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

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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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


DEC 09 2015–JUN 30 2016


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.