Featuring dynamic work across media by 64 artists of the greater DC region, this juried invitational celebrates The Phillips Collection’s 100th anniversary, building on the legacy of founder Duncan Phillips and his commitment to presenting, acquiring, and promoting the work of artists of the greater DC region.
Inside Outside, Upside Down offers a slice of the turbulent past year, one that left us confused, battered, and disoriented. Out of the palpable thoughts and feelings expressed in the works on view, five themes emerged: “Innocence Interrupted” recognizes the young children and young adults whose lives were upended by the constant fear and uncertainty brought on by so much violence and death; “Days of Reckoning and the Right to ‘Be’” speaks to the forced realization that our country is at a major crossroads, as many long-established societal systems have become increasingly out of touch, obsolete, and even detrimental to a population whose needs are constantly evolving; “Bearing Witness” represents the artists who document the times in which they live, making sure that we record, reflect, and remember; “Introspection and Reflection” examines what happens when Washington, DC, is forced to come to a standstill, with some of us sitting quietly with ourselves, while others had to confront the dynamics of their relationships; and “Hope and Healing” illustrates how art has the ability to help us process and heal in times of pain and great loss, allowing us to celebrate the simple joys in life.
Taken together, the works in this exhibition affirm the human need to make sense of traumatic experiences and ultimately transcend them, either by creating from that place or in spite of it. In this way, these works offer a collective call for healing. They invite us to appreciate the beauty in the world around us, find comfort in our family and friends, and unearth the things that are revealed to each of us when life requires us to sit still with ourselves.
- Cathy Abramson
Sandra Chen Weinstein
Jean Jinho Kim
Marta Pérez García
Nicolas F. Shi
Richard L. Williams Jr.
Take a 360-degree tour of the exhibition
- Phil Hutinet, Founding Publisher of East City Art
- Abigail McEwen, Associate Professor of Latin American Art, University of Maryland
- Elsa Smithgall, Senior Curator, The Phillips Collection
- Renée Stout, DC-based Artist
Renée Stout is an internationally renowned artist who has been based in Washington, DC, since 1985. Originally trained as a painter with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Stout currently works across a variety of media, including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and installation. She is the recipient of many awards, including an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award and the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award.
IMAGES CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:1. Kim Llerena, Stonewall Jackson (dismantled), Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia, 2020, Archival pigment print, 20 x 16 in., Courtesy of the artist; 2. Desmond Beach, #SayTheirNames 2, 2021, Fabric and paper, 25 x 21 1/2 in., Courtesy of the artist; 3. Joseph Shetler, Untitled (quiet in the city), 2020, Mixed acrylic ground, graphite powder, marble dust, and silverpoint on panel, 48 x 32 x 2 in., Courtesy of the artist; 4: Kristina Penhoet, How Many More?, 2020, Fiber, dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist; 5. Nicolas Shi, I Am Not A Virus, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 x 1 1/2 in., Courtesy of the artist; 6. Carol Antezana, Las Gingas, 2021, Digital photographic print, 20 x 16 in., Courtesy of the artist
Inside Outside, Upside Down is organized by The Phillips Collection.
This juried invitational is part of the museum’s centennial exhibition, Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century. As such we recognize the following sponsors.
The exhibition is generously supported by a lead gift from the Henry Luce Foundation.
With significant contributions from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Charles McKittrick, Jr., 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
Made possible by the Carolyn Alper Fund for Contemporary Art and The Phillips Collection’s Exhibitions Endowment Fund, which is generously supported by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Michelle and Glenn Engelmann, Robert and Debra Drumheller, and The Marion F. Goldin Charitable Fund
Special thanks to our key academic partner, University of Maryland, a global leader in research, entrepreneurship, and innovation
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In-kind contributions provided by
The wall colors in this exhibition: Cabbage White (No. 269), Down Pipe (No. 26), Inchyra Blue (No. 289), Railings (No. 31)