The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents Hard Copy: Book as Sculpture, an exhibition of 15 artist books that transcend the boundaries of ordinary books and sculpture alike. On view through January 17, 2010, each artwork takes the subject of the book, either literally or figuratively, and transforms it into a three-dimensional piece of art.
National Museum of Women in the Arts presents 26 masterworks by some of Australia’s best-known painters, including Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Dorothy Napangardi Robinson, Abie Loy Kemarre, Mitjili Napurrla, and Eubena Nampitjin in Lands of Enchantment: Australian Aboriginal Painting, on view October 9, 2009, through January 10, 2010.
With contemporary art, what you see is rarely all you get. Artists today visually and thematically layer abstraction, text, symbols, cultural references, and personal experiences to create meaning and depth in their work. Telling Secrets: Codes, Captions and Conundrums in Contemporary Art features 39 paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, and prints from NMWA’s collection selected to inspire viewers to make multiple interpretations and inscribe their own ideas and experiences onto each work.
During Shakespeare’s time, women were not permitted to act or produce works for the public stage. As a result, dramatic works authored by women during the Renaissance were published under a man’s name or never performed during the writers’ lifetimes. Through the joint efforts of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Washington Shakespeare Company, the writings of these unsung women playwrights and dramatists are now being rediscovered and recognized for their historical and theatrical contributions to society.