The Phillips Collection is an exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art in a dynamic environment for collaboration, innovation, engagement with the world, scholarship, and new forms of public participation.
On Thursday, June 20th, The Phillips Collection will offer free entry to the public during the hours of 10:00am-8:30pm in celebration of World Refugee Day to view the exhibition and hear from By The People artist and musician, Kokayi.
Exhibition on view: 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. 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.
Further enhance your exhibition experience by joining Halcyon Arts Lab fellow and By The People artist, Kokayi, for his artist talk and presentation of his current work; HUBRI$, a mixed media portrait on the experience of black masculinity mediated through the lens of the story of Icarus and Daedalus. The story of Icarus and Daedalus is a metaphor for those that seek refuge from persecution and oppression in their home country. Icarus and Daedalus were captives of King Minos and after deciding to escape imprisonment they were to find refuge in a foreign land. After Icarus' death, Daedalus eventually finds asylum and protection in Sicily under King Cocalus, with Minos pursuing Daedalus after his escape and devising a plan to recapture him or have him deported back to Crete and King Minos.
At its nexus, HUBRI$ is an amalgamation of themes that directly confront; the prison industrial complex, escapism, recidivism, depression, suicide, death and reincarnation. The work also examines society’s obsession with mediocrity, relationship to celebrity, an era of shame and the way in which black men are asked to dream. HUBIR$ will be on view at Union Market