A Surprise Around Every Corner

Photo: Sarah Osborne Bender

Last week, Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party found a new home in the Music Room. The painting won’t stay in this gallery forever but will enjoy a nice respite here with the Tacks while various other installations throughout the museum are finalized over the coming weeks.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Likes our Renoir

In case you haven’t met Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, here’s a chance to get to know “the biggest small star of the comedy world on the web,” according to Brian Williams’s recent report. Marcel’s first video hit YouTube in late 2010 and since then the googly-eyed creature has had over 14 million views! This fall, a new book and a second video were released. Have a look about one minute into the second video, below, when Marcel is talking about his bed made of bread. In the background you can see a postcard of Luncheon of the Boating Party. It’s nice to know that Marcel (or his parents) have such good taste!

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Overheard in the Galleries: A Pre-K Tour

Photo courtesy Phillips Collection Education Department

Recently I shadowed a school tour of pre-K students and heard one of my favorite descriptions ever of Luncheon of the Boating Party. When the tour leader asked, “How do you feel when you look at this painting?” four-year-old Maria waved her hand in the air anxiously and replied, “When I see that painting I feel cake-y.”

Maria, I couldn’t agree more, that painting makes me feel cake-y, cheerful, and merry too!

We’ll be celebrating that cake-y painting and many others tomorrow at a free 90th Anniversary Birthday Bash, 10 am to 8 pm.