Saturday, November 14, 2009


Intersections Opening—Artists Tayo Heuser, Barbara Liotta, and Jennifer Wen Ma
Discussion: Nov. 19, 6 p.m.  by donation

Heuser, Liotta, and Wen Ma share the inspiration behind their site-specific works with Vesela Sretenovic, Phillips curator of modern and contemporary art.  by donation

Brain Storm is presented in collaboration with Transformer gallery and Shigeko Bork Mu Project, in conjunction with Ink Storm, an exhibition curated by Ma at Transformer.

Heuser is best known for her large-scale, pen-and-ink drawings on highly polished and shimmering paper, the result of coating and burnishing according to an old Arabic tradition.

Artwork by Liotta is on display in a solo show at D.C.’s Reyes + Davis gallery, from Oct. 23 to Nov. 27, 2009.

Intersections invites artists to respond to artwork and spaces in the museum with projects of their own, revealing relationships between modern and contemporary art. Many Intersections projects riff on the intimate nature of the museum’s architecture, engaging spaces not typically considered exhibition areas, such as the museum’s stairwell, courtyard, and walkways between buildings, among others. (this is not that Café, a project by dBfoundation, is currently underway in the museum’s café.) By activating these unconventional spaces, Intersections challenges visitors’ expectations of how and where they experience art. These unexpected encounters create new relationships, with surprises of their own.

“Intersections invites the living artist to engage creatively with the rich modernist collection at The Phillips Collection. Collaborating with curator, Vesela Sretenovic, the artists respond to specific works of art as well as the idiosyncratic spaces of our intimate galleries,” says Dorothy Kosinski, director of The Phillips Collection. “Duncan Phillips was thrilled by contemporary art, and we are excited to embrace this aspect of the institution’s mission and personality.”

The Phillips Collection
1600 Twenty-first Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

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