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APR 08–JUL 31 2016
In Arabic, the word rawiya means “she who tells a story.” The idea of a woman storyteller is a fitting premise for these photographs made by pioneering women with roots in Iran and the Arab world. Each image tells a poignant story, and each artist offers a vision of the world she has witnessed. More than 70 photographs made within urban and rural landscapes and in public and private spaces probe ideas about personal identity and vital political issues. This exhibition invites viewers to explore changing cultural landscapes and confront their own preconceptions.
JUN 10–OCT 02 2016
Alison Saar In Print
Alison Saar (b. 1956, Los Angeles) uses dynamic printmaking techniques to explore feminine, racial, and cultural themes. The artist’s hand-wrought woodcuts combine strong color and bold forms. Her central figures hold evocative objects—snakes, knives, fry pans, plants, or bottles—which allude to a range of myth, lore, and legend. Drawn from NMWA’s collection as well as private collections, the exhibition also examines how Saar’s printmaking practice relates to her sculptural work.
OCT 14 2016–FEB 26 2017
Wanderer/Wonderer: Pop-Ups by Colette Fu
Colette Fu is renowned for her immense, sculptural pop-up books. This focus exhibition presents works from her series “Haunted Philadelphia,” inspired by eerie historical sites in her hometown, and “We are Tiger Dragon People,” her visual explorations of the culture in China’s Yunnan Province—her ancestors’ homeland. Fu’s works combine images of landscapes she has explored with elements of fairy tales and folklore. Through engineering feats, she transforms her photographs into oversized pop-ups, some with kinetic elements and blinking lights. Gathered together, Fu’s books form a pop-up fantasy world.