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Cuba Impressions, February 2012, Part 1

March 2, 2012
Cuba Impressions 1

All Photos © Klaus Ottmann

Attention Readers!

January 30, 2012

We’ve moved Experiment Station to a new address! Starting today find us at Be sure to update your blog readers, feeders, and bookmarks. Thanks!

Girl Scouts in the Galleries

January 27, 2012

It’s that time again–temptation by thin mint. And this year, with the 100th birthday of Girl Scouts of the USA, even more incentive to support their cause (not to mention a new Cookie Finder app that takes your craving mobile).

Recently, Girl Scout Troop 4903 from Silver Spring, MD, selected our Degas exhibition as the perfect place to work on their “Drawing Merit Badge” requirements. They tried out Degas’s ideas of practice and process, stopping to draw each other at the ballet barre.

A member of Troup 4903 rapidly sketches Degas's sculpture. Photo: Ben Tollefson

Some of the girl scouts take time out from drawing to dance and be drawn. Photo: Ben Tollefson

After they stretched their imaginations in the galleries, the troop joined local artist Frank Wright for drawing lesson in the Phillips art workshop.

Local artist Frank Wright demonstrates drawing techniques for the scouts. Photo: Ben Tollefson

Troop 4903. Photo: Ben Tollefson

Suzanne Wright, Director of Education

19 Down: Subject of Dozens of Degas Paintings

January 26, 2012

(Left) New York Times Crossword, Sunday, January 22, 2012. (Right) Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, After the Bath, circa 1895. Pastel on paper, 30 1/2 x 33 1/8 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired 1949.

Here’s a clue if, like me, you’re still chipping away at the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.

A Rose is a Rose is a Conversation

January 25, 2012

Yesterday, blog photographers Kate Boone and Joshua Navarro paid a visit to new acquisition The Conversation (1995) by Linda Ridgway, currently on view in the Phillips house.

Linda Ridgway, The Conversation, 1995. Bronze, 71 x 1 3/4 x 25 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Gift of the Barrett Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, 2011. Photos: Joshua Navarro

Linda Ridgway's The Conversation in dialogue with Georgia O'Keeffe's From the White Place (1940). Photo: Kate Boone

The Nominees Are In!

January 24, 2012

And our friend The Artist has been nominated for 10 Oscars, including best picture, best actor and actress in a leading role, and best director. What do you think? Was this the best picture of the year?

Calendar Planning Outside the Lines

January 24, 2012

Photo: Rachel Goldberg

At our calendar planning meeting for education, we use color-coded post-it notes and paper to plan out our events. Everything from school programs, to teacher trainings, to gallery events finds a place on the wall. My colleague Rachel snapped a photo as I couldn’t help but pause and appreciate the colorfully ordered-chaos that we created for spring. It reminded me of the bars of color in Gene Davis’s Jasmine Jumper (1966).

Margaret Collerd, Teacher Programs and Outreach Coordinator