American Moments Portraits: Staff Inspiration

Untitled_Sue Ahn

“Untitled” by Museum Assistant Sue Ahn

You can create a portrait in the American Moments: Photographs from The Phillips Collection inspired by a gallery in the exhibition that features portraits of artists, including notable painters, photographers, and musicians. We asked staff to create a few kick off submissions (check out a few we featured earlier this week); here are some of our favorites. Share yours with #AmericanMoments and you might see it featured here during the exhibition.

Paco_Dan McSwain

“Paco” by Dan McSwain

Catfish Selfie_Barbal Sisoridae

“Catfish Selfie” by Barbel Sisoridae

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“Untitled” by Anonymous

Bennett_Elizabeth

“Bennett” by Elizabeth

 

American Moments Portraits: Puppies, People, and Ponies

One Line Monday (6-1)_Mike Guy

“One Line Monday (6-1)” by Mike Guy

Quick! If you had to create a portrait of one person right now, who would it be? A family member? Yourself? Your pet?

We have all of the necessary supplies to create a portrait at a station in American Moments: Photographs from The Phillips Collection, inspired by a gallery in the exhibition that features portraits of artists, including notable painters, photographers, and musicians. To help us kick off the in-gallery activity, we asked the many artists on staff here at the Phillips to get creative with their submissions. Join us for opening weekend June 6 & 7 to create your own! Share it on social media with #AmericanMoments and you might see your submission featured here on The Experiment Station.

HORSE_Anna

“Horse” by Anna

Aunt Nor - Cancer Won_Meghan Schindler

“Aunt Nor – Cancer Won” by Museum Supervisor Meghan Schindler

Miss B_Amy Wike

“Miss B” by Marketing Manager Amy Wike

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“Steinbeck” by Anonymous

 

An Impossible Equation

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Man Ray’s Equation (1947, oil on canvas, 16 × 20 1/8 in, private collection) alongside the drawing that preceded it.

Man Ray painted Equation (at left above) in Hollywood based on his 1939 drawing (at right). While the composition reveals recognizable elements from different mathematical models that appear in other Shakespearean Equation paintings, this canvas contains no suggestion of human entities or references to Shakespeare. It is also the only painting in the series that does not replicate any model in its entirety. Nonetheless, Equation notably foreshadows the Shakespearean Equations project, and Man Ray subsequently incorporated the canvas into the series.