Upcoming Exhibitions

Alex Prager, La Petite Mort Film Still #1 (detail), 2012; Courtesy of the Artist, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong

Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!


APR 26–SEP 14 2014

Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships

Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships presents more than 20 artworks and archival papers by Meret Oppenheim (1913–1985), a Swiss Surrealist whose recent 100th birthday was recognized with a worldwide series of exhibitions. Oppenheim’s relationships and personality are illuminated through her musings, books of poetry and prints, and original letters to artists and friends.


MAY 12–NOV 14, 2014

The First Woman Graphic Novelist: Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová

On view at the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center. Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová (1894–1980) was a Czech graphic artist whose 1929 novel Z mého dětství (From My Childhood) is widely acknowledged to be the first wordless novel created by a woman. Bochořáková-Dittrichová’s appealing and warm woodcut style was influenced by pioneering Belgian graphic artist Frans Masereel. This exhibition showcases five of her published novels as well as her unpublished book Malířka Na Cestách (The Artist on her Journey), which contains 52 original woodcuts about a young woman artist studying abroad, mirroring Bochořáková-Dittrichová’s own life at the beginning of her career.


JUN 06–OCT 12 2014

Total Art: Contemporary Video

Featuring recently acquired works in NMWA’s collection as well as loans from private and public collections, the exhibition highlights the inventive processes that sustain women artists’ position at the forefront of video. Total Art: Contemporary Video reflects the continued global scope of video, featuring works by Dara Birnbaum, Mwangi Hutter, Alex Prager, Michal Rovner, Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation, Janaina Tschäpe, and others.


DEC 05 2014 – APR 12 2015

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

The National Museum of Women in the Arts’ ground-breaking exhibition Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea will examine the concept of womanhood represented by the Virgin Mary and the power her image has exerted through time. Iconic and devotional, and also filled with social and political significance, the image of the Virgin Mary shaped Western art from the sixth to the eighteenth century. Picturing Mary features sixty-five masterworks from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, ranging from painted altarpieces and marble sculptures to enamels, drawings, and embroideries.