s Interface artworks. Photo: Instagram/heidinotklum
Last week’s All That Jazz Phillips after 5 was action-packed! Here are some of our favorite visitor photos from the activities all over the museum, including craft cocktails, tours, jazz from The Pete Muldoon Sextet, and a one-night-only interactive exhibition by DC-based artist Dan Steinhilber.
Visitors interact with Dan Steinhilber’s Interface artworks. (Left) Photo: Instagram/etxeco (right) Photo: Instagram/conniepaik
A beautiful evening to enjoy the Phillips’s courtyard. (Left) Photo: Instagram/rebleber (right) Photo: Instagram/ksnahyun
Instagrammer @nataliemueller3 on Dan Steinhilber’s participatory work at Phillips after 5: “A fun, interactive take on the disconnect from the talking heads of DC and the digital world and the moving body”
(Left) @cocktailsandcraft shares the view from The Jazzy Mule: scotch, elderflower liqueur, bitters, ginger beer, lime (right) Instagrammer @dnl340 captures The Pete Muldoon Sextet in action
The view from inside Dan Steinhilber’s interactive artworks. (Left) Photo: Instagram/hprlhoda (right) Photo: Instagram/christine60605