Caption This Contest: Bernardi Roig’s Man of Light

Dan Datlow with sculpture_Alec MacKaye

Dan Datlow, Director of Facilities and Security, inspecting Bernardi Roig’s The man of the light, 2005. Polyester resin, marble dust and fluorescent lights. Figure life size. Collection of Mirella and Dani Levinas, Washington, DC

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.”

Give it a Shot

As part of Snapshot, we put together a couple of interactive projects to get visitors thinking about and experimenting with documenting the world around them through a creative lens like the artists in the exhibition. We’ve shared the results of our Home Movie Contest here on the blog.

Now it’s time to share the results of a second contest–Give it a Shot–which challenged participants to snap a photo inspired by one of the paintings in the exhibition and upload it for a chance to win a Nikon 1 camera. After receiving nearly 100 submissions  (which you can peruse on Flickr) before the exhibition closed May 6, we drew a winner at random. The Nikon 1 is en route to Caroline Olsen of Chevy Chase, and you can check out her photo and its inspiration below. Washingtonian has put together this slideshow of some of the submissions which its editors found most original and compelling.

(left) Maurice Denis, Noële and Her Mother, 1896. Oil on canvas, 13 1/8 x 15 1/2 in. Private collection. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. (right) Caroline Olsen's photo, inspired by the Denis

(left) Maurice Denis, Noële and Her Mother, 1896. Oil on canvas, 13 1/8 x 15 1/2 in. Private collection. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. (right) Caroline Olsen's photo, inspired by the Denis painting

 

 

 

And the winner is . . .

Last night, a curious audience sat down in our auditorium to screen ten videos–the jury-selected finalists of the Snapshot Home Movie Contest. Afterwards, one by one, audience members dropped a red ticket into one of ten boxes, each marked with the name of a finalist.The video with the most red tickets would win the “crowd favorite” title along with a slate of great prizes, including exposure during the DC Shorts Film Festival.

Meet the winner, Marie McGrory, a student at The George Washington University. Watch her video below, which she created during her recent spring break. Marie filmed virtually everything that happened at her family’s New York home that week, and edited her footage down to a final story that focuses on the importance of food in her family and their St. Patrick’s Day traditions. As jury-member and Washington Post Style Blog writer Maura Judkis observes, Marie’s delightful parents make incredibly compelling characters.

The McGrory Clan from Marie McGrory on Vimeo.