I've been to my fair share of Smithsonian museums, but the Phillips Collection is one I have not had a chance to visit so I'm glad I had a chance to go this past weekend. If you're not familiar with this exhibit, it's America's first museum of modern art.
What really stands out to me about this museum is that it doesn't have the standard museum-esque vibes. Each room I walk into feels like you're entering someone's bedroom. As I was doing some research, I found out it was actually a home to the Phillips in the early 1900's- go figure!
This museum is famous for housing the Luncheon of the Boating Party painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. I actually had a picture of this painting in my house growing up, so I recognized it at once. What I didn't know is that the identity of everyone in the painting is documented. A restaurant owner, artist, actress, collector- who would've guessed?!
The current exhibition at the museum is "Marking the Infinite," Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia. It was interesting to see how experiences, memories and words can be portrayed differently. How we see a symbol or picture can be different than someone who lived in a different place or era.
I highly recommend you check this museum out if you haven't done so already.