“Seeing the world differently and reimagining tomorrow” was the theme for the Phillips Collection’s Gala held on April 29th at the Washington National Cathedral, designed to honor a century of leadership in the art and museum world. Founded by Duncan and Eliza Phillips in 1922, the Phillips Collection is located in DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood and highlights from the collection include the largest collection of Bonnards in North America, as well as notable works by Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko, as well as contemporary artists like Wolfgang Laib, Nekisha Durrett, and Desmond Beach.
The event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the beloved institution emphasized unique perspectives to honor those who have supported the continuous growth of the museum. Those recognized that night represented the founders’ dreams of seeing art, old and new, on the same spectrum of beauty and uniqueness. As the first event many have attended since the beginning of social distancing two years ago, individuals appreciated a reason to dress up and socialize. Glamorous dresses, bow ties, jackets, and personalities filled the cathedral.
From music to attire, the occasion was a reminder of why self-expression holds such importance. As fashion has become a more appreciated form of individuality it utilizes the narratives of many. Having found new ways to integrate heirlooms into their wardrobes, guests ensured their ancestors’ stories will live on for generations to come. The museum’s emphasis on combining old and new has encouraged its supporters to do the same. Shown through these sentimental items, our ancestors’ history intertwined with our own demonstrates the significance of the Phillips’ vision.