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The Phillips Collection Honors World Refugee Day June 20

June 17, 2019

The Phillips honors World Refugee Day with free admission to the museum and a sneak preview of The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement.


The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement presents 75 historical and contemporary artists—from the United States as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, UK, Vietnam, and more—whose work poses urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration and the current global refugee crisis.

Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River (Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco-Spain) Francis Alÿs 2008 (Photo by: The Phillips Collection) Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River (Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco-Spain) Francis Alÿs 2008

Through installations, videos, paintings, and documentary images, The Warmth of Other Suns  explores both real and imaginary geographies, reconstructing personal and collective tales of migration. Overlaying historical experiences of migration to and within the United States with the current plight of refugees around the world, the exhibition will bring together a multitude of voices and expose the universality of migration as an experience shared by many. The exhibition also focuses on how artists bear witness to both historical events and more subtle shifts in cultural landscapes.


Borrowing a line from author Richard Wright (1908–1960), and sharing its title with Isabel Wilkerson’s award-winning book on the Great Migration, The Warmth of Other Suns is anchored by an important reference to the decades-long exodus of over six million African-Americans from the brutality and discrimination that ruled the American South. Selections from Jacob Lawrence’s powerful Migration Series (1940-41), a cornerstone of The Phillips Collection, will be among the historical works featured in the show.


The Warmth of Other Suns is curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Natalie Bell in partnership with the New Museum, New York, and based on the exhibition The Restless Earth, which was shown at the Triennale in Milan in 2017.


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Chamber Music Concert at Dumbarton House May 14

April 24, 2019

Come to Dumbarton House on May 14, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm for a free concert.


On Tuesdays between September and June, the Friday Morning Music Club performs early 19th century music in the Belle Vue Room on the lower level (ADA-accessible). These extremely talented musicians will present a diverse collection of chamber music.


May 14th Program:

  • Bononcini: Idol Mio Tesoro (Cantata with flute). Marcello: Pecorelle Che Pascete (Cantata with flute). Marjorie Coombs Wellman, soprano; Carole Falvo, recorder; David Pearl, cello; Peggy Lacey Craig, harpsichord.
  • Mozart: Divertimento No. 1, K. 439b (anh. 229) in B-flat Major. Kenneth Latchis and Arnold Saslowsky (guest), clarinets; John Hoven, bassoon.
  • Crusell: Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 2, no. 1. Albert Hunt, clarinet; Eunju Kwak, violin; Bonnie Cohen, viola; Sarah Hover, cello.

Dumbarton House is located at 2715 Q Street in Georgetown.

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Georgetown University Votes on Slavery Reparations

April 11, 2019

News outlets around the country are reporting that Georgetown University’s undergraduates are voting this week on a referendum to increase tuition by $27.20 a semester to create a fund to benefit descendants of the 272 slaves sold to pay off the Georgetown Jesuit’s debt that saved the university. 

This week's vote follows several years of the university's ongoing process to acknowledge and respond to its historical ties to the institution of slavery.

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