Upcoming Exhibitions

Soda_Jerk, After the Rainbow (film still), 2009; 2-channel video installation, 5 min. 42 seconds; Courtesy of the artists

Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!


SEP 19–NOV 02 2014

Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow

In collaboration with the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ (DCCAH) public art project 5 x 5, NWMA presents a video installation by Soda_Jerk, a two-person art collective from Australia. Developed through sampling, a technique of appropriating segments from music, videos, and film, After the Rainbow (2009) combines film clips from The Wizard of Oz (1939) and a 1960s television special starring Judy Garland. The work interweaves the fantasy world of cinema with the complex reality of Garland’s life.


SEP 27 2014–SEP 27 2015

New York Ave Sculpture Project: Magdalena Abakanowicz

The third installation of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project honors a pioneer among women artists. Five works by internationally renowned artist Magdalena Abakanowicz (b. 1930) will be on view in the median of New York Avenue, NW, between 12th and 13th Streets. Abakanowicz’s monumental bronzes representing human figures and her dynamic stainless steel birds in flight exemplify universal issues: the power of nature, the force of destruction and the resiliency of hope. Organized by NMWA, the Sculpture Project is a collaboration between the museum, the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID), the DC Office of Planning and other local agencies.


NOV 17 2014–MAY 08 2015

Doris Lee: American Painter and Illustrator

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

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

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

Daisy Makeig-Jones

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.


JUN 05–SEP 13 2015

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. 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.