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A young boy looks at a ceramic sculpture in a case in a special exhibition at the museum
Photo credit: Yassine El Mansouri

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

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Alabama

MAR 28–MAY 31 2020

Zelda

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Zelda Fitzgerald was not only the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald but also an artist herself, whose efforts were often overshadowed by her husband. Her obsession with perfection soon led to a mental illness, which had her seek solace and expression through art, from oil painting to watercolor paper dolls.


Alaska

FEB 07–APR 06 2020

Sara Tabbert: Lowlands

Alaska State Museum 

Print maker and mixed media artist Sara Tabbert’s woodblock prints and panel work shine a light on often overlooked objects and environments. In her new exhibition, Lowlands, Tabbert will debut new sculptural and techniques while also exploring the strange and beautiful landscapes of interior Alaska.


Arizona

JAN 06 2019–MAY 01 2020

Maria Hupefield: Nine Years Towards the Sun

Heard Museum

Hupefields’s solo exhibition is a laboratory, performance venue, and archive that contains 40 years of her work including performance, sculptural installation, video, and documents. Through her work she rejects harmful notions of Native identity, uplifting Native art into the contemporary world.


California

APR 25–AUG 23 2020

Hella Feminist: An Exhibition

The Oakland Museum of California

Spurred by the #MeToo movement and recent wave of progressive political activism, feminism today has become increasingly about how race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual identity are interrelated, creating a movement that is more inclusive and more powerful than those that came before. Hella Feminist invites vistors to experience and re-think the concept of feminism and to consider how everyone can take action to shape a more just future.


Colorado

SEPT 27 2019–JAN 31 2021

Shantell Martin: Words and Lines

Denver Art Museum

Words and Lines features Shantell Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity, and play. It includes an interactive wall with triangular boxes that rotate, an animated video projection, and a third section focused solely on Martin’s renowned drawings.


Connecticut

MAY 17–NOV 01 2020

Genesis Belanger

Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art

Her first solo exhibition, Belanger’s practice of sculpture and tableaux is primarily composed of porcelain, stoneware, and upholstery.  The dreamlike jumbles invoke surrealist art, however the animated compositions embody conditions that channel our self-possessed present.


Delaware

NOV 16 2019–APR 15 2020

Look to The Land: A Mary Putman Retrospective

Delaware Contemporary

In this 50-year retrospective, Mary Putman draws on the visual language of rural Delaware to communicate farming practices, memory, and melancholic reverie. The retrospective features paintings that reflect her years of observing the landscape as a means to explore the significance, traditions, and rituals of farming.


District of Columbia

FEB 02–MAY 02 2020

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery

Women have long been the creative force behind Native American art, yet their individual contributions have been largely unrecognized. This exhibition aims to recognize their achievements, dating from antiquity to the present, made in a variety of media from textiles and beadwork, to sculpture, time-based media and photography.


Florida

DEC 01 2019–SEPT 27 2020

Mickalene Thomas: Better Nights

The Bass Museum of Art

Thomas transforms the galleries into an immersive art experience embodying an apartment environment, conceptually reconstructed according to the domestic aesthetic of the period inspired by a local New Jersey play and the parties in the late 1970s. Select works by the artist and emerging artists of color will be included.


Illinois

OCT 25 2019–APR 19 2020

Woven: Connections and Meaning

National Museum of Mexican Art

This exhibition includes the work of five contemporary Mexican and Mexican-American women artists weaving fresh narratives that address social justice and activism: the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration, identity, environment, materiality and resistance.


Kentucky

JAN 24–JUN 14 2020

Mariam Ghani + Erin Ellen Kelly: When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved

Speed Art Museum

A once popular Christian sect, the Shakers were devoted to bringing about a utopian society founded on simplicity, celibacy, and equality of race and gender. With only two remaining followers, a meditative performance through remaining physical sites is filmed to evoke their lost way of life, exhibited along with photographs.


Maryland

DEC 11 2019–JUN 19 2020

Adorned: African Women & the Art of Identity

Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston

Across sub-Saharan Africa, a strict gendered division of artistic labor existed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. BMA’s collection highlights women’s critical role in shaping and maintaining social identities. These vibrant and intricate works serving as visual signifiers of age, marital status, ethnic identity, economic achievement, and national identity.


Massachusetts

JAN 20–JUL 05 2020

Carolina Caycedo: Cosmatarrayas

Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston

Caycedo’s ongoing project, Be Dammed, examines the impacts of dams built along waterways by transnational corporations, including the displacement and dispossession of peoples, particularly in Brazil or Colombia. Sculptures are assembled with handmade fishing nets and other objects collected during field research in river communities affected by the privatization.


Michigan

MAY 09–AUG 16 2020

Beauty and Pain: Photographs by Nathalia Edenmont

Flint Institute of Arts

Edenmont explores the themes of fruitfulness and loss, as well as beauty and pain, through her large-scale photographs of women and nature. She uses the camera as a tool to create a unique vision of the world, carefully staging elements focused on a solitary figure against a solid color background.


Nebraska

FEB 08–MAY 10 2020

Amy Cutler

Joslyn Art Museum

Cutler’s images are uncanny and often detail impossible scenarios unfolding. A skilled draughtsperson, Cutler seeks stylistic inspiration from a wide array of art historical sources, including Persian and Indian miniature painting, Medieval religious imagery, and Japanese ukiyo-e woodcuts.


New Mexico

DEC 13 2019– APR 26 2020

Beatrice Mandelman: Overflowing with Color

The Harwood Museum of Art

The exhibition showcases serigraphs (silkscreen prints) and color lithographs made by Madelman, known as a Taos Modernist. Mandelman’s color-saturated prints of everyday scenes—realistic streetscapes, landscapes, and seascapes among them—transform into visions by layers and layers of colors carefully laid one over another.


New York

MAR 15–JUN 14 2020

Bisa Butler: Portraits

Katonha Museum of Art

Butler creates vivid and larger-than-life quilts that capture African American identity and culture, elevating a medium once designated as craft into high art. With each fabric, she uses texture, color and the cultural origin of the cloth to create a personal iconography that makes statements about society and identity.


Pennsylvania

MAR 14–JUL 26 2020

Margaret Honda: Forum 82

Carnegie Museum of Art

For this exhibition, Honda has created a singular, enigmatic sculpture. Painstakingly rendered in lifelike detail including internal organs, and measuring nearly five feet long, the work is modeled after a frog-like form Honda observed in a Renaissance painting in Milan.


Rhode Island

AUG 31 2019–NOV 3 2019

An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain

Carnegie Museum of Art

Featuring nearly 125 photographs, this exhibit explores the intricacies of armed combat through the work of a photographer who lived through the Vietnam War. Through Lê’s lens, viewers are exposed to military training, maneuvers, and reenactments, and are invited to question their own relationship to, and complicity in, conflict.


Rhode Island

OCT 20 2020–JAN 24 2021

Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities

RISD Museum

Pakistani American artist Shahzia Sikander is celebrated for bringing Indo-Persian miniature-painting traditions into dialogue with contemporary art practice. This exhibition tracks the first 15 years of her artistic journey during which she interrogated gender, sexuality, race, class, and history including in her groundbreaking deconstruction of miniature paintings.


Texas

FEB 07–MAY 03 2020

Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art

San Antonio Museum of Art

Texas has been well known for its representational and figurative art but by the mid-20th century, several artists began a rigorous exploration of abstraction and non-objectivity—including women. They made significant contributions to the development of abstraction in America, including works in painting, sculpture, installation, and works on paper.


Washington

MAR 05–JUN 28 2020

Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstract Variations

Seattle Art Museum

O’Keeffe’s work from the 1910s to 1930s are on display, their shared title and palette drawing an immediate connection between musical cadences and painterly hues. The paintings equation with music casts O’Keeffe as a composer, creating beauty not through the principles of representation, but in a language of pure abstraction.

National Museum of Women in the Arts