Upcoming Exhibitions

Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun's Portrait of Princess Belozersky
Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun, Portrait of Princess Belozersky, 1798; Oil on canvas, 31 x 26 1/4 in.; Gift of Rita M. Cushman in memory of George A. Rentschler

Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!

JAN 29–MAY 22 2016

Salon Style: French 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.

APR 08–JUL 31 2016

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

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.