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  • Sep 06 2015

    Free Community Day: September

    12–5 p.m. No Reservations Required. The first Sunday of the month is Community Day at NMWA—enjoy free admission to the museum all day!
  • Sep 09 2015

    SEP 09 Gallery Talk: Vanessa Bell

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center Heather Slania on “Vanessa Bell’s Hogarth Press Designs”.
  • Esther Bubley, Children waiting for their mother to finish shopping (detail), 1945; Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in.; Gift of Robert and Kathi Steinke; © Standard Oil (New Jersey) Collection #26162; Photographic Archives, University of Louisville; Photograph by Lee Stalsworth
    Sep 16 2015

    SEP 16 Gallery Talk: Esther Bubley

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Manager of Digital Engagement Laura Hoffman.
  • Gallery talk looking at Petah Coyne's "Untitled #781"
    Sep 23 2015

    SEP 23 Gallery Talk: Collection Connections

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Assistant Educator Ashley W. Harris.
  • Sep 26 2015

    Museum Day Live!

    10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tickets Required. NMWA celebrates Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live! with free admission to the museum.
  • Mrs. Dalloway book cover by Vanessa Bell
    Sep 29 2015

    Literary Event: Banned Book Club

    5:30–7 p.m. Sold Out. Join the discussion about Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” during Banned Books Week.
  • Honor Freeman's "Commission - Tupperware - Transforming a Chaotic Kitchen"
    Sep 30 2015

    SEP 30 Gallery Talk: Collection Connections

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Associate Educator Adrienne L. Gayoso.
  • Image of bluegrass band Dead Men’s Hollow
    Oct 02 2015

    Performance: Hootenanny

    FRI, OCT 02, 7:30–8:30 p.m.; SAT, OCT, 03 2–3 p.m.; SUN, OCT 04, 2–3 p.m.; SAT, OCT 10, 2–3 p.m.; SUN, OCT 11, 2–3 p.m. Reservations Recommended. Experience the world premiere of a new play by Monique LaForce, co-presented by Guillotine Theater and NMWA.
  • Gallery talk looking at May Stevens's "SoHo Women Artists"
    Oct 04 2015

    Free Community Day: October

    12–5 p.m. No Reservations Required. The first Sunday of the month is Community Day at NMWA—enjoy free admission to the museum all day!
  • Image of Leila Buck
    Oct 05 2015

    Staged Reading: Hkeelee (Talk to Me)

    8–9:30 p.m. Sold Out. Come for a staged reading of Leila Buck’s “Hkeelee (Talk to Me),” in conjunction with Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
  • Esther Bubley, New York, New York (detail), 1948; Gelatin silver print, 8 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.; Gift of Kenneth and Lori Polin and Family; © Jean B. Bubley; Photograph by Lee Stalsworth
    Oct 07 2015

    OCT 07 Gallery Talk: Esther Bubley

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Digital Editorial Assistant Emily Haight.
  • Image of Bella Hristova
    Oct 07 2015

    Shenson Chamber Music Concert: Bella Hristova

    7:30–9:30 p.m. Registration Required. Our 2015–16 Shenson Chamber Music Concert series begins with violinist Bella Hristova.
  • Image of Jennifer Nelson
    Oct 12 2015

    Staged Reading: Run Home

    7:30–9:30 p.m. Sold Out. Come for a staged reading of Jennifer Nelson’s “Run Home,” in conjunction with Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
  • Esther Bubley, Untitled (Washington, D.C.) (detail), 1943; Gelatin silver print, 9 x 8 in.; Gift of Jill and Jeffrey Stern; © Jean B. Bubley; Photograph by Lee Stalsworth
    Oct 14 2015

    OCT 14 Gallery Talk: Esther Bubley

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Curatorial Assistant Stephanie Midon.
  • Image by Cara Despain for Micol Hebron’s Gallery Tally
    Oct 18 2015

    FRESH TALK: Righting the Balance

    3–8 p.m. Reservations Required. Join a group of leading art world professionals and gender activists for a conversation on gender parity in the arts followed by Sunday Supper.
  • Image of Sarah Gancher
    Oct 19 2015

    Staged Reading: The Place We Built

    7:30–9:30 p.m. Sold Out. Come for a staged reading of Sarah Gancher’s “The Place We Built,” in conjunction with Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
  • Gallery talk looking at Chakaia Booker's "Acid Rain"
    Oct 21 2015

    OCT 21 Gallery Talk: Collection Connections

    12–12:30 p.m. No Reservations Required. Our gallery talk series continues with a discussion led by NMWA Associate Educator Adrienne L. Gayoso.

Exhibitions

  • Magdalena Abakanowicz, Stainless Bird on Pole II, 2009; © Magdalena Abakanowicz, Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery, New York; Photography by Laura Hoffman
    Sep 27 2014 to Sep 27 2015

    New York Ave Sculpture Project

    Learn about the only public art space featuring changing installations of contemporary works by women artists in Washington, D.C.
  • Maria Sibylla Merian, Plate 70 (from “Dissertation in Insect Generations and Metamorphosis in Surinam”, 2nd Ed.), 1719; Hand-colored engraving on paper; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay
    Jun 05 2015 to Sep 13 2015

    Super Natural

    On view June 5–September 13, 2015. Learn how historical and contemporary women artists engage with the natural world as a space for exploration and invention.
  • Dawn Holder, Monoculture (detail), 2013; Porcelain; Courtesy of the artist
    Jun 05 2015 to Sep 13 2015

    Organic Matters

    On view June 5–September 13, 2015. Examine the relationships between women, nature, and art in the fourth installment of NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series.
  • Eva Zeisel (manufactured by Manifattura Mancioli), Belly Button Room Divider Prototype, 1957; Ceramic with metal rods, 60 x 36 in.; Courtesy of Eva Zeisel Archive; Photo by Brent Brolin
    Oct 30 2015 to Feb 28 2016

    Pathmakers

    On view October 30, 2015–February 28, 2016. Explore art, craft, and design by dynamic women artists from the mid-20th century and today.
  • Esther Bubley, New York, New York (detail), 1948; Gelatin silver print, 8 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.; Gift of Kenneth and Lori Polin and Family; © Jean B. Bubley; Photograph by Lee Stalsworth
    Sep 04 2015 to Jan 17 2016

    Esther Bubley Up Front

    On view September 4, 2015–January 17, 2016. Explore works by photographer Esther Bubley that capture American life during the “Golden Age” of photojournalism.