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100 Stories, 100 Years

We asked 100 Phillips friends to share a snapshot of a significant Phillips experience with us.

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Our Logo Reimagined

We asked 12 local artists to reimagine the Phillips’s centennial logo in their own style.

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Centennial Exhibitions

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Community in Focus

December 29, 2020–February 9, 2021

Everyone—no matter your skill level—was invited to submit a photo that captures a piece of your 2020. Community in Focus aims to put together a collective portrait filled with bravery, humor, sadness, creativity, and kindness—human emotions that connect us all. We are all in this together.

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A collage of bright, colorful papers in a variety of shapes by Sam Gilliam

Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century

March 6September 12, 2021

Duncan Phillips believed in the power of art to inspire others to “see beautifully as true artists see.” The centerpiece of the museum’s centennial year, Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century provides a multiplicity of fresh perspectives on over 200 major works by artists from the 19th century to the present. 

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Rendering of installation by Marley Dawson of hanging gold chairs

Intersections—Marley Dawson: ghosts

May 20–September 5, 2021

Dawson reimagines the history of the museum in the present, riffing on the Phillips’s architecture and furniture, as well as Morris Louis’s Number 182 to create a hanging installation and wall mounted sculpture that plays on the idea of (im)materiality.

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Inside Outside, Upside Down

July 17September 12, 2021

The Phillips Collection has a long history of presenting, acquiring, and nurturing our local artistic community. The Phillips will continue this important legacy by presenting a juried exhibition open to artists of the greater DC region. Drawing on the theme Inside Outside, Upside Down, artists will be invited to submit recent work that speaks to the struggle and resiliency of the human spirit.

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Jacob Lawrence, Struggle … From the History of the American People

Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle

June 26September 19, 2021

Jacob Lawrence was one of the greatest narrative artists of the 20th century. His revolutionary, yet little-known, 30-panel series Struggle…From the History of the American People, painted between 1954 and 1956, invited a new way of chronicling erased histories about America’s founding. 

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Orpheus by Sanford Biggers

Intersections—Sanford Biggers: Mosaic

October 16, 2021–January 2, 2022

Biggers’s new body of work will connects works from the Phillips’s collectionquilts from Gee’s Bend and European modernist sculpturesto his multidisciplinary practice that bridges African American identities, Buddhism, and the Western art canon and raises social issues.

Woman with Flowers painting by David Driskell

David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History

October 16, 2021–January 9, 2022

David Driskell: Icons of Nature and Historyoffers the first retrospective of the paintings, prints, and drawings of the late internationally acclaimed American artist, art historian, and educator, who was also a beloved friend of The Phillips Collection and leader of the DC artistic community. 

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Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful

October 30, 2021–January 23, 2022

Everything Is Beautiful traces Thomas’s journey from semi-rural Georgia to Washington, DC, to international acclaim and demonstrates how artist’s dynamic long life and multifaceted career was defined by constant creativity.

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Duncan Phillips Lectures

Stay tuned for our final Duncan Phillips Lecture on January 27, 2022, with Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander

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Phillips Music 2021/22 Season

Our celebration of the 81th season of Sunday Concerts includes commissions inspired by our collection.

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Centennial Campaign

Help enhance the museum and provide an endowment base that will allow the museum to thrive for another 100 years

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