Lighting Up The Runway

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(Left) Native Danger Fall/Winter 2014. Photo: Justin Bridges (Right) Bernardi Roig, The Man of the Light, 2005. Polyester resin, marble dust and fluorescent lights. Figure life size. Courtesy Mirella and Dani Levinas, Washington, DC. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Museum Assistant Jeff Whitelow noticed some similarities between DC-based designer NativeDanger‘s Fall/Winter 2014 Look Book and our own recently installed sculptures by Intersections artist Bernardi Roig. Looks like neon lights are all the rage this season!

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(Left) Bernardi Roig, An illuminated head for Blinky P. (The Gun), 2010. Polyester resin, marble dust and fluorescent light. Figure life size. Courtesy Galerie Klüser, Munich. Image courtesy the artist. (Right) Native Danger Fall/Winter 2014. Photo: Justin Bridges

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(Left) Native Danger Fall/Winter 2014. Photo: Justin Bridges (Right) Bernardi Roig, Herr Mauroner, 2008. Polyester resin, marble dust and fluorescent lights. Figure life size. Courtesy MAM Mario Maroner Contemporary, Vienna. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Let There Be Light: Installing Bernardi Roig’s Herr Mauroner

After suspending one sculpture in the alleyway between the original Phillips house and the Goh Annex last week, installation of Bernardi Roig‘s works continued with Herr Mauroner (2008), which peers down at passersby from a balcony overlooking 21st Street.

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A view of Bernardi Roig’s Herr Mauroner (2008) before the fluorescent lights, which will be placed over the figure’s right shoulder, are added. Polyester resin, marble dust and fluorescent lights. Figure life size. Photo courtesy The Phillips Collection

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Artist Bernardi Roig and Phillips Preparator Bill Koberg adjust the fluorescent lights (and accompanying wires) during the installtion of Herr Mauroner (2008). Photo courtesy The Phillips Collection

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View from behind the finished installation of Herr Mauroner (2008), a view not accessible to the public. Photo courtesy The Phillips Collection

Caption This Contest: Bernardi Roig’s Man of Light

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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.”