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Seeing Differently

The Phillips Collects for a New Century

Centennial Exhibition

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Drawn from its growing collection of nearly 6,000 works, Seeing Differently will highlight over 200 works by artists from the 19th century to the present, including paintings, works on paper, prints, photographs, sculptures, quilts, and videos. Spread throughout the entire museum, the exhibition will explore the complexities of our ever-changing world through themes of identity, history, place, and the senses.

Seeing Differently marks the first major celebration of the museum’s permanent collection in over 10 years. Guided by Duncan Phillips’s belief in the universal language of art as a unifying force for social change, the exhibition will present dynamic, engaging juxtapositions that connect artists past and present across national, racial, and gender lines.

Seeing Differently is accompanied by a major exhibition catalogue (The Phillips Collection in association with Giles, 2021) and a multitude of interdisciplinary programs.


Exhibition Support

Seeing Differently: The Philips Collects for a New Century is organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.

The exhibition and its publication are generously supported by a lead gift from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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With significant contributions from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Ednah Root Foundation, the Frauke de Looper Trust, and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Family Foundation

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Made possible by The Phillips Collection’s Exhibitions Endowment Fund, which is generously supported by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Robert and Debra Drumheller, and The Marion F. Goldin Charitable Fund

In-kind contributions provided by

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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