For the third year in a row, the Phillips Collection is cramming five Thursdays of Phillips After 5 into a month’s time. Each evening is jam-packed with entertainment, food, drinks and gallery talks focusing on the museum’s Wassily Kandinsky and Frank Stella exhibits. This year’s lineup includes food trucks, a performance by Step Afrika! and chair yoga. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and free for age 18 and younger. The Phillips is hosting an online photo contest, and each week’s winner gets free admission and two free drink tickets. For more information, visit www.phillipscollection.org/phillipsafter5 or call 202-387-2151. Parties run from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
At the first of this month’s Phillips After 5 events, take a chair yoga class with Kimberly Wilson of Tranquil Space studio surrounded by works by abstract expressionists such as Willem de Kooning and Dorothy Dehner. Taste a selection of teas, and, at 6 and 7 p.m., learn about Kandinsky’s ability to hear colors and see sounds, a condition called synesthesia, which influenced many of his works. Visitors can also see an outdoor installation, Will Ryman’s “The Roses,” on its opening day.
The second event looks at the museum’s exhibits on Kandinsky and artist Pierre Bonnard. At 6:30 p.m., sound and installation artist Richard Chartier and curator Elsa Smithgall will discuss the role of sound and music in Kandinsky’s art. Talks at 6 and 7 p.m. will focus on how Bonnard drew inspiration from wide-open landscapes, rather than urban scenes, later in his career. FreshFarm markets will provide snacks, and Dupont Circle fresh yogurt purveyor Yola will offer tastings of its locally sourced products.
This year, acclaimed step-dance company Step Afrika! began a collaboration with the Phillips Collection to create a piece inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series.” The 60 famous paintings, half of which are owned by the museum, depict the exodus of African Americans from the South in the early 20th century. The group performs at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Room 11’s Dan Searing, who recently wrote a book of punch recipes, will lead a rum tasting from 5 to 8:15 p.m.
The Phillips partners with neighbor Hillyer Art Space to provide twice the art at one low cost. The price of admission includes free access to Hillyer from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and an art scavenger hunt will have guests scouring the walls of both sites. If you choose to stick around the Phillips, check out Mark Merella’s Latin jazz in the music room from 5 to 8:15 p.m. or buy food from one of several food trucks, including Curbside Cupcakes, Carnivore BBQ, Red Hook Lobster Pound, DC Empanadas and Ficelle.
The final weekly Phillips After 5 events is one of the last chances to see the Kandinsky exhibit, which closes Sept. 4. The evening has a Russian theme to celebrate the birthplace of the artist. Gallery talks at 6 and 7 p.m. will focus on how Kandinsky’s travels in Moscow emerged through his art, and there will be Russian food and beverages. In addition, if you missed seeing the Oscar-nominated animated shorts during Academy Award season, you can catch a screening of five of the films, as well as two other animated shorts.