Phillips Collection Intersections: Icarus

In this video, artist Barbara Liotta installs Icarus in the Main Gallery at The Phillips Collection. Icarus, Barbara Liotta October 22, 2009-January 31, 2010 Conceived as a portrait of human energy and inner strength and as a symbol of flight and aspiration, this large-scale sculpture is made of strings and stones and suspended from the ceiling.

A performance in partnership with the Washingon Ballet. Andile Ndlovu of the Washington Ballet responds in dance to Barbara Liotta's sculpture, Icarus, and Maurice Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello performed by Yvonne Lam and Ignacio Alcover. Ndlovu and collaborator Septime Webre, artistic director of the Washington Ballet, use the abstract forms of the artwork and the mythical character's backstory as inspiration.