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Intersections: Arlene Shechet

Arts & Theater

New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. From Here On Now at the Phillips is both a poetic beckoning and a description of the literal. The exhibition's title also tweaks the familiar phrase "from here on out" to bring attention to the present and as a reminder that the future is an abstraction.

For this installation, Shechet's sculptures in ceramic, porcelain, and paper are exhibited across five galleries on two different floors of the museum, extending from the original house to the annex. It includes six recently conserved paintings by Forrest Bess, received as a gift from Miriam Schapiro Grosof in 2014, and on view at the Phillips for the first time.

A conversation between the artist and Klaus Ottmann will take place on November 3 at 4 pm in the galleries.


Intersections is a series of contemporary art projects that explores-as the title suggests-the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises.

Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum's galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations.

Intersections is presented by

Additional support is provided by Phillips Collectors Forum members.

October 20, 2016
May 07, 2017
The Phillips Collection 1600 21st Street Northwest Washington, District of Columbia 20009 United States
Event Type:
Arts & Theater
Ticket Price:
Included in museum admission; free for members


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