Editors' pick

Phillips Collection

Art Museum
Phillips Collection photo
(The Rothko Room/Copyright Robert C. Lautman)

Kristin Lee

For her Phillips debut the Korean-American violinist performs works by Beethoven, Ravel, Copland and Webern with pianist Michael Mizrahi.
Through 5/10

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models

An exhibition featuring six photos and three sculptures by Sugimoto, who was inspired by artist Man Ray's 1930s photographs of mathematical models.
Through 5/10

Man Ray -- Human Equations: A Journey From Mathematics to Shakespeare

An exhibition of more than 100 pieces by Man Ray. Featured works include mathematical models he created in Paris in 1930s, photographs of the objects and his "Shakespearean Equations."

Nicolas Altstaedt

Joined by Argentinian pianist Jose Gallardo, The German cellist performs Heinz Holliger's Robert Schumann tribute, "Romancendres."

Alexander Schimpf

For his Washington debut, the pianist performs works by Scriabin, Beethoven and Brahms.

The Phillips Camerata

The ensemble closes out the Phillips Collection's 2014-2015 season.
Through 5/31

O'Keeffe and Friends: Dialogues With Nature

This exhibition features Georgia O'Keeffe's "Jack-in-the-Pulpit IV" (1930) and "No. VI" (1930) as well as works by Alvin Langdon Coburn, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and John Marin.
Through 5/31

O'Keeffe and Friends: Dialogues With Nature

An exhibition of works by Georgia O'Keeffe from the 1900s to the 1940s.
Through 8/9

Jacob Lawrence: Struggle...From the History of the American People

This series of works by Lawrence depict scenes from the Revolutionary War through the great westward expansion of 1817.
Through 8/31

The Journals of Duncan Phillips

Three decades' worth of the museum founder's journals are displayed.

Editorial Review

‘Vocal Colors’ a welcome summer concert at the Phillips Collection

Four in Wolf Trap Opera Company’s summer residency program offer a deftly sung, charming performance.

A Note About Admission: Museum admission prices vary throughout the year. The permanent collection is open to the public for free Tuesdays through Fridays (donations are welcome). On weekends, the fee is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and free for ages 18 and younger -- unless there is a special exhibition on view. In that case, visitors pay the special exhibition fees, which can vary, but are generally $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and free for ages 18 and younger.

The Buzz: America's first modern art museum was born in 1921 when prolific collector Duncan Phillips opened his home and personal art collection to the public. Today, selections from the permanent collection are still on view in Phillips' Dupont Circle brownstone. In April 2006, the museum celebrated the opening of a new wing with more exhibition space and new amenities for visitors and scholars.

The Collections: A list of artists represented in the Phillips Collection reads like a who's who of modern art. Among the nearly 2,500 pieces in the permanent collection are works by van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Cezanne, El Greco, Picasso, Matisse, Klee and O'Keeffe. Auguste Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party," a jolly impressionist canvas, is the museum's signature piece. The museum also exhibits four large-scale Mark Rothko works in an intimate gallery known as the Rothko Room.

Programs: One Thursday every month, the museum stays open until 8:30 p.m. for Phillips After 5, after-hours events that feature gallery talks with curators and other scholars. The museum offers introductory talks that acquaint visitors with the permanent collection on Saturday mornings at noon and lectures about the museum's special exhibition on Sunday at noon. From October to May, the museum hosts Sunday concerts at 4 p.m.

Extras: In addition to a cafe and gift shop, the museum also has a 180-seat auditorium, art activity room, conservation studio, outdoor courtyard and a library for scholars.

--Julia Beizer (July 10, 2007)