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

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Alabama

JUN 05 2014–JAN 04 2015

Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise

Birmingham Museum of Art

The exhibition includes examples of 50 beautiful silver works wrought by Hester Bateman and her descendants over a span of 50 years. The polished tableware that once signaled elegant refinement takes on a new luster when viewed as the product of Bateman’s tenacious pioneering in female enterprise. This exhibition tells the remarkable story of the famed 18th-century silversmith.


Arizona

NOV 14 2014–JAN 18 2015

VIVID: Works by Liz Whitney Quisgard

Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

Inspired by Moorish architecture, Navajo textiles, Byzantine mosaics, and the Baroque, Liz Whitney Quisgard creates a world of her own through embroidered tapestries which transport the viewer to an exotic and engaging place. A painter for more than 60 years, Quisgard appreciates the patience that comes with working in fiber, referring to her detailed work as “pseudo-pointillism,” the combination of painstaking patterns and heavily structured designs with bright, jewel-like colors and abstract ideas.


Connecticut

OCT 19 2014–APR 05 2015

Mary Beth Edelson: Six Story Gathering Boxes (1972–2014)

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

This participatory exhibition brings together six of Mary Beth Edelson’s ground-breaking story gathering boxes—seminal contributions that encapsulated an evolving feminist art legacy and evidenced the very first vestiges of what is familiarly known today as “social practice.” These works, taken as a whole, engage audience interconnectivity to establish an exhibition hinged upon “interaction” in order to explore the diverse ways in which we relate to collaborative art and its impact on the world beyond the museum.


Florida

NOV 09 2014–JAN 11 2015

Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Working in realist and expressionist styles, American artist Theresa Ferber Bernstein (1890–2002) treated the major subjects of her time, including the fight for women’s suffrage, the plight of immigrants, World War I, jazz, unemployment, racial discrimination, and occasionally Jewish themes. While her portrait subjects include Albert Einstein, Martha Graham, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday, it is her particular sensibility and empathy with those subjects that set her apart from her contemporaries. The exhibition features paintings along with interviews and related memorabilia spanning the artist’s long and illustrious career.


Indiana

NOV 02 2014–FEB 15 2015

Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life

Indianapolis Museum of Art

The ancient land and rich cultural traditions of the Southwest region of the United States fueled the imaginations of early 20th century artists like Georgia O’Keeffe. The evocative still life paintings produced by these artists helped attract audiences to visit the Southwest and, still today, provide a fascinating example of art’s capacity to document the essence of a place and time. Focusing on still lifes—representations of an object or groups of objects—the exhibition features more than 50 works that provide fascinating examples of art’s capacity to capture the essence of a particular place.


Massachusetts

SEP 17–DEC 21 2014

Sigalit Landau: DeadSee

Davis Museum at Wellesley College

Known for a performative art practice that explores the landscapes of Israel, Sigalit Landau works in video, installation, sculpture, and drawing. Her elegant video, DeadSee, embeds the artist’s nude body within a spiral of 500 floating watermelons, gradually unfurling in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. The piece reinscribes the representational tradition of “still life” with unexpected layers of reference and movement.


Wisconsin

AUG 01 2014–JUL 26 2015

Charlotte Kruk: Consumer Couture—The Politics of Having

Racine Art Museum

With her own special twist on the idea of “eye candy,” Charlotte Kruk uses recognizable consumer packaging—such as gum and candy wrappers, sugar and coffee bags, and food tins—to create garments and sculptures that reflect our material culture. Visually compelling and conceptually provocative, Kruk’s work questions the relationship between dress, power, gender, and consumerism with both humor and serious intent.


International: England

NOV 07 2014–FEB 08 2015

Gretchen Bender

Tate Liverpool

Discover the work of American multimedia artist Gretchen Bender (1951–2004). Gretchen Bender presents the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work in the UK to date and showcases a selection of her immersive pioneering multimedia installations. Unseen for 20 years, a major highlight of the exhibition is a reconstruction of Bender’s seminal video performance Total Recall (1987).