Chair yoga session in The Phillips Collection's galleries. Photo: Katie Schuler
Kimberly Wilson, director and founder of Tranquil Space, recently taught two inspiring chair yoga sessions during Phillips after 5. Kicking off their shoes in the galleries, visitors of all ages and experience levels participated; they stretched their creativity and focused on the beauty of the art in the museum and around them and in their daily lives.
The classes were designed to complement the evening’s theme: Spirituality in Art. The program also featured a live video remix by artist Robin Bell and tea tastings by Silence Tea. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Wassily Kandinsky‘s seminal treatise Concerning the Spiritual in Art, which served as the inspiration for the night’s events.
Video artist Robin Bell.
This will be my third year doing an audio-visual remix response to an exhibition at The Phillips Collection. The museum has one of the finest collections in the world, and I feel honored to be able to do my craft here.
The Phillips Collection is a living museum, and it is a joy to be able to contribute to helping pieces grow and take on a life beyond their original meaning, while maintaining the ideas and concepts of the original work. I primarily use still and video cameras to capture the world around me and am always inspired by the artists who capture the emotions in canvas and sculptures. Continue reading “Robin Bell: Sound, Video, Spirituality” »
(Left) Tomoko and Elizabeth catalog the book. (Center) A full-color plate. (Right) The book binding and slipcase.
Volunteer Tomoko Kanekiyo assists library intern Elizabeth Cawrse-Matthews in cataloguing a rare copy of Wassily Kandinsky’s Concerning the Spiritual in Art, translated and published in Japanese in 1924. The powerful treatise on abstraction was first published in 1911. Soon translated and sold around the world, Kandinsky’s thoughts on color and form were vastly influential. The Phillips library also recently acquired an edition in Spanish, published in Argentina in 1956. Both editions will be on display as part of Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting with White Border, June 11–September 4, 2011.