In Your Region
Culture Watch: NMWA highlights selected exhibitions by women artists around the country and internationally.
Are you an artist looking for opportunities in the art world? Check out our online resources about artist residencies, grants, commissions, and more.
View Artist Resources
JUL 29–DEC 15 2013
Self-taught photographer Newsha Tavakolian began her career as a photo-journalist at the age of 16, eventually publishing work in National Geographic, Le Monde, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time Magazine. Tavokolian’s vibrant, engaging images document the evolving role of women as they battle or subvert gender-based restrictions.
JUL 12–NOV 03 2013
In her mesmerizing sculptures, Liza Lou expands the possibility of familiar objects and enlivens abstract shapes through the methodical application of glass beads. MCASD will debut Color Field, Lou’s newest, large-scale sculpture, measuring more than 20 feet by 20 feet.
JUL 23–NOV 2013
Los Angeles–based artist Amanda Ross-Ho’s first outdoor public art project, THE CHARACTER AND SHAPE OF ILLUMINATED THINGS, explores how photography is similar to the act of seeing. Updating Joseph Beuys’s famous declaration “Everyone is an artist,” Ross-Ho suggests more specifically that today everyone is a photographer, as the ubiquity and speed of digital photography shapes the way we view and experience the world.
AUG 27 2013–JAN 12 2014
The exhibition introduces the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian. These prominent photographers have tackled the very notion of representation with passion and power, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern identity.
JUL 21 2013–JAN 26 2014
This solo exhibition features photographs selected from several series Carrie Levy created over the past decade and a half. Vulnerable, disquieting, and unsettling, her portraits explore the politics of representation: the gaze of the photographer and the subject of the gaze. Although she has photographed women frequently in her work, this exhibition presents male portraits “under the microscope of a severe female gaze,” as Levy puts it.
AUG 17 2013–JAN 12 2014
Diane Landry (Canadian, b. 1958) is one of Canada’s foremost installation artists: her work is exhibited throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. The artist employs everyday objects, sound, light, and shadow in her evocative constructions. Her inspiration is the rhythms of the world. The exhibition includes work created 1992–2013.
JUL 16–NOV 03 2013
Robert Henri’s wedding portrait of Eulabee Dix suggests that the subject has her own story to tell. Dix was an interesting and complicated woman, who even her own family has struggled to understand. This exhibition, drawing works from family collections, gives a glimpse into the personal life of this complex artist.
JUL 27–OCT 20 2013
This exhibition is the first major survey of the artist’s life and career. Born in Washington State, Vanessa Helder’s career spanned several periods of major change in American art from the advent of modernism in the early part of the 20th century to the rise of abstraction in the post-war years. She worked primarily in watercolor, creating works that radiate clear color, and showed a rare talent for tightly controlling a medium known for its fluidity and soft, blurry line.
SEP 25 2013–JAN 19 2014
Mira Schendel (1919–1988) was one of Latin America’s most important and prolific post-war artists. With her contemporaries Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Schendel reinvented the language of European Modernism in Brazil. This exhibition is the first international full-scale survey of her work with over 250 artworks, revealing aspects of Schendel’s dialogues with a diverse range of philosophers and thinkers, as well as her engagement with universal ideas of faith, self-understanding, and existence.