The Phillips Collection will exhibit Intersections: Ranjani Shettar - Earth Songs for a Night Sky - May 16-August 25.The contemporary sculptor and installation artist from India combines hand-carved wood, fabric, steel, beeswax, lacquer, and dye. For her Intersections project, she will create wood sculptures in dialogue with the book Sounds by Wassily Kandinsky in the Phillips’s collection. Her work has been exhibited and collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum and many other esteemed venues. She lives and works in Karnataka, India.
The Phillips Collection will exhibit The Warmth of Other Suns - Stories of Global Displacement, June 22-September 22. The exhibition will present historical and contemporary works by 75 artists—from the U.S. as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, UK, Vietnam, and more. Installations, videos, paintings, and documentary images "will explore both real and imaginary geographies, reconstructing personal and collective tales of migration." The exhibition will also focus on how artists bear witness to both historical events and more subtle shifts in cultural landscapes." Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series (1940-41) is one of several works in the show. The exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Natalie Bell in partnership with the New Museum, New York and is based on the exhibition The Restless Earth, which was shown at the Triennale in Milan in 2017.
Image below: Dorothea Lange, I Am an American, 1942, Gelatin silver print, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-USZ62-23602
The Phillips Collection is exhibiting Jeanine Michna-Bales: Photographs of the Underground Railroad, thru May 12.The exhibition marks the 400th anniversary of the first slave ships in the U.S. and features selections from Jeanine Michna-Bales’s Through Darkness to Light: Photographs along the Underground Railroad series from the collection of Julia J. Norrell. Michna-Bales “captured various sites that freedom-seekers traveled along the Underground Railroad. Recalling the fugitives who sought refuge in the dark chambers of night, Michna-Bales conjures their frightful journeys through her mysterious, night-time landscapes.”
Image below: Jeanine Michna-Bales Decision to Leave. Magnolia Plantation on the Cane River, Louisiana (from Through Darkness to Light: Photographs along on the Underground Railroad) (2013) Collection of Julia J. Norell
The Phillips Collection is exhibiting Zilia Sánchez Soy Isla (I Am an Island), thru May 19.The exhibition is the first museum retrospective of the contemporary Cuban artist’s work. Some 65 of her works are on display, including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, and sculptural pieces, plus illustrations, design sketches, and ephemera. Many of Sánchez’s works reference protagonists from ancient mythology, while others have reoccurring motifs of lunar shapes, erotic topologies, and tattoo drawing. The exhibition title, Soy Isla (I am an Island), is “a personal metaphor for Sanchez's experience as an islander—connected and disconnected from both the mainland and mainstream art currents.”
Image below: Zilia Sánchez, Maquinista, diptico (Machinist, diptych), 2008, Acrylic on stretched canvas, The Phillips Collection, Director's Discretionary Fund, 2016