In the late 1940s, Man Ray created Shakespearean Equations, the culmination of years of work across media inspired by photographs of mathematical models. The artist's inquisitive spirit and mastery of transforming three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional imagery is revealed in this exploration of the intersections of art and science.
This is the first exhibition to contrast Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photographs of 19th-century mathematical plaster models inspired by Man Ray with his own mathematical models crafted with computer-controlled, precision milling machines.
Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler have been working collaboratively in video, photography, and sculpture since 1990. Their work invites suggestive, open-ended reflections on memory, place, and cinema.
Soprano Colleen Daly, Winner of Vocal Arts DC’s 2014 Discovery Competition, presents and narrates a program, in partnership with pianist Joy Schreier, of music inspired by artworks on display at the museum.
Named after the illustrious Orford String Quartet who toured the world for 40 years, the New Orford String Quartet carries the same artistic excellence and integrity into today’s concert circuit. They perform quartets by Haydn and Beethoven, as well as a new String Quartet by Canadian composer Tim Brady.
An imaginative and electrifying performer, Chinese pianist Zhang Zuo makes her Washington, DC, debut at the Phillips performing Bach’s Partita No. 5 in G Major, the characterful Carnival Scenes from Vienna by Schumann, and La Valse by Ravel.
A period instrument quartet known for their exploration of rare and forgotten scores, the Cambini-Paris Quartet presents the music of Hyacinthe Jadin, Félicien David, two 19th-century French composers who remain virtually unknown outside of France.
German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is a versatile musician whose penetrating insights into new music led him to give the German premiere of Nico Muhly’s Cello Concerto in February 2014. He is joined by Argentinian pianist José Gallardo.
Well known for his intelligent programming and ability to find uniting strands between contrasting repertoire, pianist Alexander Schimpf makes his Washington, DC, debut with works by Brahms, Scriabin, and Beethoven.
Featuring more than 100 photographs from the Phillips’s permanent collection, this exhibition explores how 20th-century photographers captured the immediate and the transitory, distilling key narratives into evocative images of the American experience.
From the renowned collections of Rudolf Staechelin and Karl Im Obersteg, over 60 celebrated paintings created during the mid-19th and 20th centuries by 22 world-famous artists will be on view. This exhibition marks the first occasion for these collections to be exhibited together in the US.