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?
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!
One of our favorite ways to shake off the Monday blues is to take a break—for art! Every first Monday of the month at 1 pm EST we facilitate a Twitter chat, called #BreakforArt, to discuss one work from the Phillips’s permanent collection. Below is some of the great discussion from our last session, which focused on Stuart Davis’s Blue Café.