Day 166 – Phillips After 5

If you’re a museum, the hip thing to do is choose one day a month and stay open late for an “extended happy hour” where patrons can mingle, peruse the art collection, hear lectures, listen to live music and, of course, sip on a beverage or two.

(I have been told that the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden with its “Hirshhorn After Hours” series was the first to try this and as other museums have seen the popularity of the program, they’ve implemented their own versions… Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, no?) 

The Phillips Collection, just a few blocks away from my apartment, was the first museum of modern art to be established in the United States.  The museum’s “Phillips after 5” program, which takes place the first Thursday of every month, has been on my list of things to experience in DC, so when I received a last-minute invite yesterday, I jumped at the opportunity to attend.

First, let me say that I’m always amused when I go to a museum of my own volition. As a child, my parents would take me to museums, classical concerts, ballets, etc. Who would have thought that as an adult, I’d have my own appreciation for the arts?

Second, the featured exhibit was Morandi: Master of Modern Still Life. While I enjoyed the museum overall, Morandi’s art, constiting mostly of paintings of bottles, bowls, and jars, really just didn’t speak to me. Which hopefully is okay to say/type outloud.

Third, I thought I’d share three pieces that did speak to me:

Georges Braque - The Shower

Georges Braque - The Shower

 

Bill Jensen - Deluge

Bill Jensen - Deluge

 

Ben Shahn - Still Music

Ben Shahn - Still Music


 

I wonder if there’s any thing that can be interpreted from the type of art to which one is drawn? For example, the person I attended with really likes lemons in art. Does the brightness of the lemons suggest that he has a positive outlook on life? What do the paintings above say about me?