The Warmth of Other Suns

Stories of Global Displacement

June 22 - September 22, 2019

The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement will be open to visitors for extended hours on Friday, September 6, 13, and 20 from 5-8:30 pm.

This D.C. exhibition should be seen by everyone concerned about the migrant crisis.—The Washington Post

The Museum is the Refugee’s Home. Without exiles and émigrés there is no modern culture. A new show in Washington maps a century of art and displacement.—The New York Times

Turning away is what we do now—from the terrible realities of this global displacement we're living through. Far from our shores and right on our borders, art like this . . . can turn us back.—NPR

The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement presents 75 historical and contemporary artists—from the United States as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, UK, Vietnam, and more—whose work poses urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration and the current global refugee crisis.

Through installations, videos, paintings, and documentary images, The Warmth of Other Suns  explores both real and imaginary geographies, reconstructing personal and collective tales of migration. Overlaying historical experiences of migration to and within the United States with the current plight of refugees around the world, the exhibition brings together a multitude of voices and exposes the universality of migration as an experience shared by many. The exhibition also focuses on how artists bear witness to both historical events and more subtle shifts in cultural landscapes.

Borrowing a line from author Richard Wright (1908–1960), and sharing its title with Isabel Wilkerson’s award-winning book on the Great Migration, The Warmth of Other Suns is anchored by an important reference to the decades-long exodus of over six million African Americans from the brutality and discrimination that ruled the American South. Selections from Jacob Lawrence’s powerful Migration Series (1940-41), a cornerstone of The Phillips Collection, will be among the historical works featured in the show.

The Warmth of Other Suns is curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Natalie Bell in partnership with the New Museum, New York, and based on the exhibition The Restless Earth, which was shown at the Triennale in Milan in 2017.


Join us for exhibition overviews with Phillips educators
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 am: 15-min. introduction to the exhibition
Sunday, 1 pm: 45-60 min. introduction to the exhibition and spotlight on two to three artworks
Thursdays, 6 & 7 pm: 45-60 min. introduction to the exhibition and spotlight on two to three artworks


The exhibition is organized by The Phillips Collection in partnership with the New Museum in New York.

Generous support provided by Betsy Williams and Tom Moore, George Vradenburg and The Vradenburg Foundation, The Marion F. Goldin Charitable Fund, Lindsay and Henry Ellenbogen, Robert Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, Carolyn S. Alper, Mirella and Dani Levinas, and Toni and Ron Paul.

With funding provided by Beatriz Margarita Bolton, Susan and Dixon Butler, The Paula Ballo Dailey Memorial Fund, Carol Brown Goldberg and Henry H. Goldberg, Bonnie and Harold Himmelman, Joe and Lynne Horning, Micheline Klagsbrun and Ken Grossinger and The CrossCurrents Foundation, Howard and Stephanie Krass, The Estate of Jack Rachlin, Eric Richter, Alan and Irene Wurtzel, and Judy and Leo Zickler.

Additional support provided by Nancy and Charles Clarvit, Barbara and Bob Hall, Scott Spector and Sandra Masur, A. Fenner Milton, Alice Phillips Swistel and Daniel Swistel, and Tom and Claudia Henteleff.

All the world contributes to our spiritual and creative resources since all the world is contained in our United States.—Duncan Phillips, 1944

In the spirit of museum founder Duncan Phillips, The Phillips Collection values the diversity of our country. Here are some organizations actively involved in supporting immigrant and refugee communities around the world.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
American Immigration Council
International Rescue Committee
Migration Policy Institute
National Immigration Law Center 
Pew Research Center
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)
Refugee Council USA
Refugees International
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Capital Area Immigrants Rights (CAIR) Coalition
Dream Project, Inc.
Just Neighbors Ministry
Legal Aid Justice Center
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area
Spanish Catholic Center

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Adel Abdessemed                                                       

Chantal Akerman 

John Akomfrah

Paweł Althamer

Francis Alÿs

El Anatsui

Benny Andrews

Guillermo Arias                                                            

Siah Armajani

Kader Attia

Yto Barrada

Hannelore Baron

John Berger and Jean Mohr

Alighiero Boetti

Anna Boghiguian                                                        

Andrea Bowers

Frank Bowling

Tania Bruguera

Beverly Buchanan          

Vija Celmins  

Phil Collins  
Honoré Daumier             

Jack Delano

La Domenica del Corriere                       

Meschac Gaba

Guillermo Galindo                                                     

Yun Gee

Arshile Gorky

Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian

Zarina Hashmi

Mona Hatoum

Lewis Wickes Hine                      

Khaled Jarrar

Hiwa K                                                                           

Yasmine Kabir

Šejla Kamerić

Yasuo Kuniyoshi           

Runo Lagomarsino

Dorothea Lange

Jacob Lawrence      

Zoe Leonard

Glenn Ligon                                                                    

Liu Xiaodong

John Moore          

Paulo Nazareth

Giusi Nicolini

Aliza Nisenbaum     

Lydia Ourahmane

Erkan Özgen     

Adrian Paci    

Marwan Rechmaoui

Diego Rivera 

Mark Rothko                                                                           

Cameron Rowland 

Griselda San Martin                                          

Hrair Sarkissian

William Edouard Scott                                              

Augustus Sherman                                     

Xaviera Simmons

Bosco Sodi                                         

Mounira Al Solh                                             

John Sonsini    

Alfred Stieglitz                                              

Hamid Sulaiman                                         

Mario Tama                                                

Pascale Marthine Tayou

Wolfgang Tillmans        

Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương

Undocumented Migration Project

Andra Ursuţa                                                                            

Rodrigo Valenzuela                                        

Danh Vō     
Nari Ward   
Henk Wildschut