Upcoming Exhibitions

Eva Zeisel (manufactured by Manifattura Mancioli), Belly Button Room Divider Prototype, 1957; Ceramic with metal rods, 60 x 36 in.; Courtesy of Eva Zeisel Archive; Photo by Brent Brolin

Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!


SEP 04 2015–JAN 17 2016

Esther Bubley Up Front

Esther Bubley (1921–1998) captured American life as a freelance photographer during the “Golden Age” of photojournalism. Drawn from a recent donation of 60 vintage prints to NMWA’s collection, this exhibition features images by Bubley on subjects ranging from beauty pageants to boarding houses to pediatricians’ offices. Bubley’s photographs demonstrate her ability to achieve close connections with her subjects, while also remaining critical of the broader social issues that defined mid-20th-century America.


OCT 30 2015–FEB 28 2016

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today

This exhibition illuminates the vital contributions of women to postwar visual culture and their use of craft materials—especially clay, fiber, and metals—to explore concepts of Modernism. Featuring more than 80 works, Pathmakers focuses on women working at mid-century, such as Ruth Asawa, Lenore Tawney, and Eva Zeisel, as well as contemporary artists, including Vivian Beer, Hella Jongerius, and Front Design, whose work reflects the influence of their predecessors.


NOV 16 2015–MAY 13 2016

Womanimal: Zine Art by Caroline Paquita

Caroline Paquita (b. 1980) is a Brooklyn-based artist, zinester, and founder of Pegacorn Press. Her first self-published zine, Brazen Hussy, used xerography like other punk zines of the 1990s, but it already shows evidence of Paquita’s distinctive aesthetic, which features strong line work. Paquita’s recent work has focused on envisioning “Womanimals”—half-woman/half-animal creatures that seek to interject a queered whimsy and irreverence into distracted modern culture. This exhibition showcases Paquita’s punk art zine-making over the past 18 years.


JAN 29–MAY 01 2016

Salon Style: Portraits from the Collection

Presenting works at the salon—an exhibition sponsored by the Royal Academy of Art in Paris—marked success for artists in 18th-century France. The famed artist Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun was among the first women to exhibit at the event, yet she was by no means the only one. Drawn from the museum’s rich collection of 18th-century portraits, this focus exhibition visualizes the world of the art salon and reveals how French women artists inspired each other, as well as male artists who noted their great success.