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Intersections: Barbara Liotta



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Barbara Liotta on Icarus


Barbara Liotta lives and works in Washington, D.C. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied composition and choreography with Bessie Schönberg, a legendary teacher of modern dance. Liotta’s work has been shown at the Organization of American States and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Recent exhibitions in Washington, D.C., that have featured her work include Architecture/Sculpture and Multiplicitocracy at American University’s Katzen Art Center, Collectors Select at Arlington Art Center, Idylls, at the World Bank, and installations at Reyes + Davis. Her work is in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Heather and Tony Podesta, and Susan and Dixon Butler. Through the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies program, Liotta’s work is also in the U.S. embassies in Albania, Ethiopia, Greece, and Kosovo.


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Intersections is a series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises.

Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum’s galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations. 

Intersections is supported by Phillips International Forum members.