Pedro Reyes with a student during his studio visits and critiques at GW University. Photos: Dean Kessmann
Pedro Reyes, “Sanatorium,” dOCUMENTA(13), 2012, Kassel, Germany, Photo: Klaus Ottmann
Pedro Reyes, an artist based in Mexico City and one who has participated in our Conversations with Artists series, is an “artist to watch” according to the Huffington Post. During his talk at the Center last November he spoke about recent and ongoing projects—in particular Sanatorium, which exhibited at dOCUMENTA(13) last summer, and everyone’s favorite socialist puppet show, Baby Marx. During his stay in D.C. he also conducted a few studio visits with graduate students of Fine Arts at the George Washington University.
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.
Phillips Librarian Karen Schneider (right) with students of the Center's spring 2012 art history course. Photo: Megan Clark
I recently ventured over to the galleries to listen in as Librarian Karen Schneider led a discussion with graduate students enrolled in the Center‘s spring 2012 art history course, The Exhibition and the Invention of Modern and Contemporary Art, 1913–Present.
The course is taught by Anne Goodyear, associate curator of prints and drawings at the National Portrait Gallery and adjunct professor of art history at the George Washington University, in collaboration with the George Washington University. It focuses on the evolution of exhibition practices and collecting of modern and contemporary art starting with the Armory Fair of 1913 and ending with examples from present day.
Karen spoke to the students about the history of The Phillips Collection and spent some time outside the library’s Reading Room so that students could observe photographs and archival materials that speak to the museum’s early history. Karen also led the students on a tour of works in the collection relevant to their discussion of Duncan Phillips’s relationship with fellow collectors and artists, including Arthur Dove, Katherine Dreier, Marsden Hartley, and Alfred Stieglitz.