The Phillips Collection: Art as Experience

A four-part course connected to All-Stars: American Artists from The Phillips Collection
Painting of a black woman outline in white wearing white makeup and an elaborate headdress

Janet Taylor Pickett, And She was Born, 2017. Acrylic on canvas with printed paper collage; 30 in. x 30 in. The Phillips Collection: The Dreier Fund for Acquisitions, 2020. © Janet Taylor Pickett, courtesy Jennifer Baahng Gallery

About the Course

American collector Duncan Phillips saw art as a vital source of healing, joy, and spiritual nourishment. In The Phillips Collection: Art as Experience, learn about his unique collecting philosophy, experience celebrated artworks on view in All-Stars: American Artists from The Phillips Collection, and discover how artists have explored important issues and what connects us as humans.

All Stars: American Artists from The Phillips Collection is a traveling ticketed exhibition on view November 12, 2023, through March 3, 2024.

Family having an argument at the dinner table while two young kids are seated and watching

Aaron Maier-Carretero, not in front of the kids, 2020. Oil on canvas; 55 in. x 72 in. The Phillips Collection: The Dreier Fund for Acquisitions, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Pricing and Registration

The Phillips Collection: Art as Experience is a four-part course. Sign up for courses individually or all four as a package. Pricing is as follows:

  • Tickets for Non-Members are $25 for each course or $95 for all four courses
  • Tickets for Members are $20 for each course or $75 for all four courses
  • Tickets for Museum Friends are $15 for each course or $55 for all four courses
  • Tickets are Students are free (with valid student ID)

Tickets are available to purchase for the full 4-part course (virtually for the first lecture and in-person for the following lectures or virtually for all four lectures).

Black and white old photograph of art collectors Marjorie and Duncan Phillips sitting on a couch

Marjorie and Duncan Phillips in the Main Gallery of The Phillips Collection, photograph by Clara E. Sipprel, ca. 1922.

The Quest for the Best of American Art: Duncan Phillips and The Phillips Collection

Saturday, November 11, 2023, 2–3:15 pm

In this introductory lecture, Susan Behrends Frank, Curator at The Phillips Collection, will reveal many of the backstories about the American art collection that has been a centerpiece of this Washington, D.C., museum since it opened to the public in 1921.

Abstract painting of the night sky with a bright yellow moon in the center

Arthur G. Dove, Me and the Moon, 1937. Wax emulsion on canvas; 18 x 26 in. The Phillips Collection: Acquired 1939

Painting the Absolute: Music as a Model for Painting

Saturday, December 16, 2023, 2–3:15 pm

In this lecture, join Jeremy Ney, Senior Director of Phillips Music at The Phillips Collection, to learn about the rich history of association between music and painting, and how the idea of union between the arts was influential to the developments of American modernism and the artistic philosophy of Duncan Phillips.

Scene of several men and woman along a riverbank, with a sailboat and mountain landscape in the far horizon.

Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Fantasy, about 1917. Oil on canvas; 22 5/8 x 31 5/8 in. The Phillips Collection: Acquired 1921.

Congenial Spirits: Art in Dialogue

Saturday, January 20, 2024, 2–3:15 pm

In this session join Molly Medakovich, art historian and DAM teaching specialist, and Giulia Bernardini, art historian and founder of boutique travel company, Wonderfeast, in conversation around key pairings in All Stars: American Artists from The Phillips Collection.

Group of migrants walking across a landscape with their belongings, with a flock of birds overhead

Jacob Lawrence, Migration Series, Panel 3, 19401941. Casein tempera on hardboard; 12 in. x 18 in. The Phillips Collection: Acquired 1942. © 2022 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Circa 1941: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series in Context

Saturday, February 10, 2024, 2–3:15 pm

Between 1940-1941, Jacob Lawrence conceived and executed the 60 small panels that comprise the Migration Series, four of which are on view in All Stars. This talk, led by Dean S. Sobel, Associate Professor of the Practice of Art History and Museum Studies and Art History faculty at the University of Denver, explores how and why this series became so popular.

All Stars: American Artists from The Phillips Collection is organized by The Phillips Collection in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum.

Support is provided by the Tom Taplin Jr. and Ted Taplin Endowment, the Birnbaum Social Discourse Project, Drs. Ellen and Morris Susman, Lisë Gander and Andy Main, Mike Leprino Family Foundation, the Kristin and Charles Lohmiller Exhibitions Fund, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS Colorado.