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!
In preparation for Bernardi Roig‘s white plaster sculptures coming to the Phillips this October, Director of Facilities and Security Dan Datlow visited the work. Leave your captions for this photo in the comments or on social media with #RoigCaptions for a chance to win two member-for-a-day passes!
Associate Registrar for Exhibitions Trish Waters gets us started with her submission: “What did I tell you? No shirt, no shoes—no service!”
**UPDATE: Congratulations to Facebook fan Maura, who wins this round with: “I didn’t know it was a Dan Flavin, I thought they were spare lights for the cafeteria.”
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.