Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!
NOV 17 2014–MAY 08 2015
Doris Emrick Lee (1905–1983) was an American painter and illustrator. In her wide-ranging career, she painted murals for the United States Post Office buildings, participated in annual exhibitions at the Carnegie Institute in Washington, D.C., created commissioned work for Life magazine, and illustrated children’s books. This exhibition showcases photographs, sketches, and objects from the Doris Lee Papers housed in the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center.
DEC 05 2014–APR 12 2015
NMWA’s 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 6th to the 18th century.
MAY 01–AUG 16 2015
Employed as a designer at the Wedgwood pottery company from 1909 to 1931, Daisy Makeig-Jones (1881–1945) melded technical ingenuity with vivid imagination to develop decorative china called lusterware. Makeig-Jones’s fascination with fairytales and myths from around the world inspired her brightly colored, intricate designs featuring fairies, imps, and goblins, with which she covered the interiors and exteriors of bowls, vases, cups, and boxes. Featuring 38 outstanding works from a private collection, Daisy Makeig-Jones reflects upon the artist’s place in the history of decorative arts as well as her identity as a modern woman and artist.
MAY 11–NOV 13 2015
Vanessa Bell (1879–1961) was an English painter, designer, and important member of the Bloomsbury roup, a cluster of culturally influential figures in early 20th-century London. Throughout her career she designed many book jackets and illustrations for Hogarth Press, a British publishing house founded by Bell’s sister, author Virginia Woolf, and Leonard Woolf. On view at the Library and Research Center, this exhibition showcases several examples of Bell’s exquisite, yet simple, designs.
JUN 05–SEP 13 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. Women to Watch is an exhibition series featuring emerging and underrepresented women artists held every two to three years developed in conjunction with the museum’s national and international outreach committees.