The exhibition “Man Ray—Human Equations” opened at the Phillips Collection with a private reception.
By Erica Moody
Art lovers and benefactors gathered at the Phillips Collection earlier this week to preview the exhibition, “Man Ray — Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare.”
The renowned Surrealist and Dadaist visual artist’s paintings from his collection “Shakespearean Equations” are displayed for the first time with the original mathematical models that inspired both the series and Ray’s photographs of the objects.
The exhibition also features five photographs and three sculptures by Japanese contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, whose photographs of 19th-century mathematical plaster models were inspired by Man Ray.
In addition to viewing the art, guests were invited to explore Man Ray’s artistic process by making our own photographs of mathematical models and utilizing Instagram to add artistic effects, with “InstaManRay.”
Among those in attendance were: Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, District Councilmember David Grosso, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Commissioner MaryAnn Miller, Carol Brown Goldberg, Trish Vradenburg, Roz Jacobs, Peggy Jacobs Bader, Wendy Grossman, Mark Green, Florence Fasanelli, Loretta Downey, Jessica Marventano and John Greathouse.
“Man Ray-Human Equations” opens to the public on Saturday, Feb.7 and runs through May 10, 2015.