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      February 29, 2020 - May 24, 2020


      1600 21st Street Northwest
      Washington, District of Columbia 20009

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      Riffs and Relations

      Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition presents works by African American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries together with examples by the early 20th century European artists with whom they engaged. This exhibition explores the connections and frictions around modernism in the work of artists such as Romare Bearden, Robert Colescott, Renee Cox, Wassily Kandinsky, Norman Lewis, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Faith Ringgold, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. European modernist art has been an important, yet complicated influence on black artists for more than a century. The powerful push and pull of this relationship constitutes a distinct tradition for many African American artists who have mined the narratives of art history, whether to find inspiration, mount a critique, or claim their own space. Riffs and Relations examines these cross-cultural conversations and presents the divergent works that reflect these complex dialogues.

      Exhibition catalogue
      Available in the Museum Shop

      Beautifully illustrated Riffs and Relations catalogue written by Adrienne L. Childs, with contributions by Valerie Cassel Oliver and Renee Maurer, foreword by Dorothy Kosinski, and statements from many of the artists featured in the exhibition.

      Gallery Talks and Tours
      Included with exhibition admission

      SUNDAYS, 1 PM
      45-min. introduction to Riffs and Relations

      THURSDAYS, 6 & 7 PM (excluding Phillips after 5 days)
      15-min. Spotlight Talk on one work of art in Riffs and Relations

      The exhibition is organized by The Phillips Collection with guest curator Dr. Adrienne L. Childs.

      With lead support provided by The Frauke and Willem de Looper Charitable Fund, Altria Group, and The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts.

      Brought to you by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Robert Lehman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Eric Richter and Charles Shoener, Amanda and Earl W. Stafford, and George Vradenburg and the Vradenburg Foundation.

      In-kind contributions provided by

      Mequitta Ahuja
      Charles Alston
      Emma Amos
      Romare Bearden
      Sanford Biggers
      Georges Braque
      Moe Brooker
      Henri Cartier-Bresson
      Elizabeth Catlett
      Barbara Chase-Riboud
      Robert Colescott
      Harold Cousins
      Renee Cox
      Beauford Delaney
      Aaron Douglas
      Leonardo Drew
      David C. Driskell
      John Edmonds
      Ellen Gallager
      Felrath Hines
      Ayana V. Jackson
      Jennie C. Jones
      Loïs Mailou Jones
      William H. Johnson
      Wassily Kandisky
      Titus Kaphar
      Wifredo Lam
      Jacob Lawrence
      Norman Lewis
      Henri Matisse
      Sam Middleton
      Piet Mondrian
      Claude Monet
      Wangechi Mutu
      Pablo Picasso
      Janet Taylor Pickett
      Martin Puryear
      Winold Reiss
      Faith Ringgold
      Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
      Chaim Soutine
      Frank Stewart
      Henry Ossawa Tanner
      Alma Thomas
      Hank Willis Thomas
      Mickalene Thomas
      Bob Thompson
      Maurice Utrillo
      Vincent van Gogh
      Carrie Mae Weems
      James Lesesne Wells
      Hale Woodruff
      Ossip Zadkine

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