Art Affair in Washington DC

Art Affair in Washington DC
The museum was shut since March in the wake of the pandemic, Photo Credit: EQRoy /

The Phillips Collection opens its doors today for the public

OT Staff
October 15 , 2020
03 Min Read

After being temporarily shut since mid-March owing to the coronavirus, the Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, reopens its doors for visitors today.

As a response to COVID-19, the museum now has new safety measures in place in accordance with the latest health guidelines.

The museum's distinctive building combines extensive new galleries with the former home of its founder, Duncan Phillips, and one of the world’s most distinguished Impressionist and American modern art collections. 

Currently, the museum’s Goh Annex and Sant Building will be open Thursdays-Sundays, from 11 am to 6 pm, starting October 8 for members and community partners and October 15 for the public. All visitors can avail the tickets for the same on the Monday prior. Visitors will also be required to reserve a timed ticket and abide by safety guidelines. 

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The Phillips Collection is reopening to the public! Tickets are now available to reserve a time to see some of your old favorites and discover new ones. Visit the link in our bio for the specifics regarding timed ticketing and our enhanced safety measures. Currently, only the galleries located in the Goh Annex and Sant Buildings are open. Tickets include: ðŸ–ÂÂŒï¸ÂRiffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition (through January 3, 2021) 🖼ï¸ÂMoira Dryer: Back in Business (through December 13, 2020) ðŸ¥ÂHopper in Paris: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art (through January 10, 2021) ðŸÂÂŽ¨Selections from our permanent collection including the Rothko Room, Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party, and Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

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While the museum shop will be open, the Phillips House galleries as well as Tryst as the Phillips café will remain closed. Additionally, the museum will continue to monitor Centre for Disease Control and District of Columbia guidelines in order to assess and update visitor hours and protocols. 

The current selections on display include early works of Moira Dryer featuring 22 of her textured and colour saturated paintings and sculptures; Riffs and Relations which expands the narrative of modern art in America; 13 paintings by Edward Hopper exclusively loaned from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and including a special installation on the outside of the museum by Jenny Holzer, celebrating women artists in honour of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

Additionally, the permanent collection includes The Rothko Room, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party, selections from Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, amid others.

Founded in 1921, the non-government museum continues to add important contemporary voices to its collection. Although the museum is reopening in phases, it will continue to present its digital offerings along with all public programmes being virtual.

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