Party Boat vs. Boating Party

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(left) Luncheon of the Party Boat by George Bungarda (right) Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party, between 1880 and 1881. Oil on canvas, 51 1/4 x 69 1/8 in.The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1923

On a recent road trip, Phillips Director of Budgeting and Reporting Cherie Nichols did a double-take when she saw this Renoir lookalike in the barbecue joint she stopped at for a meal break. Frankenstein, Dorothy, and Elvis make appearances in George Bugarda’s Luncheon of the Party Boat; who would be in your Renoir parody?

Goodbye is Not Forever

Eliza Rathbone goodbye collage

Photos: Shelly Wischhusen

Phillips staff gathered last week for a heartfelt adieu to Chief Curator Eliza Rathbone, who has been organizing thoughtful exhibitions at the Phillips for nearly 30 years and recently announced her retirement. Hugs, handmade cards, and some misty eyes were present as the sun went down on her final day in the institution where she has made a lasting impact. We’re sad to see her go, but goodbye is not forever; she’ll continue on as Chief Curator Emerita and be back in 2017 with a special exhibition around Renoir’s The Luncheon of the Boating Party!