American Acrostics: Ernest Fiene

Ernest Fiene, Fall of Old Houses, not dated. Oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 36 1/4 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1930.

To celebrate the last month of Made in the USA, we’ve asked Phillips staff to create acrostic poems for works in the exhibition. In this post, Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski highlights what she finds unusual about this cityscape scene.


Ernest Fiene, Fall of Old Houses
Urban scene…in pinks and blues??
Speeding Elevated trains
Assemblage of old and new / constant change

Dorothy Kosinski, Director

Bibs, Dogs, Hip Hop, and Hair: Miss Amelia’s Thoughts

Over the course of the exhibition, we’ve been highlighting some of our favorite submissions to our Made in the USA in-gallery comment station. The station asks visitors to respond to Thomas Eakins‘s Miss Amelia Van Buren by answering the question, “What is Amelia Thinking?”. Below are this month’s installment of giggle-worthy submissions.

Amelia Van Buren talkback_music

Freshening the Made in the USA Galleries

Made in the USA curator Susan Behrends Frank discusses some of the recent additions to the exhibition galleries,  from Duncan Phillips’s first personal acquisition (Ernest Lawson’s High Bridge—Early Moon) to one of his final purchases before his death (Loren MacIver’s Printemps).