February #Phillips95 Challenge: Penny for Your Thoughts

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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

Portraits play an important role at The Phillips Collection. For our second monthly #Phillips95 social media challenge (celebrating the museum’s 95th anniversary), we consider Chaim Soutine’s Woman in Profile (c. 1937). The Russian artist renders his subject with an expressive face, characteristic of his portrait style. We want to know what could have her lost so deeply in thought.

YOUR CHALLENGE: What is the woman in Soutine’s Woman in Profile thinking? Respond in the comments section here, or to our social media posts on Facebook, Twitter (@PhillipsMuseum), or Instagram (@PhillipsCollection) with #Phillips95 for a chance to win four tickets the Phillips.

We’ll announce winners Tuesday, February 23. Don’t be afraid to get creative and humorous with your answer!

 

Need inspiration? During our Made in the USA exhibition in 2014, we asked visitors what Thomas Eakins’s Miss Amelia Van Buren was thinking. See these previous blog posts for some of the responses we received to get your ideas flowing.

January #Phillips95 Challenge: Lightplay

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Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly’s 2013 exhibition at The Phillips Collection. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

For the first monthly #Phillips95 social media challenge of the year, we’re taking inspiration from Ellsworth Kelly, who passed away at the age of 92 last month. Among his many contributions to the art world, Kelly was known for blurring the lines between painting, drawing, and sculpture, creating irregularly shaped canvases, layered reliefs, and engaging light and shadow as elements in his work.

YOUR CHALLENGE: Take a photo that plays with light and shadow and share it with #Phillips95 for a chance to win two tickets (+ two free drinks!) to Phillips after 5: Opposites Attract on February 4. We’ll announce winners Jan. 19. NOTE: we can only see your submissions if your account is public.

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Depending on the time of day it’s viewed, Kelly’s Untitled (EK927) can be a completely different visual experience. (left: Lee Stalsworth; right: Instagrammer @bedspring)

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Visitors @papershadow and @riotmary found moments of lightplay in and around the Phillips on their trips to the museum.

The Best of #Instavangogh

As Van Gogh Repetitions winds down, so too does our #instavangogh competition. We were blown away by the creativity, enthusiasm, and fun people had with our beard cutouts modeled after the Postman Joseph Roulin. Here’s just a few of our favorites.

These irresistibly cuddly pets who sent our cute-o-dometers off the charts:

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Clockwise from top left: submissions from @melissajosefina, @spanuska, @louisvuittonlvoer, and @LindleyThornburg

These creative thinkers who took their beards one step further than most; students from the Nysmith School in Virginia created their own colorful versions, and the folks from the Auberge Ravoux, van Gogh’s last home, sent #instavangogh greetings from across the ocean.

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left: submission from @nysmithschool, right: submission from @christianjosi

Participant @marklindamood, who van Gogh-ified van Gogh himself:

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Submissions from @marklindamood

These couples who were split between excitement and annoyance toward the photo opp:

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Left: submission from @virginiahewitt, right: submission from @cassusmith

These die-hard fans who pulled out all of the van Gogh stops:

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Left: submission from @vtlinda, right: submission from @bosley_lisa

These commendable feats of coordination, each interpreting his or her repetition in a unique way:

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Left: submission from @ejshuq, Right: submission from @amandaduchemin

Check out the rest of the submissions on our #Instavangogh Pinterest board, and don’t miss your chance to see the exhibition before it closes this Sunday, February 2!