Behind the Scenes of the 2013 Staff Show

In addition to the Van Gogh Repetitions exhibition, Phillips preparators have been busy this month installing for the annual Staff Show.

Phillips preparators install works of art for the staff show and adjust lighting.

(Left) A Phillips preparator measures and hangs artwork. (Right) Lights are adjusted to highlight a piece.

The 2013 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show will be on view September 23, 2013 through October 20, 2013. The show features artwork from Phillips Collection staff. Please join us for the opening reception on October 10, 2013 from 5-8pm.

Emily Bray, Young Artists Exhibitions Program Coordinator

A Phillips preparator installs the title wall of the staff show.

Vinyl is installed as the finishing touch.

Staff Show Sneak Peek

We’re still installing artwork for the annual James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show, but here is a preview. Can you guess which artist in the museum’s collection inspired this work by Elizabeth Temme & m.l.duffy?

Elizabeth Temme & m.l.duffy, MAGNApp, 2013. Acrylic and graphite on canvas.

Elizabeth Temme & m.l.duffy, MAGNApp, 2013. Acrylic and graphite on canvas.

It’s Roy Lichtenstein’s work Magnifying Glass!

 

The 2013 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show will be on view September 23, 2013 through October 20, 2013. The show features artwork from Phillips Collection staff.

Emily Bray, Young Artists Exhibitions Program Coordinator

Staff Show 2012: Meghan Schindler

In this series, Young Artists Exhibitions Program Coordinator Jenna Kowalke-Jones profiles participants in the 2012 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show. Join us for the Staff Show reception this evening, September 27, from 5:30 to 8 pm!

Meghan K. Schindler, Untitled, July 2012

Meghan K. Schindler, Untitled, July 2012

Meghan K. Schindler lives in Alexandria, VA, with her pet fish Allistair and her roommate Chance. When she has the time, she enjoys sitting on her balcony reading chronicles from 11th and 12th centuries.

What do you do at The Phillips Collection?  Are there any unique/interesting parts about your job that most people might not know about?

I am a museum supervisor in the security department, and I am in charge of the No Name No Nothing Gallery, which allows staff members to anonymously show and sell their artwork throughout the year.

Who is/are your favorite artist/artists in the collection?
It is a tie between Gustave Courbet and Georges Rouault. They both show tremendous skill and confidence in how they manipulate the paint across the canvas. I admire their ability to convey the object with very little structure.

What is your favorite gallery/space within The Phillips Collection?
The West parlor where I can sit and look at Gustave Courbet’s Rocks at Mouthier (c. 1855).

What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2012 Staff Show (and/or your work in general)?

Drawing relaxes me; it is a form of stress release. I don’t usually start a drawing with a firm idea of where it is going. I start somewhere on the page and see what happens. Usually after about 1/4 of the page is covered I can see what is happening and will start to form more solid structures.

The 2012 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show is on view through October 9, 2012. This year’s show features 35 artworks, in various media, all by Phillips Collection staff.

Jenna Kowalke-Jones, Young Artists Exhibitions Program Coordinator