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Culture Watch: NMWA highlights selected exhibitions by women artists around the country and internationally.

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NOV 05 2016–JAN 02 2017

Audubon Inspirations: Prints by Jane E. Goldman

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University

This exhibition features 12 silkscreen and hand-printed digital prints by Jane E. Goldman that pay homage to naturalist and artist John James Audubon. Auburn University features Goldman’s paintings of Audubon books placed in natural environments.


OCT 15 2016–JAN 08 2017

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Heard Museum

Working with themes of feminism, cultural identity, and Native history, Kay WalkingStick paints landscape, abstract, and figurative works. This exhibition is a survey of five decades of the American Indian artist’s paintings.


NOV 09 2016–FEB 12 2017

Covered In Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

Cuban artist Ana Mendieta is well-known for her “earth-body” works which address violence, femininity, and sense of place. BAMFA presents the largest collection of Mendieta’s films ever displayed in the United States.


SEP 24 2016–JAN 02 2017

Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections

Bruce Museum

This exhibition features works by both established and emerging women artists from around the globe, including Kiki Smith, Yayoi Kusama, and Dana Schutz. The artworks are on loan from various private collections in Connecticut. 


OCT 08 2016–JAN 08 2017

Elizabeth Osborne: The Sixties

Delaware Art Museum

Influenced by Color Field painters such as Helen Frankenthaler, Elizabeth Osborne is best known for her landscapes and seascapes. This exhibition surveys the Philadelphia-based artist’s painting from the 1960s.


SEP 30 2016–APR 23 2017

Sarah Oppenheimer: S-281913

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Sarah Oppenheimer works at the intersection of art, architecture, and philosophy. S-281913 was commissioned by the Perez Art Museum Miami, which describes the work as “two architectural ‘switches:’ eccentrically rotating glass elements that alternate in transparency and reflectivity in relation to lighting conditions and viewing position.”


OCT 01 2016–APR 02 2017

Driving Forces: Sculpture by Lin Emery

Georgia Museum of Art

The Georgia Museum features four large-scale outdoor sculptures, as well as smaller sculptures in the galleries, by New Orleans artist Lin Emery. Emery finds inspiration in music, dance, and natural forms, which is reflected in the movement of the aluminum sculptures.


AUG 25 2016–JAN 15 2017

Visions of Gothic Angels: Japanese Manga by Takaya Miou

Honolulu Museum of Art

Japanese manga artist Takaya Miou is influenced by a range of artistic traditions and cultures, including Italian Renaissance painters, Art Nouveau illustrations, and Tokyo’s Harajuku street style. This exhibition features Takaya’s illustrations as part of the museum’s exhibition series on contemporary manga.


AUG 13 2016–FEB 19 2017

Laura Heit: Earth & Sky

Boise Art Museum

The Boise Art Museum features an installation and a film by Polish artist Laura Heit. The museum will also display an animated installation that invites viewers to imagine a star system, moons, and planets in a faraway universe.


OCT 29 2016–JAN 08 2017

Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Diana Thater creates immersive film and video installations which incorporate elements of sculpture and architecture. The Sympathetic Imagination is a series of immersive film and video installations that include video footage of architectural structures, dancing bees, and dolphins.


SEP 30 2016–AUG 06 2017

Monika Sosnowska

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Market, Monika Sosnowska’s sculpture inspired by the metal stalls in the markets of Warsaw, Poland, hangs from the ceiling at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Sosnowska questions the supposed certainty and sustainability of architectural structures through her work.


SEP 17 2016–JAN 22 2017

Vivian Maier: Through a Critical Lens

Des Moines Art Center

This exhibition is comprised of 70 photographs by Vivian Maier taken from the late 1940s–early 1980s in New York City and Chicago. Having kept her photos private during her life, it was not until two years after her death in 2011 that they were displayed publically for the first time. Through a Critical Lens seeks to question the role of gender in street photography.


SEP 13 2016–DEC 11 2016

Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread

Colby Museum of Art

Teresa Margolles is a Mexican-born artist whose work addresses socio-political issues in Mexico, including violence, death, and sorrow. We Have a Common Thread features textiles created by women in various Latin American countries, all of whom have dealt intimately with violent conflict. The exhibit also features a textile created in New York City that addresses police brutality in the U.S.


SEP 25 2016–MAR 12 2017

Front Room: Guerrilla Girls

Baltimore Museum of Art

The Guerrilla Girls are a group of anonymous women artists based in New York City who began working in 1985 to challenge sexism and racism in the art world. This exhibition features a selection from their poster collection, Portfolio Compleat.


SEP 16 2016–JAN 29 2017

UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991–2015

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This exhibition surveys the work of Los Angeles-based artist and writer Frances Stark. It includes various media including video, drawing, and collage. Stark’s work addresses diverse subjects and themes including art history, domesticity, labor, class, music, and architecture.


AUG 27 2016–FEB 12 2017

Fire Within: A New Generation of Chinese Women Artists

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

These contemporary works by Chinese women artists address themes of identity, interpersonal relationships, sociopolitical issues, and womanhood in China. According to the museum, “their probing investigations stir discussion and draw attention to their diverse and varied experiences.”


NOV 19 2016–MAR 19 2017

Janet Cardiff: Forty-Part Motet

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

This 2001 sound installation by Janet Cardiff consists of 40 speakers arranged in an oval. Participants can enter and move freely through the installation, where choral music written in the mid-1500s is performed by the Salisbury Cathedral Choir. Each speaker corresponds to one singer’s voice.


OCT 08 2016–JAN 08 2017

Hayv Kahraman

Joslyn Art Museum

Hayv Kahraman is an Iraqi artist who is interested in issues of gender, violence, and war. Her painting style draws from art historical influences such as illuminated Arab manuscripts, Italian Renaissance painting, Japanese calligraphy, and Persian miniatures. Two of Kahraman’s works are also on view at NMWA in NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collectionthrough January 8, 2017.

New Hampshire

JAN 05 2017–MAR 12 2017

Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish

Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College

Iranian-born Bahar Behbahani creates work that references the contested spaces of Persian gardens, which emerged in the 6th century B.C.E. The ongoing series Persian Gardens addresses Iran’s complex history and the poetic beauty of the gardens themselves.

New Jersey

SEP 10 2016–JUN 18 2017

Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series

Montclair Art Museum

This exhibition explores the dialogue between Janet Taylor Pickett and Henri Matisse through 76 of her collages and four handmade books. The artist combines elements of African sculpture, textiles, and culture with details from Matisse’s work.

New York

Through FEB 12 2017

Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is the diary I let people read,” says Nan Goldin. This slideshow of nearly 700 portraits is a narrative of love, loss, suffering, and ecstasy told over many years. Goldin is best known for her deeply personal photographic portraits of friends, many of which are on display in the exhibition.


AUG 13 2016–JAN 29 2017

Corita Kent: Spiritual Pop

Portland Art Museum

Corita Kent was a nun, teacher, activist, and Pop artist, who came to prominence in the 1960s. She drew from her surroundings in Los Angeles—street signs, billboards, the cityscape—to create her vibrant prints. The exhibition includes approximately 50 prints created throughout Kent’s career.


SEP 16 2016–MAR 12 2017

Concentrations 60: Lucie Stahl

Dallas Museum of Art

The subjects of Lucie Stahl’s images include food, trash, limbs, and magazine clippings. Using a flatbed scanner, she constructs photographs that raise questions about consumer culture, branding, and excess. This is her first solo museum show in the U.S.


OCT 01 2016–MAY 14 2017

Follicular: The Hair Stories of Sonya Clark

Taubman Museum of Art

Sonya Clark has worked with hair and combs throughout her career in order to provoke thought about beauty standards related to race, socioeconomic class, and gender. This solo exhibition features her multimedia works, site-specific installations, and performances.


SEP 14 2016–JAN 01 2017

Linda Hyatt Cancel

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

Working with the effects of light and atmosphere, Linda Hyatt Cancel creates stunning landscape paintings of sites throughout the U.S. From Washington to Central Idaho to the South Carolina Lowcountry, she pays homage to the beauty and mystery of the American landscape.

Washington, D.C.

JUN 09 2016–MAY 14 2017

Bettina Pousttchi: World Time Clock

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

World Time Clock was created from 2008–2016 as Bettina Pousttchi traveled the world. The work is a series of 24 photographs each taken in a different time zone. The German artist has long been interested in questions of time, space, and global structures of dominance.


SEP 10 2016–JAN 01 2017

Rineke Dijkstra: Rehearsals

Milwaukee Art Museum

This exhibition features two of Rineke Dijkstra’s large-scale video installations that play footage of young Russian dancers in rehearsal. The Milwaukee Art Museum writes that the artist “seeks to capture her subjects as they begin to build their own identities and present themselves in the way they wish to be perceived.”