The Phillips Collection’s historic house gallerieswill officially open to the public on June 21 after being closed for a year-long renovation project. The Gallery will commemorate its centennial in 2021. Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski commented that “These upgrades to the essential control systems governing the temperature and humidity within the museum will ensure the protection of our collection and the enjoyment of our visitors for years to come.” Architectural enhancements are most notable in the Phillips Music Room, “which features upgraded wall paneling to improve sound quality and the attendees’ experience for the many music events in the space, most notably the museum’s renowned Sunday Concert series.” The series will resume in October.
Image below: A view of the renovated galleries - Photo by Lee Stalsworth
The Phillips Collection is exhibiting Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, thru September 9.The exhibit spotlights nine leading Aboriginal Australian women artists: Nongirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yununpingu, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Carlene West, and Regina Pilawuk Wilson. Some 60 works are drawn from the collection of Miami-based collectors and philanthropists Debra and Dennis Scholl, “carefully curated by the Scholls in conjunction with Australian art historian Henry F. Skerritt, with many key works commissioned specifically for the exhibition. The artists are from remote Aboriginal communities across Australia, and the subjects of their art are broad, yet each work is an attempt to grapple with fundamental questions of existence, asking us to slow down and pay attention to the natural world. These are marks made upon an “ancient endless infinity,” revealing humanity’s insignificance against the steady movement of time and the cosmos.”