Hard to believe it’s been over a month since we took a Phillips trip to Japan as part of our travel program. Over the course of a week and a half, we traveled to Tokyo, Kyoto, Kurashiki, Naoshima, and Takamatsu. Here are a few snapshots of the people, places, and studios we visited.
Phillips staff have been known to encounter reminders of home while traveling, and it seems I’m no exception. Last week I ventured to Seattle for the Museum Computer Network annual conference where I presented with colleagues from the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum about home movie and photo contests we created for Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard at our three venues. On the morning I was to return, I couldn’t resist getting up early for a pre-flight pilgrimage to the Olympic Sculpture Park, hoping to experience works that have long fascinated me from afar like Mark Dion’s living, breathing ecosystem, Neukom Vivarium (2004-06).
How could I forget, even after posting about it in this space just six months ago, that our own Intersections artist Sandra Cinto had recently created an installation at the park? The pavilion, which houses Cinto’s work, wouldn’t open for a few hours (nor would Dion’s Vivarium, sadly) but its walls are made of glass. Peering in, I was delighted to recognize the kindred spirit to Cinto’s One Day, After the Rain, currently on view in the Phillips cafe.
A few steps further, I discovered a surprise component–Cinto’s swirling waves extended beyond the pavilion’s walls on a monumental canvas hanging over the terrace that looks out over Elliott Bay.
Cecilia Wichmann, Publicity and Marketing Manager