Works from Bosnia and Herzegovina on the Phillips’s Walls

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Installation view of BiH Voices: In Conversation with The Migration Series. All photos: Laura Hoffman

In October 2015, Phillips educators spent two weeks in Bosnia and Herzegovina facilitating workshops with emerging artists, students, and educators using Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series as a catalyst for conversation about the power of collaboration and storytelling through art (see pictures from their visit in earlier blog posts). Last week, we hosted a reception for the artworks resulting from these workshops, which will be on view through March 13.

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Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski introduces the exhibition

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Installation view of BiH Voices: In Conversation with The Migration Series

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Hoyt Yee, US Department of State

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Installation view of BiH Voices: In Conversation with The Migration Series

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Minister Counselor (DCM) Adnan Hadrović, Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Washington, DC

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(Left to right) Minister Counselor (DCM) Adnan Hadrović, Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Washington, DC; Director Dorothy Kosinski, The Phillips Collection; Deputy Assistant Secretary Hoyt Yee, US Department of State

Dispatches: Courier’s Perks from Paris

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Courier trips come in a package of “pain & pleasure.” The former includes long hours of waiting in cold cargo areas with no coffee machines, at times delayed flights, riding in trucks, waiting for customs clearance, and frequent jet lag…but at the end of the tunnel, there are the pleasures of seeing new places and a lot of art! On a recent courier trip, we had the chance to visit the new Parisian museum Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by architect Frank Gehry and opened to the public in October 2014 on the outskirts of Paris’s Bois De Boulogne. It is an amazing sailboat-like edifice made of glass and concrete that makes you feel small yet comfortable, showcasing contemporary art. In addition to the current exhibition of art from China, there are a few art commissions, including Ellsworth Kelly’s paintings for the auditorium, as well as Olafur Eliasson’s mesmerizing installation with sound. These courier’s perks make you alive and ready to jump on a plane again!

Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art 

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Olafur Eliasson’s “Inside the horizon” (2014) installation

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Works by Ellsworth Kelly commissioned for the auditorium

#Phillips95 Soutine Caption Contest Winners

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Chaim Soutine, Woman in Profile, ca. 1937. Oil on canvas ,18 13/8 x 10 7/8 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1943 © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY

For this month’s #Phillips95 challenge, we asked you to caption Chaim Soutine’s Woman in Profile. Congrats to these three winners!

“I wonder if I should listen to this entire performance or go to the bathroom now.” —Gail F.

“1:15 pm – Message Read
6:20 pm – Chaim Soutine is online
3:00 am – Soutine is typing…
3:01 am – …hey you, what are you up to?
3:02 am – ‘woman in profile’ face”
—Luis Q.

“She’s thinking, ‘How did I get to look so much like Judy Garland?'” —Travel Gal

And bragging rights to these Honorable Mentions:

“I so hope Chaim doesn’t give me fish lips.” —Kristin J.

“Chaim…I’m really tired of sitting here for you every day, it better be better than a Rembrandt!” —Margot K.

“I’m snowed in and there’s no chocolate in the house.” —Sharon M.

Kurtis Minder (February 16 at 2:39pm): She is irritated that she just bought an apple watch and a newer, improved model is already out.” —Kurtis M.

Interestingly, a number of people were reminded of celebrities or friends when they saw Soutine’s female sitter, including Coco Chanel, Liza Minnelli, and Judy Garland. Does this woman remind you of anyone?

Thanks to everyone who participated in February’s challenge! Check back each month in 2016 for new challenges in celebration of the Phillips’s 95th anniversary and chances to win prizes.