Sunday, April 04, 2010

April Programs at the Phillips Collection

Lecture: April 7, 5:30 p.m.
Constructing Modernism: The Life and Architecture of Hilyard R. Robinson

Robinson helped design buildings for Howard University, as well as the Langston Terrace Dwellings in Anacostia—the first public housing project for African Americans.  Dr. Kelly Quinn, associate professor in American studies at Miami University in Ohio, considers how Robinson brought the modernist aesthetic to the African American community.  Co-organized with the Millennium Arts Salon.  Free; Registration required:

Poetry: April 8, 6:30 p.m.
Jane Hirshfield on Georgia O’Keeffe

Hirshfield reads selections from her work in response to Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction.  Hirshfield is the author of six poetry collections, including After, which was chosen as one of 2006’s best books by the Financial Times and the Washington Post.  In collaboration with Folger Shakespeare Library.  $15; free for members.  Registration required: or 202-544-7077
Lecture: April 17, 2 p.m.
Georgia O’Keeffe and a New Line of Vision

Elizabeth Hutton Turner, a curator of Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction and professor and vice provost for the arts at the University of Virginia, explores how O’Keeffe approached abstraction early in the 20th century.  Included in admission to the special exhibition; free for members

Lecture: April 21, 5:30 p.m.
Conversations with Artists—Michael RakowitzKnown for his award-winning paraSITE (1998) in which inflatable homeless shelters attach to exterior vents of a building’s heating or cooling system, Rakowitz describes how his art challenges notions of social economies.  Free; Registration required: 

Discussion: April 22, 6:30 p.m.
Earth Day, Landscape, and Local Food

Georgia O’Keeffe’s deep connection to her environment inspires Maryland winemaker Robert Lyons, chef Nora Pouillon of Restaurant Nora, and Pennsylvania farmer Mark Toigo of Toigo Orchards to think about relationships to their surroundings.  FreshFarm Markets Director Ann Yonkers moderates. A light tasting follows.  In collaboration with FreshFarm Markets.  $15; free for members.  Registration required:
Lecture: April 28, 5:30 p.m.
Conversations with Artists—Chris Jordan

The Seattle-based artist trains his photographic lens on the environment of consumerism.  Jordan’s supersized images of landfills call attention to the vast quantities of goods Americans waste every day.  Free; Registration required: 

The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW (at Q Street)
Metro Red Line, Dupont Circle Station (Q Street exit), and via several bus lines,
202-387-2151 or 

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