Take a #breakforart with the Phillips

The Phillips Collection is constantly changing. You never know what will be on view from one day to the next.

Imagine my surprise when I entered into the newly-opened exhibition History in the Making: 100 Years after the Armory Show. There, hanging ever-so-gracefully, is Maurice Prendergast’s On the Beach (ca. 1907-1909). I’ve never seen this work of art in person before, having only worked at the Phillips for one year. And — as if by magic — we just featured Prendergast’s effervescent watercolor in one of the education department’s pilot Twitter chats, #breakforart.

Maurice Prendergast, On the Beach, ca. 1907-1909. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 14 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (36.83 x 54.61 cm). The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., Acquired 1926.

Maurice Prendergast, On the Beach, ca. 1907-1909. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 14 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (36.83 x 54.61 cm). The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., Acquired 1926.

These Twitter chats are meant for you, our public. When the museum is closed, the works of art still live. We’re opening up the museum, virtually of course, on Mondays for you to comment, question, provoke, laugh, and be inspired. Be a part of our Twitter chat experiments by joining us each Monday through September 30 from 12-1pm EST. Follow the Phillips on Twitter as we #breakforart!

And in the meantime, you can catch up with the rich conversation on that Prendergast painting, here.

New to Twitter? Want to join our chat? Just search @PhillipsMuseum or the hashtag #breakforart each Monday at 12 EST to join. 

 

Meagan Estep, Teacher Programs Coordinator

Sculpture + Post-Studio Practice: Conversations with Artists

Photographs of Matthew Day Jackson's "Hauta" and Pedro Reyes's "Sanatorium"

(Left) Matthew Day Jackson, Hauta, 2012, Photo: David Bebber, Image courtesy of the artist (Right) Pedro Reyes, Sanatorium, dOCUMENTA(13), 2012, Kassel , Germany, Photo: Klaus Ottmann.

The 2012-13 Conversations with Artists season focuses on post-studio practice and explores how artists are redefining the formal language of conventional sculpture. Engage with artists who create participatory, object-based, ephemeral, public, and installation art, including Pedro Reyes’s temporary clinic Sanatorium, where visitors must check in as patients to be prescribed treatments for “urban illnesses,” and Wangechi Mutu’s exploration of perception and identity through the use of repurposed everyday objects.

Oct. 25, 2012: MATTHEW DAY JACKSON
In conversation with Alexander Dumbadze, Assistant Professor of Art History, George Washington University

Nov. 29, 2012: PEDRO REYES
In conversation with Vesela Sretenović, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Phillips Collection

Feb. 28, 2013: TEHCHING HSIEH
In conversation with Anne Goodyear, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

March 21, 2013: JESSICA STOCKHOLDER
In conversation with Klaus Ottmann, Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and Curator at Large, The Phillips Collection

April 11, 2013: DANIEL BOZHKOV
In conversation with James Sham, Assistant Professor of Sculpture, George Washington University

April 18, 2013: WANGECHI MUTU
In conversation with Klaus Ottmann, Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and Curator at Large, The Phillips Collection

We’ll live tweet from each event this season. Follow us on Twitter at @PhillipsMuseum, and join the conversation. #CWA

Conversations with Artists begin at 6 pm in the Center for the Study of Modern Art studio behind the main museum building. $10; $5 members; free for Phillips International Forum members and students. Reservations are required and can be made online. The conversations are cosponsored by the George Washington University.