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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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California

MAY 28–AUG 20 2017

Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean

Craft & Folk Art Museum

This solo exhibition of Betye Saar features the artist’s series of washboard assemblage sculptures—an ongoing body of work that Saar started in the late 1990s. The washboard is a symbol Saar uses to examine the intersection of race, class, and labor.


Connecticut

JUN 01 –SEP 03 2017

Mika Tajima: After Life

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

After Life is an illuminated space that responds to the sentiment of future human expressions modeled by computer algorithms. The installation uses natural language processing and sentiment analysis to consider a future modeled after life itself. It is a contemplation of an escape from a life thoroughly scraped and decoded.


Delaware

MAY 13–SEP 03 2017

Assemblage: A Regional Collective of Women Artists

Delaware Art Museum

Assemblage features a group of 17 women artists from the greater Philadelphia area who exhibit collectively once a year. Working in various media, subjects include the figure, animals, architecture, nature, and both realistic and abstract forms.


Florida

APR 21–SEP 24 2017

Toba Khedoori

Pérez Art Museum Miami

The exhibition is the first major museum presentation of Toba Khedoori’s new paintings and her first survey in fifteen years. Khedoori frequently depicts architectural forms from distanced perspectives, rendering commonplace objects and spaces familiar yet decontextualized. The exhibit explores the artist’s nuanced and powerful body of work.


Illinois

APR 27– AUG 06 2017

Firelei Báez: Vessels of Genealogies

Depaul Art Museum, Chicago

Dominican-American artist Firelei Báez creates large-scale paintings, drawings, and textiles that evoke the beauty and political implications of hairstyles, textiles, and tattoos for those whose cultural identities have remained traditionally absent from dominant culture.


Indiana

MAY 05–JAN 07 2018

Crazy Quilts: Stitching Memories

Indiana Museum of Art

Crazy quilts, made by women as a leisurely pursuit and used as decorative parlor throws, were extremely popular throughout the United States in the 1880s and 1890s. This exhibition will trace the brief history of this unique style of quilt in the context of the period’s increasing industrialization and explore how women expressed their creativity through crazy quilts.


Massachusetts

MAY 13–AUG 20 2017

Dana Schutz: People At Odds

ICA Boston

A concise exhibition of the artist’s recent work, Dana Schutz combines abstraction and figuration with expressive imagination, fragmented bodies, banal objects, and quotidian scenes to create oddly compelling and intriguing pictures.


Minnesota

MAY 11–OCT 15 2017

Katharina Fritsch: Multiples

Walker Art Center

This exhibit spans the artist’s career, from early examples from her student years at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie to later pieces, providing a look into her long-standing themes and idea. Celebrated as one of the most innovative sculptors of our time, Fritsch mines the history, myths, and fairy tales of Germany as well as her own thoughts and dreams to explore the nature of human perception and experience.


Mississippi

MAR 28–JUL 22 2017

Lasting Impressions: Restoring Kate Freeman Clark

The University of Mississippi Museum

This exhibition pays tribute to Mississippi artist Kate Freeman Clark and seeks to reintroduce her work to the history of American painting by drawing attention to the ongoing restoration of her career and her canvases.


Nevada

MAY 27–AUG 27 2017

Jessica Rath: Take Me to the Apple Breeder

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno

After a visit to the Plant Genetics Resource Unit (PGRU) in Geneva, New York—a joint USDA/Cornell University project—Jessica Rath created nine apple-inspired sculptures. This exhibition features materials drawn from the archive collections of the artist in the museum’s Center for Art + Environment.


New Hampshire

JUN 09–AUG 27 2017

Julie Blackmon: The Everyday Fantastic

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover

This exhibit features work from the major American photographer's most recent, and ongoing, series, “Homegrown.” A lifelong resident of Springfield, Missouri, Blackmon approaches Middle America with a poetic combination of wonder and worry as she explores the perpetual mysteries of daily life in a particular place.


New York

APR 21–SEP 17 2017

We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85

Brooklyn Museum

Focusing on the work of black women artists, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism. Presenting a diverse group of artists and activists, the exhibition features a wide array of work, including conceptual, performance, film, and video art, as well as photography, painting, sculpture, and printmaking.


North Carolina

APR 08–SEP 03 2017

Looking South: Photographs by Eudora Welty

North Carolina Museum, Raleigh

This exhibition features a portfolio of 18 photographs by the acclaimed American novelist and short story writer Eudora Welty, produced by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in 1992 to represent the range of her photographs from the 1930s and early 1940s.


Ohio

JUN 02 2017– SEP 17 2017

Lu Yang: Delusional Mandala

Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland

In her first solo exhibition in the United States, artist Lu Yang presents a series of striking videos drawn from diverse references that investigate the politics of gender, religion, sexuality, and the nature of contemporary neuroscience and medicine.


Oregon

MAR 11 2017–OCT 29 2017

CCNA: Connecting Lines, Brenda Mallory and Luzene Hill

Portland Art Museum

Luzene Hill’s work in this joint exhibition focuses on issues of violence against Native women, female empowerment, and native sovereignty. In Brenda Mallory’s installation, Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes, tall shapes resembling charred timbers or skeletal plant stalks are surrounded by colorful, lively spore-like forms. 


Pennsylvania

APR 28 2017–AUG 06 2017

Ginny Casey & Jessi Reaves

Institute for Contemporary Art, University of Philadelphia

This joint exhibition features more than 30 works by painter Ginny Casey and sculptor Jessi Reaves—several of which were created specifically for this exhibition—that reimagine the form and function of objects encountered in daily life.


Tennessee

MAY 26 2017–SEP 10 2017

Vadis Turner: Tempest

First Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville

Vadis Turner: Tempest presents objects surrounding three potential phases of a woman’s life: the young Wild Woman, the Mother, and the Elder. In her work, she transforms commonplace objects associated with women, such as ribbons and bedding, into bold, textured assemblages that assert the value of female experiences, especially rites of passage.


Texas

APR 08 2017– JUL 09 2017

FOCUS: Katherine Bernhardt

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Katherine Bernhardt’s vibrant and youthful paintings hover between abstraction and figuration. Her subjects abound in popular and consumer culture and are depicted in a simplified, flat, gestural style that approaches a cartoonish quality. She is influenced by quotidian items, places, and African, Moroccan, and Caribbean textiles.


Virginia

MAY 12 2017–AUG 13 2017

Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and Tête-à-Tête

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach

In this exhibition, renowned artist Mickalene Thomas explores the photographic image as a touchstone for her practice. Her famous paintings of domestic interiors and portraits are large-scale, multi-textured and rhinestone-encrusted.  With each series, she grapples with and asserts new definitions of beauty and inspiration.


Washington

JUN 30 2017–SEP 10 2017

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Seattle Art Museum

Following a blockbuster run at Washington D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors travels to the West Coast. Spanning over five decades, the exhibition focuses on the evolution of the Japanese artist’s immersive, multi-reflective Infinity Mirror Rooms, and explores how the rooms developed from material engagements with sculptural forms to ethereal mirror rooms in which light and reflections extend in all directions.

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