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Culture Watch: NMWA highlights selected exhibitions by women artists around the country and internationally.

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Arizona

JAN 30–MAY 01 2016

Betye Saar: Still Tickin’

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Acclaimed for her mixed media assemblages from the last six decades, Saar reflects on African-American identity, sexism, and oppression. The retrospective showcases sculptures, works on paper, and specially reconstructed installations organized under themes of nostalgia, mysticism, and the construction of political and racial images.


California

JAN 22–MAY 01 2016

Body/Land: A 25-Year Retrospective of Anne Scheid

Fresno Art Museum

Anne Scheid’s black and white drawings combine landscape and figures to explore their interconnectedness: the earth as the theater for human actions and the human as a vulnerable and transient presence within the cycles of the natural world. Body/Land is an artistic quest to connect with nature and to traverse the depths of the human condition.


Colorado

NOV 06 2015–NOV 30 2016

Liz Larner: X

Aspen Art Museum

Liz Larner’s presentation at the Aspen Art Museum showcases the artist’s longstanding investigation into the poetic possibilities of sculpture. X (2013), a mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture installed outdoors, highlights the artist’s use of line, color, volume, and form to produce new relationships between the viewer and the surrounding environment.


Florida

MAR 24–SEP 11 2016

Michele Oka Doner: How I Caught a Swallow in Mid-Air

Pérez Art Museum Miami

This exhibition presents functional designs, works on paper, and ceramics inspired by natural forms. A Miami native, Doner is best known for her expansive design of the floors of the Miami International Airport, inspired by local flora. The exhibition coincides with the Miami City Ballet’s presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with costumes and sets designed by the artist.


Georgia

SEP 04 2015–SEP 04 2016

Twists and Turns: Sculptures by Alice Aycock

Georgia Museum of Art

Like much of Aycock’s work, these sculptures were originally designed as part of the site-specific public art installation on Manhattan’s Park Avenue. The artist attempted to “visualize the movement of wind energy as it flowed up and down the Avenue creating random whirlpools…touching down here and there and sometimes forming dynamic three-dimensional massing of forms.”


Illinois

NOV 21 2015–MAY 08 2016

Kathryn Andrews: Run for President

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

In Andrews’s first solo museum exhibition in the US, the artist uses her sculptures as rich allegory for presidential candidates, campaigns, sitting in office, and the end of presidency. Charting the rise and fall of the president (also a metaphor for the artist herself) reveals cultural connections both humorous and critical, demonstrating how meanings are always contingent and in flux.


Indiana

MAR 04 2016–JAN 08 2017

A Joy Forever: Marie Webster Quilts

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Celebrating the legacy of Marie Daugherty Webster—widely considered one of the leading designers in the history of early 20th-century quilt making—the exhibition consists of 25 appliquéd quilts, 13 patterns, and Webster’s scrapbook. Born and raised in Indiana, Webster gained fame and international recognition through publication of her work and patterns in Ladies Home Journal.


Iowa

OCT 24 2015–MAR 20 2016

Janet Ruttenberg: Figure in the Landscape / Kathy Ruttenberg: Landscape in the Figure

Dubuque Museum of Art

Accomplished artists in their own rights, mother and daughter Janet and Kathy Ruttenburg exhibit for the first time together. The exhibit of paintings by Janet and ceramics by Kathy juxtaposes the two mediums and artists to reveal intense observations of the human figure and the natural world.


Louisiana

JAN 15–MAY 14 2016

Fashion from Fiction: Romance Novel Dresses by Carrie Ann Schumacher

Hilliard University Art Museum

Exploring the relationship between fictional, romanticized representations of women in romance novels and the real-life experiences of women in contemporary American society, Schumacher highlights the objectifying effect they have on women's identity. By melding the materials and forms of these social influences into her own sculptures, the artists invites us to imagine the individuals who might wear these dresses.


Massachusetts

JAN 09–MAR 20 2016

Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

Peabody Essex Museum

Cuban-born artist Maria Magdalena Compos-Pons collaborates with her husband, musician and composer Neil Leonard for an immersive, multi-sensory exhibition. Incorporating the smell of rum together with paintings, photographs, soundscapes, and large blown-glass sculptures, Compos-Pons alludes to the Cuban sugar industry’s turbulent history.


Michigan

JAN 31–APR 17 2016

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Begun as a way for women training in applied arts to earn income, the Newcomb Pottery Enterprise produced beautiful Art Nouveau objects in the first half of the 20th century. This exhibit features the best work of the New Orleans collective and illustrates the profound impact Newcomb Memorial College had on the community during a time when educational opportunities for women of the Deep South were few.


Minnesota

NOV 21 2015–APR 10 2016

Andrea Büttner

Walker Art Center

Büttner explores art history and social issues while challenging the belief systems underlying ethical dilemmas. The first U.S. solo exhibition of the German artist’s works juxtaposes diverse media including woodcut, weaving, reverse glass painting, and moss cultivation with video, performance, and a new installation.


Missouri

JAN 15–APR 03 2016

Arlene Shechet: Urgent Matter

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Shechet’s exhibit at CAM features colorful, abstract sculptures between two and three dimensions from her “Parallel Play” series. The forms are both playful and visceral, captivating and grotesque, and often seem on the verge of tipping over. A recent winner of the College Art Association Award for Distinguished Body of Work, Shechet constantly breaks the rules of ceramic production and challenges the definition of sculpture itself.


New York

AUG 24 2015–MAR 06 2016

The Aftermath of Conflict: Jo Ractliffe's Photographs of Angola and South Africa

Metropolitan Museum of Art

As a South African, Angola was an abstract place to Ractliffe. Her three photographic series chronicle her process of coming to know the country and its complex regional histories, its civil war, and the legacies of militarization and colonialism. Through her camera, Ractliffe addresses themes of displacement, occupation, conflict, memory, and erasure.


Ohio

FEB 02–MAY 29 2016

Judit Reigl: Body of Music

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College

In the first survey of Hungarian-born artist Judit Reigl’s abstract expressionist works, the body and music are parallel themes. Classical music guides Reigl’s movements and a recent series was created with her whole body. The resulting works read like energetic musical scores that live on the boundary between figuration and abstraction.


Pennsylvania

NOV 07 2015–MAR 14 2016

The Weight of Watercolor: The Art of Eileen Goodman

Woodmere Art Museum

Known for her works’ signature saturated color and complex textures, Eileen Goodman is one of Philadelphia’s most respected realist painters. The exhibition covers five decades of her career from early figurative drawings to her most recent monumental watercolors.

Virginia

OCT 10 2015–MAR 27 2016

Sarah Hazlegrove: Tobacco People

Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke

What began as a personal journey on her family’s tobacco farm has grown into a multinational project that took photographer Sarah Hazlegrove to Malawi, Indonesia, Brazil, and Cuba to explore the people and communities involved in the vanishing industry of tobacco cultivation. Hazlegrove uses still photography, projections, videos, and installations to capture the differences and universalities of a life built around tobacco.

Washington, D.C.

AUG 29 2015–JUN 05 2016

Perspectives: Lara Baladi

Freer-Sackler Galleries

The Egyptian-Lebanese multimedia artist combines archival photographs with her own images to investigate photography’s role in constructing perceptions of the Middle East. Part of the museum’s “Perspectives” series, Baladi’s ten-by-twenty-nine-foot collage tapestry illustrates a genesis story that topples stereotypical views of Egypt.


International: Denmark

NOV 07 2015–MAY 16 2016

Gerda Wegener

Arken Museum of Modern Art

Featuring her transgender spouse, Lili Elbe, as her favorite subject, the Danish artist traversed traditional boundaries of gender identity. The exhibition features 200 works—the largest display ever of Wegener’s art—and showcases how the artist’s Art Deco illustrations and portraits won her acclaim in Paris.


Greece

DEC 09 2015–JUN 30 2016

Elles

Frissiras Museum Athens

One of its most important exhibitions to date, the 15-year-old museum presents an exhibition paying homage to European women painters of the second half of the 20th century. Drawn from the permanent collections, the 67 artists featured played instrumental roles in the development of contemporary art today.