Creative Voices DC

Center for Art and Knowledge

Inaugurated in 2011, Creative Voices DC brings together the local creative community of Washington, DC, through panel discussions that include artists, collectors, curators, writers, and performers. Participants are encouraged to discuss works and projects in progress, exchange ideas, and share experiences.

The idea for Creative Voices DC aligns closely with what museum founder Duncan Phillips felt to be an important part of his own work as a museum director and the Phillips as an institution: the unwavering appreciation and support of living artists. Phillips believed that “artists speak not only for themselves but for those of us who are intensely interested in other ways of seeing than our own.”

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
László Moholy-Nagy: Painting after Photography
Joyce Tsai discusses her book László Moholy-Nagy: Painting after Photography. This provocative book examines crucial philosophical questions László Moholy-Nagy explored in theory and practice throughout his career. 

NOVEMBER 9, 2017
Laid, Placed, and Arranged
Join artists Hiroyuki Hamada, Francie Hester, Ellington Robinson, and Wilfredo Valladares, along with exhibition curator and moderator Taras W. Matla, as they discuss their contributions to the exhibition Laid, Placed, and Arranged, on view now through December 8, 2017 at the University of Maryland Art Gallery. In collaboration with the University of Maryland Art Gallery

OCTOBER 25, 2017
Riley Temple
Riley Temple will discuss his latest book, Aunt Ester’s Children Redeemed: Journeys to Freedom in August Wilson's Ten Plays of Twentieth-century Black America. Temple demonstrates how Wilson uses language (including poetry and the blues) to bring each play’s characters to a point of redemption and freedom. Wilson employs fundamental theological doctrines to exhort Aunt Ester’s children to remember by whom and how they were free and made whole. Temple, a Washington, DC arts advocate, holds his JD from Georgetown and a Master in Theological Studies, cum laude, from the Virginia Theological Seminary. Temple will be in discussion with Timothy Douglas (2017 National Black Theatre Festival Lloyd Richards Director Award), Jennifer Nelson (Associate Artist at Mosaic Theater), and Deidra Starnes (Duke Ellington School of the Arts), with moderator Ann Greer (Theater Consultant at The Phillips Collection).

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
Dr . Abigail McEwen: Revolutionary Horizons
Dr. Abigail McEwen, Associate Professor in Art History at the University of Maryland, discusses her book 
Revolutionary Horizons: Art and Polemics in 1950s Cuba with Vesela Sretenović, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Phillips Collection. Dr. McEwen’s book offers the first in-depth examination of art in 1950s Cuba, when modernism in Havana reached its climax. During these turbulent years, a generation of artists embraced abstraction as a means to advance artistic and political goals in the name of Cuba Libre. A decade of insurrection and ultimately revolution, abstract art signaled the country's cultural worldliness and its purchase within the international avant-garde. Dr. McEwen's book examines Cuban art following the intersecting trajectories of the artist groups Los Once and Los Diez against a dramatic backdrop of modernization and armed rebellion. In addition to conversation about the new book, Dr. McEwen and Dr. Sretenović will discuss an upcoming project at the Phillips featuring Cuban-born, Puerto Rico-based artist Zilia Sánchez.

NOVEMBER 17, 2016
Herman Maril: The Strong Forms of Our Experience
Panel discussion about Herman Maril, the important Maryland-based modernist. Duncan Phillips “discovered” Maril in 1933, kicking off the artist’s long and successful career as a painter and an art professor at the University of Maryland. Ann Prentice Wagner, Curator of Drawings at the Arkansas Arts Center, is the curator of the exhibition Herman Maril: The Strong Forms of Our Experience,  on view at the University of Maryland Art Gallery. Other speakers: Taras W. Matla, Assistant Director of the University of Maryland Art Gallery; Christine McCarthy, Executive Director of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in Provincetown, Massachusetts; Melissa Renn, Collections Manager of the Harvard Business School Art Collection; and Richard Klank, Professor of Painting and Art Theory at the University of Maryland and a friend and colleague of the artist. 

JANUARY 14, 2016
Creative Voices DC: What Images Teach Us?
Educated in law and art history, French scholar Vanessa Badré uses well-known works of art to contemplate the creative processes of master artists - including da Vinci, Manet, van Gogh, Picasso, and Duchamp - arguing that masterpieces are never completely new, rather they are a collection of prior efforts and existing designs. In a lively dialogue, Badré helps her audience see how great artists were keen on recycling, with a twist, and reassess the opportunity for creativity in our own work today. In partnership with the DC Chapter of the French Chamber of Commerce.

OCTOBER 7, 2015
Creative Voices DC: Music and Entrepreneurship
Panel discussion on how performing and visual artists are increasingly challenging traditional models of arts patronage and building sustainable careers by creating socially engaged work in collaboration with community partners. At the same time, art institutions and schools provide forums to experience such works as well as training for artists to collaborate with businesses and community stakeholders.

OCTOBER 1, 2014
Creative Voices DC: Emilie Brzezinski, 30 years of Sculpture
Panel discussion on the work of Emilie Brzezinski, followed by The Lure of the Forest book signing. The panel includes the artist Emilie Brzezinski; Mika Brzezinski, the daughter, journalist, TV & film producer, and host of MSNBC Morning Joe; and Aneta Georgievska-Shine, one of the book authors and lecturer, renaissance and baroque Art, theory at the University of Maryland, and will be moderated by Vesela Sretenovic, the Phillips senior curator of modern and contemporary art.  

Creative Voices DC: Nonuments
Join the Phillips’s Center for the Study of Modern Art and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for a panel discussion of Nonuments, a 5x5 project curated by Lance Fung, including participating artists and moderated by the Phillips senior curator of modern and contemporary Vesela Sretenovic. 

MAY 23, 2013
Global Photography
Conventional borders—geographic, institutional, and between media—no longer define the contemporary photography scene. Panelists examine what is influencing the reception of photographs in our global age. Panelists: Gloria Creech Kirk, artist; Michael Platt, artist; Muriel Hasbun, photographer; Schwanda Rountree, collector; and Erin Haney, scholar. Moderated by Phillips Curatorial Associate Wendy Grossman. In collaboration with the Millennium Arts Salon, Washington, DC.

FEBRUARY 7, 2013
Experience Economy
“Experience designers” around the globe are pushing the boundaries of innovation and creating uniquely personal and memorable experiences for the customers they serve. DC is witnessing innovative experience design in the fields of hospitality, healthcare, government, philanthropy, food, retail, real estate development, media, and the arts. Panelists discuss the meaning of “experience economy,” and the ways in which institutions can and are approaching experience as a distinct economic offering. Panelists: James Gilmore, Co-founder of Strategic Horizons; co-author of The Experience Economy, Authenticity and Markets of One; Karen Hold, CEO and Design Strategist in Customer Experience and Innovation for Experience Lab; Klaus Ottmann, Curator at Large and Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art, The Phillips Collection; Septime Webre, Artistic Director, Washington Ballet; Leslie Felbain, Associate Professor, Head of MFA in Performance program, University of Maryland; Artistic Director, Infinite Stage; Kera Carpenter, Owner/Chef, Domku Café; and Patricia Zingsheim, Chief of Downtown Planning, District Office of Planning.

OCTOBER 24, 2012
Brian Dailey
Artist and former Phillips Trustee Brian Dailey discusses his portrait series America in Color, on view at the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery (New York) October 17 through November 18. Dailey’s series explores the intersection of American politics, individual character, and the role of perception in how we view and understand the vital components that shape the political process.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
Jules Olitski
A panel discussion in conjunction with two exhibitions of works by American abstract painter Jules Olitski on view in Washington, DC, at American University’s Katzen Arts Center and the George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. Panelists: E.A. Carmean Jr., Alison de Lima Greene, Lauren Olitski Poster, and Karen Wilkin. Moderated by Lenore Miller.

MARCH 8, 2012
Changes in Photography over the Last 15 Years
Panelists: Frank Goodyear, National Portrait Gallery curator of photography; Kirsten Hoving, PhotoPlace Gallery director; Laura Katzman, associate professor of art history at James Madison University; and Dean Kessmann, Fine Arts and Art History Department chair at the George Washington University and artist. Moderated by Phillips Curatorial Associate Wendy Grossman.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
DC's New International Contemporary Art Fair, (e)merge
Panelists: Veronica Jackson, principal at the Jackson Design Group and art collector, Washington, DC; Siobhan Rigg, artist exhibiting at (e)merge and associate professor of new media at the George Washington University; and Jamie Smith, cofounder of Conner Contemporary Art and co-director of (e)merge. Moderated by Klaus Ottmann, director of The Phillips Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art and curator at large.

MAY 25, 2011
Washington-based Artists Discuss Their Creative Process and Current Work
Moderated by Phillips Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenović. Panelists: Carol Brown Goldberg, Jefferson Pinder, Janis Goodman, and Dan Steinhilber.

FEBRUARY 7, 2011
Contributions of African American Artists
Panelists: Adrienne Childs, art historian, University of Maryland; Billy Colbert, artist; Lisa Gold, executive director, Washington Project for the Arts; Judy A. Greenberg, director, The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC; and Claudia Rousseau, critic, art historian, Montgomery College, Maryland. Moderated by Richard Long, cultural historian, and professor emeritus at the Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University, Atlanta.

In collaboration with Millennium Arts Salon; sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.