Today Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland (UMD) announced a wide-ranging six-year partnership that will involve the development of new facilities, educational curricula, and curatorial programming.
The two institutions plan to open a new gallery and open-storage facility in Prince George’s County to display work from the Phillips’s 4,000-piece collection. UMD, which has invested $3 million in the partnership, will also become the “primary presenter” of the museum’s “Intersections” shows, which “invites artists of today to explore the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions.”
In addition, the Phillips’s Center for the Study of Modern Art, its research facilities, will be renamed the University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection, and will expand its work, hosting seminars and study programs, supporting two new postdoctoral fellowships, and digitizing the museum’s collection of 9,500 scholarly books, exhibition catalogues, and correspondence, among other initiatives.
“This is a pivotal moment in Phillips history,” said the Phillips’s director, Dorothy Kosinski, in a statement to press. “As we look toward the museum’s 100th anniversary in 2021, we intend to redefine its role within the cultural community locally and globally. Together with the University of Maryland…we can reach new audiences, disrupt conventional thinking, and inspire new heights of achievement and impact.”