Upcoming Exhibitions

Maria Sibylla Merian, Plate 70 from Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam, 1719; Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay

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JUN 05–SEP 13 2015

Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015

Depictions of nature can illuminate themes of sexuality, gender politics, the abject, and the sublime. In the fourth installment of the NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series, contemporary artists use imagery and materials taken from the natural world. The works on view recontextualize images of plants and animals and redefine the relationships between women, nature, and art. Calling to mind entrenched associations of women with nature, the exhibition opens a dialogue about these traditional views.


JUN 05–SEP 13 2015

Super Natural

Rather than merely document beauty, artists in Super Natural engage with nature as a space for exploration and invention. Historical painters and naturalists focused on the singularity or strangeness of plant and animal specimens, sometimes adding narrative details and imagined settings. The exhibition juxtaposes their works with photographs, books, and videos by contemporary artists who share their artistic foremothers’ uninhibited view of flora and fauna. Maria Sibylla Merian, Rachel Ruysch, Mary Vaux Walcott, Ana Mendieta, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Janaina Tschäpe, Elisabetta Gut, and others illuminate women artists’ unrestrained absorption with nature.


SEP 04 2015–JAN 17 2016

Esther Bubley

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.