by Borderstan.com February 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.

Wax room by Wolfgang Laib at Kunstmuseum Bonn (1992). Courtesy of the artist.

The wax room by Wolfgang Laib at Kunstmuseum Bonn, 1992. (Courtesy of the artist.)

In July 2012 the Phillips Collection announced its first new permanent installation in over 50 years. The installation will be a site-specific commission by German Artist Wolfgang Laib. Laib will create a small, wax room in the part of The Phillips Collection that was the originally Duncan Phillips’ house.

From now until February 28, The Phillips Collection is seeking to raise $15,000 for the project via its Indiegogo campaign. Artists and Philips Collections donors, Brian and Paula Ballo Dailey, have agreed to match these donations up to $15,000.

For added incentive, the Phillips is offering special benefits to those who donate at the $25, $100, $250, $500 and $1,000 (and-above) levels.

Laib has worked with organic materials for his entire career and has used beeswax as a medium since 1988. The completed room will contain about 800 pounds of melted beeswax, and will be lit by a single, bare light bulb. The room will be filled with a golden and glow and with the subtle scent of beeswax.

Laib has created several similar rooms throughout Europe and in New York, in both natural and manmade settings. The artist uses other bee byproducts, most notably pollen, in his art, such as “Pollen from Hazelnut,” which was at the Hirshhorn in 2004. The most recent iteration is currently installed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

According to The Phillips Collection’s campaign page, “The wax room demonstrates art’s life-enhancing power, a quality founder Duncan Phillips championed when he opened the museum in Washington, D.C., in 1921.” With the new wax chamber, the museum hopes to offer a contemplative experience similar to that of the well-known Rothko Room.

The Laib wax room will open on March 2, 2013. Visit the campaign page to read more about the Laib wax room.

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by Borderstan.com January 24, 2013 at 8:30 am 0

From ArtSee. Email contact[AT]artseedc.com and follow ArtSee@ArtSeeinDC on Twitter.

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The Phillips Collection at 21st and Q NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Paul Cézanne, the French artists and post-impressionists painter characterized for his volatile brushstrokes and dynamic planes of color that laid the foundations for the radical art of Picasso and Matisse that exploded with popularity in the early 20th Century, is most remembered for his ability to harmonize naturalistic representation with personal expression and abstract pictorial order.

Though landscapes are the most iconic images within Cézanne’s body of work, it is the psychological intensity embedded within Cezanne’s early works that most fascinates Dr. André Dombrowski.

Recipient of the 2009 Phillips Book Prize and Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Dombrowski will be giving a lecture, Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life, at the Phillips Collection on Thursday, January 24.

Dr. Dombrowski offers a nuanced approach to early French modernism, one which he argues for emotive “expression” in scenes of murder, sexual violence and anxious domesticity, as the roots of modern painting.

Dr. Dombrowski will be participating in a lecture and book signing on Thursday, January 24, at 6:30pm at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW. Seating is limited.

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by Borderstan.com December 4, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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“Big Red Bear” is by ekelly80 from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Big Red Bear” was taken by ekelly80. The photo was taken on November 8. It is a sculpture called  The Bear by Xavier Veilhan at the Phillips Collection.

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by Borderstan.com October 26, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,158 0

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Phillips Collection. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

Update:

Dear editors,

Unfortunately the upcoming premier of Auksalaq (the climate change opera)
has been affected by the ‘Frankenstorm’. The premier performance was
intended to be distributed between networked venues in Norway, Montreal,
Alaska, New York, Indianapolis, Washington DC and Charlottesville. Our DC
venue, The Phillips Collection, has been forced to cancel. But the show
must go on. EcoSono Ensemble will relocate to Charlottesville, VA, and a
live webcast will be available to our audiences. View the webcast at 5pm
EST on Monday October 29th.

To watch the real-time broadcast join us at http://www.auskalaq.org on Monday 10/29/12 at
4:45pm Eastern Standard Time and select a streaming option.

Regards,

Sarah O’Halloran
EcoSono Ensemble

EcoSono Ensemble, a group that combines its passion for the arts and the environment through musical creation and ecological awareness, is launching its premier performance on Monday, October 29 at The Philips Collection.

The evening will feature a performance of Matthew Burtner and Scott Deal’s award winning telematic opera on climate change, Auksalaq. This cutting-edge experience integrates music, sonic and visual art, science and social commentary to provide a statement like no other on the impact of global climate change.

Throughout the performance, the audience is encouraged to contribute to the opera’s sights and sounds using NOMADS, a specially developed mobile phone app.

“The remote sites share sounds and images through a high bandwidth Internet connection to create a musical and visual ecosystem of interacting layers, which form one rich, intricate macro‐timbre.”

Auksalaq will also feature in-person instrumental and vocal performances by the EcoSono Ensemble, augmented by telematic performances by artists including Bit20, Nief Norf Ensemble and McGill Percussion Ensemble.

The performance starts at 5 pm. Tickets are $20 for non-members, $8 members and free to students with ID. For more information, visit the website.

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by Borderstan.com September 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,134 0

"Tryst"

Tryst at the Phillips Collection (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

It’s old news that one of DC’s most highly regarded coffeehouses serves its frothy concoctions at The Phillips Collection, but now that same coffeehouse (Tryst) is hosting Thursday happy hours at the capital city’s notorious art collection.

Join DC’s passionate art aficionados and curious cocktail sippers at Thursday Tryst at the Phillips, a happy hour series held on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th (and sometimes 5th) Thursday of each month from 5 until 8 pm.

In addition to serving up craft beverages and food specials, the series also features live music from Listen Local First.

Here’s what’s on tap for this month:

  • September 13: Featuring Bumper Jacksons
  • September 20: Featuring Flo Anito
  • September 27: Featuring Ryan Bailey of the Riverbreaks

The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.

by Borderstan.com March 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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The interior of The Phillips Collection. (Photo by Vileinist in Borderstan Flickr pool)

From Mary Burgan. You can email her at mary[AT]borderstan.com.

The Phillips Collection is a neighborhood treasure at the corner of Q and 21st Streets NW. It’s currently housing a show, “Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard” about the impact of small, box Kodaks — the Apple i-Miracles of their time — on the creativity of Bonnard, Vuillard and a few like-minded painters in the 1890s and early 1900s.

No canvases in this superb, international exhibit surpass those furnished by the Phillips itself. And in addition to seeing how Kodaks could  prompt new ways of handling light and design, there’s the fun of discovering how often the artistic geniuses who bought them took snapshots the way the rest of us do: suddenly, to fix forever some moment with loved ones, especially kids.

Snapshot Home Movie Contest

The gallery is also conducting a video contest, “Snapshot Home Movie Contest.”  Entries are to focus on life at home with family and friends and each video should not exceed three minutes. Submit your entry online via a simple web form before midnight, on March 25.

The Phillips Collection will screen ten finalists on April 12 (they will also receive a copy of the “Snapshot” exhibition catalogue). On that night, the crowd will get their chance to vote for a favorite. Further, the winning video will be included in DC Shorts  this September, and the winning videographer will also receive a year-long membership to the Phillips Collection and a $300 gift card at B&H Photo.

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by Borderstan.com February 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

The Phillips Collection, anokarina, Borderstan Flickr pool

“The Phillips Collection” is by anokarina in the Borderstan flickr pool.

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at [email protected]

A partnership between the The Phillips Collection and Loop Yarn Works made the block of 21st Street NW between P and Q Streets the most festive place to be for Valentine’s Day yesterday.

WAMU brought the news of who was behind the knitted cupids and the welcome news that they will be up all week. To those in the doghouse for getting bad candy or those who need a reminder that we’re all loved by someone, even if you didn’t get overpriced roses, check out the walk or the exhibit of large yarn projects at the Collection.

Looped aims to bring knitting and crocheting back to the circle and has some ridiculously cute dogs on their website — both will make you feel all warm and fuzzy.

by Borderstan.com December 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,546 0

Connecticut Avenue NW, Dupont Circle, Luis Gomez Photos, One Photograph A Day

From Ashley Lusk. Check out Ashley’s blog Metropoetrylis and find her on Twitter at @arlusk. You can email her at [email protected].

Fact: The average person makes 24% of their annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and despite a deep recession, charitable giving was up more than 3% in 2010 (Source: Charity Navigator).

Here at Borderstan we want to help you make the decision to give locally this year. That’s why we’re providing you with an easy way to make contributions to charities that provide support for our neighbors in Borderstan and DC. From health care to social services and the arts, philanthropies in our neighborhood make an impact on our community.

Consider adding one of these charities or organizations to your holiday list. Then ask friends and family to make a donation in your name. Or make a donation for someone else. If we missed an organization, please leave a comment with details!

Following are 14 programs, organizations, charities and schools you can support that provide important services to our community, in the following six categories: Help Those in Need, Local Schools, HIV/AIDS Support, Senior Citizens, LGBT Community and The Arts.

Help Those in Need

Bread for the City, 1525 7th Street NW. The mission of Bread for the City is to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, legal and social services and medical care. This season for $28.85 you can provide a single low-income family with a complete holiday meal through the Holiday Helpings program. In addition to cash donations that sustain ongoing programs like the rooftop garden, you can customize your gift by contributing an item from the Bread for the City Wishlist. The list contains items needed for programs and clients and includes needed items like Adobe InDesign software, toaster ovens and gift cards to Walmart, CVS and Target.

Central Union Mission, 1350 R Street NW. Although this long time shelter just moved from its home on 14th Street NW, you can still support the mission this holiday season. In addition to cash donations through their website, you can provide presents for a needy child through Operation Christmas Miracle or even volunteer at their food depot or kitchen. The mission also offers you a chance to customize your donation by purchasing items needed for the residents through their Christmas Catalog — you choose if your dollars buy hygiene clothing, toys or even meals.

Charlie’s Place, 1830 Connecticut Avenue NW. In Northwest DC there can be the misconception that everyone is financially stable. But Charlie’s Place provides an important service for those people who are not. This non-denominational, anti-hunger, homeless ministry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church provides morning meal, case management, lunch go-go, HIV testing and counseling and clothing distribution. This holiday season and all year long donations can be made online through their Network for Good site.

Martha’s Table, 2114 14th Street NW. The vision for Martha’s Table is to find solutions to poverty in the short term with food and clothing programs, and in the long term by breaking the cycle of poverty with education and family strengthening programs. This season you can browse their holiday catalog for a customized gift in honor of a family member or friend. Choose from a variety of programs to support including debate classes, college preparation courses or wellness and nutrition activities. You can also make unrestricted cash gifts, donations of clothing or food, or contribute an item from the Martha’s Table Wishlist. If you’re looking for a bigger way to support Martha’s Table into the new year consider attending their Sips and Suppers events in early January where for $100 you have a chance to enjoy drinks with Jose Andres, Alice Waters and Joan Nathan.

N Street Village, 1333 N Street NW. Few people know that many of the homeless services in DC focus specifically on men. Services provided by N Street Village focus on empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women. They strive to address issues around income, housing, employment and health. To volunteer or make a donation, in-kind or financial, visit their donation site.

Local Schools

Garrison Elementary School, 1200 S Street NW. Garrison is the in-boundary school for most of Logan Circle and the U Street Corridor, serving more than 250 students from preschool through 5th Grade. The school also has three autism classrooms.You can support the Garrison PTA with a donation; make a check to Garrison PTA, 1200 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 (donations to Garrison PTA are not tax deductible at this time). You can also support the school by collecting Box Tops for Education, Labels for Education, linking your Safeway Card to Garrison and just by volunteering! Email [email protected] to join the email list or to get more information.

Ross Elementary School1730 R Street NW. There is something so meta about supporting an organization that supports other organizations and Ross Elementary School does just that. In addition to being a local school, through Ross Elementary PTA you can provide donations to Books for America, Children’s Hospital and Charlie’s Place. In addition, you can choose to make a donation to Ross’ programs by bringing your recyclable materials to the school, clipping box top for education labels or selecting Ross as the recipient of the school rewards programs at Giant, Safeway and Harris Teeter.

School for Friends, 2201 P Street NW. One of the ways you can contribute to the School for Friends (Quaker) is through their Fund for Friends Campaign. The fund provides financial aid to students, which allows the school to support their commitment to diversity. One of the great thing about SFF is the diversity of the families, all of varying economic, racial, ethnic and sexual orientation backgrounds. SFF is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

HIV/AIDS Support

Whitman Walker Health, 1701 14th Street NW. If you ever needed to believe a small donation could mean a lot, Whitman Walker Health proves it: just $25 helps their health team distribute 50 safer sex kits. Make a donation to WWH this season and your dollars will go to provide high quality health services to individuals who face barriers to accessing care. You also have the opportunity to make a donation in honor or memory of someone, or even make the gift anonymously.

Senior Citizens

Dupont Circle Village, 9 Dupont Circle NW. It’s hard to imagine being inside most of the time when all of DC is just outside your door, but for many older resident of the District their world is what they see through their window. That’s why Dupont Village is dedicated to linking older residents to not only social/cultural activities, but to also provide health-related and reliable home-maintenance services. Consider serving as a volunteer to an elderly person in the community by agreeing to provide transportation to and from appointments or provide a pick-up after a medical procedure. Get started with the volunteer application on the Dupont Village site.

LGBT Community

The DC Center for the LGBT Community, 1318 U Street NW. The DC Center’s mission is to celebrate and support LGBT residents in the District, and based on the number of programs, activities and communities on their site, they are succeeding. Although the Center accepts cash donations throughout the year, you may want to consider buying a ticket to the Glamour, Glitter, Gold Oscar event held in February each year. Proceeds support the Center and you get to dress up for a fun night out.

Trevor Project, DC Ambassadors Committee. The Washington, DC Ambassadors Committee is group of volunteers dedicated to helping raise awareness of The Trevor Project‘s mission of ending suicide among LGBTQ youth. The committee works with schools in the DC area to reach out to kids directly and raise awareness of the issue, as well as raising support through volunteerism and fundraising, to help The Trevor Project carry on their life-saving efforts. In its first year, the local committee raised nearly $100,000 for the Trevor Project and engaged over 1,000 DC area supporters.

The Arts

Mid City Artists. The Mid City Artists is “a diverse and talented group of professional artists who have come together for the purpose of promoting their art and the Dupont/Logan neighborhoods of Washington DC that they call home. Twice each year, the private studios of select member artists are open for visitors. Discover painting, photography, sculpture, glass, mixed media, prints and much more.” With a current roster of 42 artists, you can support MCA’s general fund by sending a check to the organization’s treasurer: MCA, c/o Chuck Baxter, 914 Westminster Street NW, Washington, DC  20001. (Donations are not tax deductible.)

The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW. The artwork in the Phillips Collection is mighty in its scope — the museum features more than 3,000 works of art by Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso, Rothko, Diebenkorn, and other modern masters. Caring for so many historic pieces calls for community support and this holiday it’s easy to do that with a donation to the museum. You can become a member and gain reciprocal special admission at more than 300 partner museums. Unrestricted dollars are welcome, but you can also choose to dedicate your gift to the musical program or the onsite library and archives.

by Borderstan.com November 16, 2011 at 6:00 am 0

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“Phillips Collection” is by Vileinist from the Borderstan flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Phillips Collection” was taken by Vileinist on October 15. The Phillips Collection gallery is at 1600 21st Street NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com October 24, 2011 at 6:00 am 0

“Phillips Collection” is by Vileinist from the Borderstan flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Phillips Collection” was taken by Vileinist on October 15 at The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street Northwest.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com October 17, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

“The Phillips Collection” is by anokarina in the Borderstan flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “The Phillips Collection,” was taken by anokarina on September 24.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com February 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm 0

FoodArts will have Brazilian tapas at The Phillips Collection, 21st  and Q NW. (FoodArts)

Tonight at The Phillips Collection is “Art & Romance at Phillips After 5” –

“Kick off February with a cozy, art-filled evening at The Phillips Collection. Bring a valentine or meet one there as you sip champagne and sample Brazilian tapas from Chef Andrew Holden of FoodArts. In the Music Room, a violinist and a poet accompany DJ Adrian Loving as he spins music. The true life love story of Duncan and Marjorie Phillips comes alive at 6 and 7 p.m. with gallery talks about their personal and professional partnership. Before you leave, stop by the video diary booth, and tell us how art inspired love in your life. By donation; cash bar.”

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