In July 1961, The Phillips Gallery officially becomes The Phillips Collection. (You can find a history of name changes here.)
Google Doodles are a serendipitous treat, transforming the familiar primary colored serif letters into something whimsical. Today’s doodle, in honor of Martha Graham’s 117th birthday, appears to be an easy favorite, judging from the number of times it has already been captured and presented on YouTube.
Martha Graham visited the Phillips in May 1944 at the request of Duncan Phillips, who wrote to her of “our great wish that you can lecture on your art in our Gallery this Spring . . . Washington is eager in wartime for such occasions.” In that year, Aaron Copeland’s Appalachian Spring would premiere, which Graham choreographed and danced the leading role. The powerful American spirit in the work was easily what Phillips was hoping Graham could bring to his audience through this conversation.
Opening on May 6 and running until July, the entire museum is given over to an exhibition of the work of Mark Tobey. Organized by The Phillips Collection, the loan exhibition presents 45 works dating from 1935 to 1961.