Paint the Town: Free Weekend as Phillips Turns 90

A grand reopening and weekend of free festivities kick off 2011 to mark the milestone.
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Guests can enjoy a free weekend on January 15th and 16th as The Phillips Collection reaches 90 years. Image courtesy of Max Hirshfeld.

Guests can enjoy a free weekend on January 15th and 16th as The Phillips Collection reaches 90 years. Image courtesy of Max Hirshfeld.

The Phillips Collection celebrates 90 years since Duncan Phillips opened its doors and begins with a free weekend for art patrons on January 15th and 16th to the original Phillips house which has been newly renovated.  During this weekend there will also be birthday inspired cake designs inspired by Phillips works from some of ’s favorite pastry chefs including (Restaurant Eve), (ThinkFoodGroup), (Blue Duck Tavern), (Cake Love), (701) and (Equinox).  Visitors can donate $1 and vote for the top design which will support Phillips educational programs.  The museum’s cafe will continue the celebration by FoodArts, where visitors 21 and over will enjoy complimentary champagne.  Visitors can enjoy free tours and “relay talks” spotlighting 90 works of art as well as art-related films and the final weekend of the Side by Side: Oberlin’s Masterworks at the Phillips exhibition.  The anniversary will continued to be honored throughout the year with featured installations and masterworks that include the upcoming:

90 Years of New: Anniversary Reading Room (Jan. 8-Dec 31, 2011)
90 Years of New: ’s As Time Goes By (Jan. 8-May 8, 2011)
90 Year of New: (Jan. 29-April 24, 2011)

Additional installations on the schedule can be found here.  Many of the programs will look back to the many “firsts” of the collections as well as debut The Phillips Collection’s new acquisitions in innovative, contemporary art which is central to the museum since its inception in 1921.  The year will close with a birthday bash on November 5, 2011.

Front house view of The Phillips Collection located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Image courtesy of The Phillips Collection.

Front house view of The Phillips Collection located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Image courtesy of The Phillips Collection.

Work by Sir Howard Hodgkin, As Time Goes By. Image courtesy of The Phillips Collection.

Work by Sir Howard Hodgkin, As Time Goes By. Image courtesy of The Phillips Collection.

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